which can make outsiders cringe or feel utterly confuse
d. For example, 'ow' sounds like 'ah,' -- so "downtown
" and "found out" sound like "dahn-tahn" and "fahnd aht." Another distinctive pronunciation
is the long "e" vowel which sounds like the short "i." So a Pittsburgh football
fan roots for the "Stillers
Also, the verb
'to be' does not exist. If your mom is being annoying she might say, "Johnny, your bed needs made."
a short lexicon:
= you guys (plural of you). People who speak Pittsburghese are called Yinzers
= rubber bands
= iron city beer
, a local shitty brew
= and that (a pair of words stuck on to the end of a sentence)
(similar to above) ...Wanna go down to The 'O' for a snappy hot dog one time?
(as in a Primanti Brothers
= Mount Lebanon
= Monroeville (another suburb)
= Versailles (suburb again)
(as in Carnegie Mellon University
= tidy up ...Be sure to redd-up your room before you leave.
= Wash ...I spilt some Heinz kitch-ip, and now my shirt needs worshed.
= Bologna ...May I have a pahnd of Jumbo please?
= Nosey, curious ...The next door neighbor is very nebby.
= Southside ...The office is dahn in Sahside.
= Downtown ...We went shopping dahntahn.
= East Liberty ...I live in E Sliberty.
= Squirrel Hill
= Giant Eagle (the area's supermarket behemoth
= House ...The painters are busy painting the haas.
= Did you eat
= Technically, one who masturbate
s, a wanker
. Used as a general jab
, like calling someone a moron
= Thorns ...These jaggerbushes have jaggers on them.
= Steel Mill
. ...He works dahn at the still mill.
= Creek ...Wanna go dahn to the crick one time?
= Out ...We should go aht to Minrovil to do some shoppin'.
= your fly is unzipped
= showers ...April shahrs bring May flahrs!
= slice (as in 'slice of pizza
= snow pants
tend to use 'spicket
' instead of faucet
, and 'pop
' instead of soda
. The days of the week
are: Sundy, Mundy, Tuesdy, Wensdy, Thursdy, Frydy, Sadurdy.