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Montreal “unwritten rules” article and answers prove we are lovable freaks

Each city has its codes of conduct, these collective norms and habits which punctuate the urban frenzy. Much of the pleasure of living in a city comes from these subtle moments of tacit mutual understanding.

So what are the conventions that define life in Montreal? Local harpist Marie Hamilton, 29, took to Reddit to find out. His post asking for a list of Montreal’s “unwritten rules” garnered hundreds of upvotes and comments.

She told MTL Blog the post was inspired by her own experience of moving to the metropolis.

“I was curious to hear what Montrealers had to say about our city’s unwritten rules,” she said.

“There are so many little aspects of Montreal culture that go unnoticed until we talk about them or keep someone breaking the rule!

“I must have learned so much when I moved here from Rome. I have so many funny stories of breaking or being afraid to break these unsaid rules.”

And there seem to be a lot of them. Montrealers flocked to the comments section to give their opinion.

The sense of local order seems to be the most popular trait.

A few pointed out the practice of standing on the right side of the escalator to let others pass on the left. Others mentioned the intuitive habit of Montrealers of forming straight lines while waiting for the bus.

“We pretty much form civilian lines everywhere. First come, first served,” one of the leading comments read. Another commentator raised the notorious exception of metro riders, who they say tend to crowd around doors on entering and exiting.

There’s also the odd custom of picking a bagel camp and engaging in unsuccessful and uninformed dough arguments. “Pick a favorite bagel spot and fight anyone who tells you another is better,” one commenter wrote.

Then, of course, there is the famous “hello-hi”, which, as another reviewer explained, is both a greeting and an invitation to choose a language, but not something you can say to yourself. someone.

Other answers to Hamilton’s question seem to imply that although Montreal’s pedestrians and motorists are deadly enemies, they are united in their utter contempt for the rules of the road.

“Pedestrian crossings are just a suggestion,” wrote one person, commenting on the widespread culture of jaywalking.

Meanwhile, for those behind the wheel, traffic lights mean something a little different in Montreal.

“For drivers: yellow means gun, light turning red means ‘tie your hat’,” someone wrote. “For anyone else, going red means a brief moment of soul-searching into your own life worth before setting foot on the road.”

But the best part of Montreal might be its culture of tolerance.

As one reviewer put it, “You can be as weird as you want and people will let you live in every area of ​​your life.”