It's easy to forget that an everyday thing in one place could very well be an entirely foreign one in another. Words, phrases and concepts I thought were commonplace would occasionally warrant a "huh?" or "what did you just say?" from those around me. I was so interested by these subtle cultural differences, I started compiling a list...
- The word janky.
- The word shrug, like the clothing item.
- No one here has ever had/even heard of gooey butter cake.
- Llamas. My Eng 2600 teacher likes riding up mountain trails on his llama...
- There is a Smoothie King here, but I have yet to meet someone who's ever been.
- People don't know where Missouri is.
- Someone asked me what state Missouri is in.
- When I say my name is Betsy and I'm from Missouri, I get cow jokes. Too many cow jokes. (For the record, it's BESSIE the cow. Juhhheez.)
- When I showed some friends my neighborhood on GoogleEarth, they were shocked that our roads were made of concrete.
- My "diamond" earrings are "HUGE!" in the eyes of everyone here. I thought they were small(ish)?
- Tall Nike socks on girls? Unheard of. I've yet to see a girl other than myself to wear them. Boys, yes. Girls, no. Period.
- In elementary, middle and high school, students here are required to take classes on "Utah History." Apparently New Mexico is like that too...I don't think I could name much more than Missouri's state bird and tree.
- Snow days in Utah are rare, despite the fact that they get tons more snow here.
- The rumor that Utah has the world's greatest snow? Confirmed.
- Yes, this really is the Mormon capital of the world. Holymormons
- Utah does not have a donut shop that I've yet to visit that could ever rival Paul's Donuts.
I think knowlege of other cultures (despite the fact that a place just a few states over is often overlooked as a separate cultured entitity, but should be) is so grossly important in today's age. In any age.
I'm glad I took a chance.