Sunday, January 21, 2007

Talking Pennsylvanian

My thanks to my Aunt Tina for this one...

Talking Pennsylvanian ...

Once a Pennsylvanian, ALWAYS a Pennsylvanian!
About Pennsylvanians:

You've never referred to Philadelphia as anything
but "Philly" and New Jersey has always been " Jersey"
You refer to Pennsylvania as "PA" (pronounced
Pee-ay). How many other states do that?

"You guys" is a perfectly acceptable reference to
a group of men & women

You know how to respond to the question
"Djeetyet?" (Didyoueatyet?)

You learned to pronounce Bryn Mawr, Wilke! s-Barre ,
Schuylkill , the Pocono's, Tamaqua, Tunkannock, Bala
Cynwyd, Duquesne & Monongahela.

You know what a "Mummer" is, and are disappointed
if you can't catch at least highlights of the parade.

You know what " Punxsutawney Phil" is, and what it
means if he sees his shadow.

The first day of buck & the first day of doe season are school

You know how to get 'rid' of things and how to read up.

You can use the phrase "fire hall wedding reception"
& not even bat an eye.

You can't go to a wedding without hearing the
"Chicken Dance," at least one polka & either an
Italian song (sung in Italian,) or "Hava Nagila."

At least 5 people on your block have electric
"candles" in all or most their windows all year

You know what a "Hex sign" is..

You know what a "State Store" is, and your
out-of-state friends find it incredulous that you
can't purchase liquor at the mini-mart.

You own only 4 condiments: salt, pepper, mustard &

Words like "hoagie," "crick," "chipped ham,"
"sticky buns," "shoo-fly pie," "pierogies" &
"pocketbook" actually mean something to you That's
PA slang for purse!

You can eat cold pizza (even for breakfast) and know others
who do the same. (Those from NY find this "barbaric.")

You not only have heard of Birch Beer, but you
know it comes in several colors: Red, White, Brown,

You know several places to purchase or that serve
Scrapple, Summer Sausage and Hot Bacon Dressing.

You can eat a cold soft pretzel from a street
vendor without fear & enjoy it. It almost always
comes with mustard.

You know the difference between a cheese steak & a
pizza steak sandwich, and know that you can't get a
really good one outside PA. Except Atlantic City on
the boardwalk.

You live for summer, when street & county fairs
signal the beginning of funnel cake season.

Customers ask the waitress for "dippy eggs" for

You know that Blue Bell, Intercourse, Paradise ,
Climax, Bird-in-Hand, Beaver, Moon, Virginville,
Mars, and Slippery Rock are PA towns. (and the first
3 were consecutive stops on the Reading RR).

You know what a township, borough, and
commonwealth is.

You can identify drivers from New York , New
Jersey , or other neighboring states by their unique
& irritating driving habits.

A traffic jam is 10 cars waiting to pass a
horse-drawn carriage on the highway in Lancaster County

You know several people who have hit deer more
than once.

You carry jumper cables in your car & your female
passengers know how to use them.

You still keep kitty litter, starting fluid,
de-icer, or a snowbrush in your trunk, even if you
now live in the south.

Driving is always better in winter because the
potholes are filled with snow.

As a kid you built snow forts and leaf piles that
were taller than you were.

Your graduating class consisted of mostly Polish,
German, & Italian names.

You know beer doesn't grow in a garden but you
know where to find a beer garden.

You also know someone who lives "down the lane"

You actually understand all this: send it on to
other Pennsylvanians or former Pennsylvanians!

And send it to people that never lived in PA and
confuse them.

1 comment:

Janene said...

Okay, every time I read one of those I find out new ways that us "Pittsburghers" are different from the rest of the world. Seriously, no one else has hot bacon dressing? Come on! :)

Now...I agree that the Carrie Underwood version of "Could've Been" sounds better - but it's TIFFANY! She was like the queen of my adolescence...not only did she date a New Kid (even if it was the one I thought wasn't cute ~ his brother was the one who did it for me!) She also made hair scrunchies look cool!