January 25, 2022

35 Unwritten Rules of Cincinnati

Whether you were born in the Queen City or moved here and became one of us, there are just some things that every Cincinnatian knows: Cincinnati-style chili is a delicacy, our traffic sucks and our pride runs deep for our sports teams — no matter how many times we've been burned.

While we may not all agree on the best goetta or whether Opening Day is an official holiday, there are a few things everybody knows (or should know) to be part of life in the 'Nati. We were recently inspired by local Reddit users to finally write them all down.
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Everyone feels strongly that their favorite Cincinnati chili restaurant is the best.
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Everyone feels strongly that their favorite Cincinnati chili restaurant is the best.

Why dey think gonna beat dem Bengals? Nooooobody!
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Why dey think gonna beat dem Bengals? Nooooobody!

Your boss knows you need Opening Day off.
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Your boss knows you need Opening Day off.

All Cincinnatians have a crush on Joe Burrow.

All Cincinnatians have a crush on Joe Burrow.

Despite the fact it's technically in CUF, we all know the University of Cincinnati is in Clifton.
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Despite the fact it's technically in CUF, we all know the University of Cincinnati is in Clifton.

Northern Kentucky is Cincinnati.
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Northern Kentucky is Cincinnati.

Everyone knows Blake Maislin’s phone number by heart.
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Everyone knows Blake Maislin’s phone number by heart.

It’s Cincy, not Cinci!
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It’s Cincy, not Cinci!

Everyone has a favorite and least-favorite Kroger location.
Photo: Jake Zuckerman

Everyone has a favorite and least-favorite Kroger location.

As a Cincinnatian, you have a personal relationship with George Clooney.
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As a Cincinnatian, you have a personal relationship with George Clooney.