(This is for all you non-Pennsylvanians, so you can understand us better.)
Remember: Once a Pennsylvanian, ALWAYS a Pennsylvanian!
- 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 and women.
- 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, and Monongahela.
- We know Lancaster is pronounced Lank-aster, not Lan-kaster.
- 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 and 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” 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 five people on your road have electric “candles” in all or most their windows all year long.
- You know what a “hex sign” is.
- You know what a “jug handle” 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 and ketchup.
- 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!)
- 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 and hot bacon dressing.
- You can eat a cold soft pretzel from a street vendor without fear and enjoy it. It almost always comes with mustard.
- 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.
- 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, 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).
- You know what township, borough, and commonwealth are.
- You can identify drivers from New York, New Jersey, Maryland or other neighboring states by their unique and 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 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 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, and 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 road”.
- You actually understand all this and send it on to other Pennsylvanians or former Pennsylvanians!