1. You’re confused why your new friends poke fun at you.
Rhode Islanders, along with the rest of the Northeast, don’t have much of a filter– they just tell it like it is. No beating around the bush, just brutal honesty. It’s difficult for newcomers to understand, and many are intimidated and confused by it. Some even mistake it for being rude, but it’s not. It’s a show of love. So when a new friend pokes fun at your shirt or the way you cut your hair, take it as a compliment. It means they like you. And if you can dish it back, you will be lifelong friends.