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Pittsburghese Graphic Tee – How to Talk Like a Pittsburgher


Happy Monday friends

This week is about Graphic Tees. I really am not a t-shirt girl, but when I was looking for a Pittsburghese tee for my hubby for Christmas, it made me think of the one I had when I was 19, and then I had to get it, for nostalgia sake. I styled this graphic tee today, and what makes it fantastic is the Pittsburghese, or the way, we, as ‘burgers talk.


Before we get into the Pittsburghese, I’ll tell you about the outfit. This week I am bringing you some casual looks.  I bought the tee at Zazzle.com, it is a small, women’s v-neck and also comes in mens. I wanted to wear Pittsburgh colors black and gold, so I am wearing my gifted Adrian Allen sandals, ( wrote about them here) and my mustard gold Anthropologie cardigan that picks up some of the yellow in the tee. Just because I like my accessories, and am looking for an everyday gold necklace, I chose to wear this turquoise aqua neck scarf instead.

I’m wearing Loft light denim BF jeans that I have had for years. They are no longer in stock, but I found a similar style by Wit and Wisdom you may love. They are some of my favorite jean brands.

My earrings add a touch of Spring, as they are resin white flowers with touches of color. My Rebecca Minkoff Vanity black leather bag finishes the look.

“I’m gonna redd up my room, then work on the blog n’at ( translation- Im going to clean my room, then work on the blog and that..)

Its been about 17 years that I have been living in the South, just north of Charlotte, NC, and I have yet to acquire a Southern Accent. When I began living here, I worked right next door to a lady, who taught 2nd grade, and had a very strong Southern accent. I did pick up y’all, and sometimes say it. It seems funny as I say it, coming from my mouth, when I lived 36 years in Pittsburgh, PA.

Pittsburgh has gone through a Renaissance, years ago, and the Steel Mills have been shut down, yet people still think of Pittsburgh as a Steel town. I have so many great memories growing up, and we moved around a few times as our family grew. I have 2 brothers and a sister, and we enjoyed growing up in the ‘Burgh.

When we were visiting for Christmas, I had my hubby stop by my childhood home. We didn’t go in, but it was so neat to see the house I lived in when I was little. So many memories, and my mom to this day is surprised at how much I remember from my childhood and growing up there.

I was feeling sentimental when we were about to go home to Pittsburgh for last Christmas, so I looked up a tee for my hubby and found a similar Pittsburgh tee shirt as a gift for him. I then, wanted one. I looked on Etsy and was searching for one I had when I was 19. I found “the” t-shirt, but it looked a bit worn, so I hunted for my own Pittsburghese shirt and found this one on Zazzle.com.

All the wonderful memories of growing up there came flooding back and I thought how fun it would be to write about it.

Now, people have spotted my Pittsburgh accent here in NC, and there are words I will probably say until the day I die. Let’s get started with how to talk like a Pittsburgher. There are words and phrases that you know growing up in the burg. Hope this brings a laugh or smile to your face, this tee shirt did it for me!

Couch- The “ou” sound is replaced by the au- instead of couch ( pronounced cowch) think cattch

Kennywood’s Open- We used to say this as kids. Kennywood is an amusement part in Pittsburgh, but this reference means “Your fly is down”.

Stillers- Steelers

Gumband- I always say this still. Gumbands are what others call rubberbands.

Quit putzin’ around!- Quit taking your time and goofing around.

Studda Bubba- Old lady

Whatch aht, it’s slippy. – Watch out, it’s slippery.

Tennies- tennis shoes


Pop- to this day I can’t bring myself to say “Soda”, it feels unnatural!

Sahside- South Side ( an area of the ‘Burg)

Dahntahn- Downtown. ( Do not form the ow sound, rather as in “sahside”, it is ah. I couldn’t get over when I moved to Charlotte, there was only an “uptown” or in Pittsburghese, Uptahn.

Dupa- bum

Jumbo- Always said this, lunch meat, otherwise known as Bologna

Gimme an Arn- ” May I have an Iron City Beer?”

Sweeper- Vacuum cleaner

Gutchies- Underwear

My FAVORITE- Jeet yet? no ju? – Did you eat yet? No did you?

Yinz/Yunz- This is slang, and hurts my ears! Means You guys. Like Y’all in the South.

S’Liberty- East Liberty

Buggy- grocery cart

Elgainy Cahny- Allegheny County

Haus- House

There are more, but I thought I would give you a head start in how to talk like a Pittsburgher. I love it! I still say many of these, as they are ingrained into you when you live there most of your life. You know, “Its a ‘Burg thing!”:

Have you ever been to the ‘Burg or know someone who lives there? It will always be my hometown with fond memories of my childhood. Glad I could bring a bit of fun to your Monday morning.

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Have a great day!

Jess xx



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  • Anna at Muttonstyle
    Posted at 09:06h, 28 March Reply

    I just adore the T and cardi first off. Secondly the way of talking and the slang reminds me of cockney London. Any heritage between the two? Thanks for linking to Muttonstyle Monday

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:11h, 28 March Reply

      Hi Anna, thank you! In Pittsburgh, years ago, there were Steel Mills and many immigrants moved there. There were people from Ireland, Polish, Ukranian. lived and worked there where much of the language or dialect developed.

