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Aug 15 2012

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You Know You Are A Pennsylvanian

Talking Pennsylvanian

(This is for all you non-Pennsylvanians, so you can understand us better.)

Remember: Once a Pennsylvanian, ALWAYS a Pennsylvanian!

About Pennsylvanians:

  1. You’ve never referred to Philadelphia as anything but “Philly” and New Jersey has always been “Jersey”.
  2. You refer to Pennsylvania as “PA” (pronounced Pee-ay). How many other states do that?
  3. “You guys” is a perfectly acceptable reference to a group of men and women.
  4. You know how to respond to the question “Djeetyet?” (Didyoueatyet?)
  5. You learned to pronounce Bryn Mawr, Wilkes-Barre, Schuylkill, the Poconos, Tamaqua, Tunkannock, Bala Cynwyd, Duquesne, and Monongahela.
  6. We know Lancaster is pronounced Lank-aster, not Lan-kaster.
  7. You know what a “Mummer” is, and are disappointed if you can’t catch at least highlights of the parade.
  8. You know what “Punxsutawney Phil” is, and what it means if he sees his shadow.
  9. The first day of buck and the first day of doe season are school holidays.
  10. You know how to get ‘rid’ of things and how to read up.
  11. You can use the phrase “fire hall wedding reception” and not even bat an eye.
  12. 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.”
  13. At least five people on your road have electric “candles” in all or most their windows all year long.
  14. You know what a “hex sign” is.
  15. You know what a “jug handle” is.
  16. 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.
  17. You own only 4 condiments: salt, pepper, mustard and ketchup.
  18. Words like “hoagie,” “crick,” “chipped ham,” “dippy eggs”, “sticky buns,” “shoo-fly pie,” “lemon sponge pie”, “pierogies” and “pocketbook” actually mean something to you. (That’s PA slang for purse!)
  19. You can eat cold pizza (even for breakfast) and know others who do the same. (Those from NY find this “barbaric.”)
  20. You not only have heard of birch beer, but you know it comes in several colors: red, white, brown, gold.
  21. You know several places to purchase or that serve scrapple, summer sausage and hot bacon dressing.
  22. You can eat a cold soft pretzel from a street vendor without fear and enjoy it. It almost always comes with mustard.
  23. You know the difference between a cheese steak and a pizza steak sandwich, and know that you can’t get a really good one out side PA, except Atlantic City on the boardwalk.
  24. You live for summer, when street and county fairs signal the beginning of funnel cake season.
  25. Customers ask the waitress for “dippy eggs” for breakfast.
  26. You know that Blue Ball, Intercourse, Paradise, Climax, Bird-in-Hand, Beaver, Moon, Virginville, Mars, and Slippery Rock are PA towns (and the first three were consecutive stops on the Reading RR).
  27. You know what township, borough, and commonwealth are.
  28. You can identify drivers from New York, New Jersey, Maryland or other neighboring states by their unique and irritating driving habits.
  29. A traffic jam is 10 cars waiting to pass a horse-drawn carriage on the highway in Lancaster County.
  30. You know several people who have hit deer more than once.
  31. You carry jumper cables in your car and your female passengers know how to use them.
  32. You still keep kitty litter, starting fluid, de-icer, or a snowbrush in your trunk, even if you now live in the south.
  33. Driving is always better in winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
  34. As a kid you built snow forts and leaf piles that were taller than you were.
  35. Your graduating class consisted of mostly Polish, German, and Italian names.
  36. You know beer doesn’t grow in a garden but you know where to find a beer garden.
  37. You also know someone who lives “down the road”.
  38. You actually understand all this and send it on to other Pennsylvanians or former Pennsylvanians!

Enjoy!

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