You know you are from PA if: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 who "Punxsutawney Phil" is, and what it means if he sees his shadow.The first day of buck and the first day of doe season are school holidays.You can use the phrase "fire hall wedding reception" and not even bat an eye.You can't go to a wedding without hearing the "Chicken Dance," at least one Polka and either an Italian song (sung in Italian,) or "Hava Nagila."At least 5 people on your block have electric "candles" in all or most of 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 three condiments "salt, pepper and Heinz ketchup".Words like "hoagie", "crick", "chipped ham", "sticky buns", "shoo-fly pie", "pierogies" and "pocketbook" actually mean something to you.You can eat cold pizza (even for breakfast) and know others who do the same.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 and enjoy it.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.You live for summer, when street and county fairs signal the beginning of funnel cake season.Customers ask the waitress for "dippy eggs" for breakfast.You know that Blue Ball, Intercourse, Climax, Bird-in-Hand, Beaver, Moon, Virginville, Paradise, Mars, and Slippery Rock are PA towns.You know what a township, borough, and commonwealth is. (At least you vaguely remember.)You can identify drivers from New York, New Jersey, or other neighboring states by their unique and irritating driving habits.A traffic jam is ten 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 and 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."Youse guys" is a perfectly acceptable reference to a group of men & women.You know how to respond to the question "Djeetyet?" (Did you eat yet?)You know how to pronounce Bryn Mawr, Wilkes-Barre, Schuylkill, Bala Cynwyd, and Monongahela.You know what a "Mummer" is, and are disappointed if you can't catch at least highlights of the parade - NOT!!.You actually understand these jokes and send them on to other PennsylvaniansSplotto
"Youse guys" is a perfectly acceptable reference to a group of men & women.You mean "yinz guys," don't you?
Don't forget "French (Freedom?) Toast" syndrome:The urge to buy eggs, bread, and milk when you hear the word snow.TDP
Who makes the gold birch, that's one I haven't seen? The others aren't bad but nothing beats the brown from a keg.And another to your listWhen you were a kid at a summer picnic you tried to sneak a quick mouthful out of the beer tap before filling up over at the birch, and thought you got away with something even tho the mix tasetd horribleherb
This is great. DH and I just moved to Philly from the west coast last fall. THESE ARE SO SPOT ON!!!If you haven't lived anywhere else, you may not realize HOW distinctive these are to PAn's!!C.
You mean "yinz guys," don't you? No way - everyone around here say's YOUSEC.
No way - everyone around here say's YOUSEC. I was in business Organization class this past spring and we were doing group projects acting out bizz situations in front of the class. One girl said "youse guys" and I just thought to myself never higher than middle management...if that . It was actually kind of funny.She was a cute buxom blonde, no that that had anything to do with it.J.P.
A traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a horse-drawn carriage on the highway in Lancaster County.This person has never experienced the joy of the Schukyll.That is the worst road everFord
I was in business Organization class this past spring and we were doing group projects acting out bizz situations in front of the class. One girl said "youse guys" and I just thought to myself never higher than middle management...if that . It was actually kind of funny.She was a cute buxom blonde, no that that had anything to do with it.Sorry, but around here in Philly I've heard from CEOs to janitors.It's geographical and no one seems to notice!C.
Sorry, but around here in Philly I've heard from CEOs to janitors.It's geographical and no one seems to notice! LOL I am from KENSINGTON (yes I have all my teeth, no criminal record and a job) and I don't speak that way, although I've heard it many times.I was just surprised to hear it in a college classroom in N.J. J.P.
oops, just wanted to bold face the "Kensington".In that last post.
C:Welcome to Philly. :-)Splotto
Hello:Technically is "YOUS." It is the plural of YOU. You see some friends sitting on their front step (or playing wire-ball, step-ball, or any other typical Philly sport) and you ask: Where are yous guys going tonight? :-)Splotto
Right - I think most Philadelphians don't realize that YOU is singular AND plural - "where are you guys going tonight?"C.
No way - everyone around here say's YOUSEDen yinz gize awl tawk funny 'n 'at.
You know how to pronounce Bryn Mawr, Wilkes-Barre, Schuylkill, Bala Cynwyd, and Monongahela.How about Pen Argyl? We here in the Slate Belt are feeling left out.
<<This is great. DH and I just moved to Philly from the west coast last fall. THESE ARE SO SPOT ON!!!If you haven't lived anywhere else, you may not realize HOW distinctive these are to PAn's!!C. >>I moved to here from New England ~7 years ago, it took me some time to grasp the local lingo. I still can't get used to scrapple.TDP
I still can't get used to scrapple.mmmmmmm....scrapple.Splotto
I get a double order of it every Sunday with breakfast. My daughter also loves it which freaks my ex out. She is from Va and transplanted up to the Poconos when we got married and still lives there but she never has gotten used to scrapple.herb
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