Daily Archives: January 15, 2009

PA (pronounced Pee-ay) humor

I recieved this in my

email, and honestly its too

funny to not pass on.

However, is it sad that we

not only talk like this, but

we laugh at ourself too.

TALKING

PENNSYLVANIAN 
 
For those who think we ‘talk funny’ or use ‘big words’, here’s why ..
  
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 .’
 
We don’t go to the beach, we go

‘down the shore.’
 
You refer to Pennsylvania as

‘PA’ (pronounced Pee-Ay).

How many other states do that?? 
 

‘You guys’ (or even ‘youze guys’, in

some places) is a perfectly

acceptable reference  to a group

of men and women.
 
You know how to respond to the

question ‘Djeetyet?’ ( Did you eat

yet ? and the answer is

Nawjew) 
 
You learned to pronounce Bryn

Mawr, Wilkes-Barre , Schuylkill ,

the Poconos, Tamaqua,

Kutztown,Tunkahannock, Bala

Cynwyd, Duquesne and

Monongahela. also Conshohocken.
 
And we know Lancaster is

pronounced Lank-ister, 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.
 
At least five people on your block

have electric ‘candles’ in all or

most of their windows all year

long. 
 
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. 

 Words like ‘hoagie,’ ‘crick,’

‘chipped ham,’ ‘dippy eggs’, ‘sticky

buns,’ ‘shoo-fly pie,’ ‘lemon sponge

pie’, ‘pierogies’  and ‘pocketbook’

actually mean something to you.

( By the way, that last one’s PA

slang for a 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.
 
You know the difference between

a cheese steak and a pizza steak

sandwich, and! you know that you

also can’t get a really good one

anywhere outside of the Philly

area. (Except maybe in Atlantic

City on the boardwalk.)
 
You live for summer, when street

and county fairs signal the

beginning of funnel cake season. 
 
You  know that Blue Ball,

Intercourse, Paradise, Climax,

Bird-in-Hand, Beaver, Moon,

Virginville, Mar s, Bethlehem,

Hershey, Indiana, Sinking Spring,

Jersey Shore, State College,

Washington Crossing, Jim Thorpe,

King of Prussia, Wind Gap, and

Slippery Rock are all PA towns …

and the first three were

consecutive stops on the old

Reading RR! (PS – That’s

pronounced Redd-ing.)
 
You know what a township,

borough, and commonwealth are.
 
You can identify drivers from New

York , New Jersey , Mar yland or

other neighboring states by their

unique and irritating driving

habits and their front license

plates!
 
A traffic jam is 10 cars waiting to

pass a horse-drawn carriage on the

highway in Lancaster County .

(And remember … that’s Lank-

ister!)
 
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.
 
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..
 
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

and send it on to other

Pennsylvanians or former

Pennsylvanians!
 
YEAH! THAT’S GOOD OL’ ‘PA’

AND WE LOVE IT!


 

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