9.14.2008

For my PA readers....

I am a native Pennsylvanian, and I know I have many readers who hail from the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well. If you aren't from PA, this won't be very interesting (or funny!) to you but oh, it is so true! Enjoy!

In Pennsylvania..............

We don't go to the beach, we go 'down the shore.'

You refer to Pennsylvania as 'PA' (pronouncedPee-Ay).

'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?)

You learned to pronounce Bryn Mawr, Wilkes-Barre, Schuylkill, the Pocono's, Tamaqua, Tunkahannock, Bala Cynwyd, Duquesne, and Monongahela, and Juniata.

You know that "Lancaster" is pronounced Lank-ister, not Lan-caster.

You know what a 'Mummer' is and are disappointed if you can't catch at least highlights of the parade.

You know who 'Punxsutawney Phil' is and what it means if he sees his shadow.

The first days of buck and doe seasons 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', 'pierogie' and 'pocketbook' actually mean something to you. (By the way, that last one'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.

You know the difference between a cheese steak and a pizza steak sandwich, and you also 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, Mars, 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 Railroad. (That's pronounced Redd-ing.)

You know what a 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 ten 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 know someone who lives 'down the lane'.

5 comments:

Steph said...

good one jen! you forgot to add that Pepsi, Coke and Sprite are better known as POP!

Tamera said...

Sure - now I'm homesick!

Brooke said...

Now, I understand myself a little better! Born and lived there until I was 9.

jodie said...

PA Proud!
What a trip down memory lane.

Kathi said...

Ha! Had to laugh...these are so true. Both my Mom & my Dad are from PA...so I spent a lot of time there with the Gmas & Gpas when I was growing up.

In the York area people said You Guys or Yous Guys, in the Pittsburg area they said Yins or Yins Guys. Weird huh?? Also in the Pittsburg area they say red up, instead of clean up.

Thx for the smile.