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21 Things No One Tells You About Leaving The South

The place where the tea and accents are sweeter.

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1. People will think it's strange when you refer to every sugary carbonated drink as "Coke."

"What kind of Coke do you want?"

"I'll have a Dr. Pepper."

2. Manners are something you'll take with you, but not always get in return.


Saying "Sir" and "Ma'am" doesn't happen everywhere.

3. No other tea can come close to the goodness that is homemade sweet tea.

Don't even mess with the store-bought stuff.
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Don't even mess with the store-bought stuff.

4. People will falsely assume that most Southerners are rednecks or from the backwoods.


The South has some of the brightest people and one of the most vibrant economies in the nation.

5. You never know what reaction you'll get when you refer to a group of people as "y'all."

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6. BBQ anywhere else doesn't even come close.

If it isn't smoked or slow-cooked for several hours, it isn't BBQ.

7. You'll realize that mosquitos are not the monsters they are back home...


8. ...and you don't miss the dozens of bites you would get just from walking outside.

9. You'll wonder why the rest of the world isn't constantly drinking Cheerwine or Dr. Pepper.

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10. Unlike back home, it becomes crystal clear that every household doesn't have a truck.

Or an optional four-wheeler.

11. Non-Southerners will never understand your love for Raising Cane's, Zaxby's, and Whataburger.

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12. You can't wrap your mind around the fact that AC isn't standard everywhere.


Because the South would be almost uninhabitable without central air.

13. If you move up north, you'll have no idea how to deal with a "real" winter.

Snow can go.

Snow can go.

14. People in other places will never know the simple joy of floating the river during the summer.

15. You find out that football anywhere else can't stack up.

Geaux Tigers, Roll Tide, War Eagle, and Hook 'Em just don't have as much PUNCH other places.
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Geaux Tigers, Roll Tide, War Eagle, and Hook 'Em just don't have as much PUNCH other places.

16. When you tell people you've gone mudding, they'll think you're crazy.

♫ Get a little mud on the tires ♫

17. When you use Southern sayings like "bless your heart" or "goober," no one will know what the hell you're talking about.

18. And nothing you find anywhere else will ever come close to the glory that is Cajun food.

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19. You'll be saddened that what it costs for a small studio anywhere else would get you a four-bedroom with a two-car garage back home.

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20. You’ll finally understand why people like summer weather, because it’s not the hot and humid hellscape you are used to.

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21. In the end, you know that no matter where your travels take you, the South will always be home.

American by birth, Southern by the grace of God.

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