      • Jess Jannenga
        Posted at 09:52h, 29 March Reply

        Sorry I meant Ireland, Poland, Ukraine. 🙂

  • Gail
    Posted at 12:57h, 27 March Reply

    I love that distinctive tee. And fun to read how you say things differently. I could write a similar post because I come far the south west of England and my accent is very different to a Londoner’s (where I live). Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday Jess!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:02h, 28 March Reply

      I know, there are so many dialects in many countries. I’d love to hear about yours too. I enjoyed writing this, as I take things for granted sometimes thinking that we all know these words ! I laughed as my hubby, who is from Philly, PA didn’t know “dupa”! hehe

  • fiercefashion
    Posted at 14:40h, 26 March Reply

    What a cute t-shirt, Jess. I’m from the suburbs of Detroit and there are some idioms from there, too. I’ve lived in the south for 20 yrs now and have become accustomed to saying “soda” instead of “pop”, now “pop” sounds strange to me.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:10h, 27 March Reply

      Hi KIm
      It is funny how we pick up things and after years they become natural! Now, if we said, “Soda Pop” we would really confuse people! xx

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 05:48h, 26 March Reply

    Oh my gosh, Jess, I absolutely love this cute look on you! And what a fun tee shirt and tribute to your hometown! But speaking of your current hometown, I just booked a trip to Asheville the first week of July…I am not sure how far that is from you (I think about 2 hours?)…maybe we can meet somewhere in the middle while I am there! I am not sure of my exact schedule yet while I am there, but I will be arriving in Asheville in the evening on July 2 and heading back home on July 7.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:09h, 26 March Reply

      Thank you Shelbee! I had to get one after I bought hubby one. Thanks for giving me the headsup. I will have to see what we are doing, but yes, Asheville is about 2 hours, you will love it, it is one of our favorite areas! xx

  • Wendy
    Posted at 05:15h, 26 March Reply

    Great outfit. I too love the mustard yellow.

    I have been in the Burgh for 7 years, and it’s home now. I loved your Pittsburghese tuitorial, and took me back to when I first moved to the Burgh from East Coast and had to learn the lingo. Although I’m not a yinzer I do consider myself a Pittsburgher. Thanks for the smiles

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:07h, 26 March Reply

      Thanks Wendy! I am glad you enjoyed my tutorial! I still say many of these things as you don’t lose the speech after 30+ yrs of living there. I know! Yinz and yunz was something i didn’t say much, it hurts the ears! :-)) xx

  • Jacqui
    Posted at 04:22h, 26 March Reply

    Great Tee, might wear my new one again today! Thanks for sharing. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  • Elle
    Posted at 17:41h, 25 March Reply

    I really love this mustard pointelle cardigan sweater on you my friend. Of course it is made by Anthropologie. I love the graphic T-shirt and I can relate to your nostalgia and sentimentally here.
    My son is in Pittsburgh. He is finishing his doctorate at U Penn. i’m going to ask him to say couch and see how he answers. LOL.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:04h, 26 March Reply

      Oh, I didn’t know your son was there, thats great. I would be interested to hear too. Glad you like the look and it was really fun to write as it brought me back to everything we used to say. ( and still do) xx

  • mireilleftm
    Posted at 12:32h, 25 March Reply

    I love how you styled your graphic tee! That pop of yellow is so springy and those earrings… I love them!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:01h, 26 March Reply

      Hi Mireille,
      Thanks so much! I wanted to style black and gold for Pittsburgh colors, and the earrings had just a touch, which worked well. xx

  • Amy
    Posted at 11:04h, 25 March Reply

    This is such a cute post! I’m not even from Pittsburgh, and I want the tee! I love how you styled it, too!

    • Jess
      Posted at 11:11h, 25 March Reply

      Thank you Amy! I just loved ti! Oh my, it made me laugh when I started reading everything, thinking about what we said/say in the ‘Burg! Glad you enjoyed it!xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 09:23h, 25 March Reply

    This was hilarious Jess. But what a fun tee. I may see if there’s one for Denver. And the small scarf is my favorite trick to make it more fashion forward!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:31h, 25 March Reply

      Thank you Jodie! So, can you believe some of the sayings! I say so many of them, it seems natural. When you grown up and hear it all of the time, you do! I still say “gumbands”, “jumbo” lots of the Pittsburghese. The scarf just added a Jess touch 🙂 xx

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 07:48h, 25 March Reply

    Well no one wears a graphic tee as elegant as you my friend, you look fantastic! I love reading all the Pittsburgh speak – what a great tee! I was born in NJ but I’ve lived in FL since I was 6 but my mom and dad always still spoke like they were in Jersey – we’re you’re from just never leaves you does, it?!
    Have a great Monday!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:29h, 25 March Reply

      Aw, thanks sweet friend! So true! Your hometown and how you speak does seem to stay with you. My favorite is jeet yet? I still say that! haha. Glad you like the look, it was fun xx

  • karendianearabella
    Posted at 02:45h, 25 March Reply

    This was fun to read! I grew up in Ohio and always said “pop” when I moved to New Hampshire and asked my coworker to bring me a pop from the vending machine, she would always pretend punch me with her fist, in an attempt to get me used to saying soda. It didn’t work😊

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:06h, 25 March Reply

      Hi Karen!
      Haha! I had to laugh about “pop”! I will say that forever. Glad you enjoyed the post, it is fun to think of all the things I used to say growing up, and still do! 🙂 Thanks for commenting!xx

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