MCB is linking up to Jared’s post on things you should know about living in Nashville.Â I’m not from Nashville proper, but from “out in the county”.Â I have a few that need to be added to help the newcomer get by.Â Nashville folks, please don’t take these personally…it’s all in good fun.
1.Â Never, under any circumstances, pronounce the word “Demonbreun” without using three m’s.Â The correct Nashville pronunciation is “Duh- muhm-bree-uhm”.
2.Â Don’t freak out and ask for an autograph when you see a someone famous.Â Nashville etiquette says that you ignore the celebrity.Â Â There is a very good reason for this.Â Â You need to be able toÂ brag to your friends laterÂ that you sawÂ a celebrity and didn’t care.Â Don’t makeÂ a big deal out of seeing someone famous.Â Make a big deal out of the fact that you didn’t make a big deal of it.
3.Â It’s not a “garden hose”.Â It’s a “hosepipe”–having the properties of both a hose and a pipe.
4.Â When you see a funeral procession, pull over.Â Don’t just slow down.Â Stop.Â Yes, this stands true for most of the South, but Nashville is a gateway city–the first stop for many transplants to the South.
5.Â The 24/7 Horn Honking Festival that takes place at the Capital every few years is not actually sanctioned by the Chamber of Commerce.Â That’s just a few concerned citizens who feel they shouldn’t have to pay a fee for the right to earn a living in our great state.
I hope these help.Â Once you’ve mastered Nashville, you can move on to a bigger challenge, like Knoxville.Â On second thought, just stay put–we like our peace and quiet around here.Â It makes it easier for us to here the whispers of our County Commissioners plotting and scheming in the shadows.