Kentucky is known for its fine Bourbon, amazing Derby experiences and classic storytelling throughout the state, but there are some other opinions that particularly don’t match up to the high-class of the residents of Kentucky. Let’s all be honest here, when a person states they are from Kentucky to an outsider, there are some assumptions that will arise and today, we are going to be discussing some of those common misperceptions.
Not Everyone Lives Out in The Country
As much as everyone would like to think, but no, residents from Kentucky do not all live out in the cornfields and play banjos with not so many teeth. Kentucky, although a rather small state does have some prestigious cities such as Louisville, Frankfort, Lexington, Bowling Green, and many more. You are probably more familiar with hearing about Louisville because of the Derby, which Louisville is home to. Although Kentucky is known for its major farming lands, the cities within Kentucky have been built up to be quite significant over the years as well.
Not Everyone Owns a Horse
Ah, the Derby, what a lovely experience each year in Kentucky! The occasion brings in audiences worldwide and unbelievably, Kentucky is the horse capital of not only the states, but the world! Can you believe that? That’s quite the amazing title, am I right? Does everyone in Kentucky own, ride and train horses? Absolutely not, just like any other region and or state, everyone within that specific area will be different and hold diverse interests. Unbelievably, but there are some people in Kentucky that are allergic to horses! Hard to believe, right?
Fooling Around with The Accent
Oh, the glorious Kentucky accent; for it follows the residents of Kentucky everywhere they go and it seems to never leave! Many outsiders consider that just because residents of Kentucky have more of that Southern drawl, the intelligence level of a typical Kentucky resident is much lower than that of someone who possesses more of an upscale, citylike accent throughout their voice. Could this be the case? Not necessarily! Most people in the state of Kentucky know how to pronounce their words and know the meaning behind what they are saying, it’s just an accent; not an intelligence drop!
Where Are the Fields of Blue?
It has been such an urban legend for the longest time that Kentucky has fields of blue grass all throughout the state, simply because the state of Kentucky was given its nickname from special fertilized soil, which at one time made parts of the grass blue. During portions of the Spring, the rich limestone soil does turn parts of the soil and grass a blueish hue, not bright blue, but yes, you can pick up a hint of blue.
What’s the Capital of Kentucky?
No, it sure isn’t good ole’ Louisville as many outsiders would consider that to be the grand capital of Kentucky! Wonder why that’s such a common misperception? Could it be because Louisville, and thier Hotbrowns, is one of the top leading and most prestigious cities in Kentucky? It’s widely known and talked about and home to the Derby! Ah, that must be the reason right there!
Actually, the state capital of Kentucky is another prestigious city with the name of Frankfort! Since the grand year of 1792, Frankfort has been the capital of Kentucky and I sure don’t see that changing anytime soon!
As We Speak of Louisville
Ah, good ole’ Louisville, Kentucky! What a grand and respected city to embark inside of! As I’ve mentioned prior, Louisville is home to the Kentucky Derby and many wonderful, as well creative attractions to get involved with, but the real question is how does one pronounce this great city? There are many perceptions as to how to accurately pronounce Louisville.
Some people tend to pronounce it Looeyville, or even Lewis-ville. Which one is the correct way? Now, that’s the argument of the century to say the least! That’s like asking which team is better, the UK Wildcats or the Louisville Cardinals? Yes, I’m just going to leave that there…
Kentucky Is Not Boring
Country is country, but to say the least, Kentucky has definitely been noted for having some of the finest and most thrilling outdoor activities to get involved with during all seasons of the year! All the way from zip lining within The Red River Gorge, exploring Mammoth Caves (the largest cave system in the world), to white water rafting in Elkhorn City; Kentucky will keep you on your toes and your eyes open for high adventure! A lot of outsiders think that just because Kentucky is more of a farming state with a lot of industrial work, it must be boring, but that’s far from the case. It’s always the quiet ones, am I right? Explore Kentucky and see what all this amazing state has to offer, but be sure to buckle in first!
Always Late for Dinners
Now, this is quite the interesting perception when it comes to arriving at the dinner table in Kentucky! Keep in mind that within some portions of Kentucky, saying that you’ll come to dinner can mean that you’re coming for a midday meal; kind of like a lunch. Kentucky is in its own little world to say the least! Dinner for most other states means having “dinner” at 5 or 6 PM, while in the grand state of Kentucky, dinner can a lot of the times mean sitting down for a lunch and then comes supper at 6 PM…
Getting It Right About Kentucky’s Bourbon
When it comes to Bourbon and Whiskey, Kentucky has you covered! A lot of people consider that Bourbon and Whiskey are two separate drinks, but it’s a known fact that the residents of Kentucky will teach you a thing or two about how all Bourbon is Whiskey, but “not all” Whiskey is Bourbon. I know, right? Welcome to Kentucky!
Don’t Down a Kentucky Basketball Team
Kentucky absolutely has quite the strong support system for their basketball teams, whether it be in Lexington (home of The Kentucky Wildcats), or Louisville (home of The Louisville Cardinals). Kentucky will let you know in 0.5 seconds who their absolute favorite basketball team is and fight to what feels like the end of the Earth to stick up for their team all season long, no matter if winning or losing!
When an Outsider Bashes Kentucky
As much as Kentucky gets made fun of, to a lot of residents, it’s still that sunny and bright, ole’ Kentucky home and always will be for a lot of residents. When residents of Kentucky hear others bashing their beautiful state, it cuts to the core of who the inhabitants of Kentucky are, their morals, and ways of high-class traditions. The hurt runs deep because the residents of Kentucky are intensely rooted in their family, love and respect for one another; even the common outsider.