25 Mar 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.
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”.
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.
Jumbo- Always said this, lunch meat, otherwise known as Bologna
Gimme an Arn- ” May I have an Iron City Beer?”
Sweeper- Vacuum cleaner
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
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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