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.
For those who think we ‘talk funny’ or use ‘big words’, here’s why ..
Once a Pennsylvanian, ALWAYS a
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
You learned to pronounce Bryn
Mawr, Wilkes-Barre , Schuylkill ,
the Poconos, Tamaqua,
Cynwyd, Duquesne and
Monongahela. also Conshohocken.
And we know Lancaster is
pronounced Lank-ister, not Lan-
You know what a ‘Mummer’ is,
and are disappointed if you can’t
catch at least highlights of
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
At least five people on your block
have electric ‘candles’ in all or
most of their windows all year
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
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
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
A traffic jam is 10 cars waiting to
pass a horse-drawn carriage on the
highway in Lancaster County .
(And remember … that’s Lank-
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
As a kid you built snow forts and
leaf piles that were taller than you
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
YEAH! THAT’S GOOD OL’ ‘PA’
AND WE LOVE IT!