Only A Pennsylvanian Would Understand

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I got this email forwarded to me, it sounds like a lot of these PA-isms are more for the rural Pennsylvanians (or as I call it "Pennsyltucky"). I added a few at the end.

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

You learned to pronounce Bryn Mawr, Wilkes-Barre, Schuylkill, the Poconos, 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 holidays.

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 long.

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 & ketchup.

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

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, Gold.

You know several places to purchase or that serve Scrapple, Summer Sausage (Lebanon Bologna), 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 breakfast.

You know that Blue Ball, 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 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".


Here are a few that i'll add, for those around Philly:

You know that it is a MAC machine and not an ATM.

You go "down the shore" not "to the beach".

There is only one REAL macot - The Philly Phanatic.

The "Big 5" doesn't refer to the United Nations Security Council (United States, China, France, Russia and The UK), but Big 5 Basketball (Villanova, Temple, LaSalle, Penn and St. Joseph's).

It is normal to drop a bomb on urban squatters.

What? All city police departments don't have calvalry units?

It isn't WATER it is pronounced "WUTTER".

Taylor Ham is a normal side dish with breakfast or an ingredient with Egg & Cheese in breakfast sandwiches.

Tastykakes kicks Hostess's ass. Ring Dings are tasty, but tell me that a Chocolate Junior isn't heaven.

When you travel to other cities, you try in vain to find a radio station as good as 93.3 WMMR or 94.1 WPST.

You not only like watching "Trading Places" for the humor, but also each scene they filmed in Philly.

You remember the days when Yuengling was only sold in Pennsylvania, and its called "LAGER".

Feel free to add your own.


Yeah, I got that one from one of my sisters. I love it. I remember the the first time someone around here tried to call Philly Phila, or PA Penna. I just stared at them, and calmly explained that it doesn't matter what the signs say, it's Philly and PA.

Your additions are great, too. I'm amazed at how much NYC radio sucks compared to Philly radio - and nothing beats the junkfood coming out of our state.

damn it is "wooder" not "wutter" :)

Those are "jimmies" and not "sprinkles" on your ice cream.
...and you really hate Joe Carter.

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