Today I'm sharing some Western Pennsylvania dialect, or better known as Pittsburghese.

Of course, it's American English natively found in Western Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. Many ethnic groups in the region provided " loan words" as time went on.

Here I share some of the most used "yinzer" words and what they mean. —But do keep in mind that not all Western Pennsylvanians speak this way. We may or may not use any of these words.

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Yinz— Y'all or You all.

Gumbands— Rubber Bands.

Pop— Soda. *

Slippy— Slippery. One might say, " watch out; the sidewalk is slippy." *

Red Up—Clean up, cleaning. " red up your room." *

Dahnthan— Downtown.

N'nat— And that. You might hear someone say, " yinz going dhanthan n'at."

Nebby—Nosey. Someone who has to know what's going on with all the neighbors. *


Buggy— Shopping cart. *

PA—Pennsylvania. While this applies to most of the state. We say PA instead of Pennsylvania. *

Nother— Another

Come mere— Come here.

Didya— Did you.

Hit the bricks— Go home, get out of here, get lost. *

In about a— In about.

Yinzl —You'll have to. As is " yinzl have to wait."

Crick—Creek. *

Chipped ham or chopped ham— Sliced ham, sliced lunch meat ham. — Isleys is the best. *

Clicker— remote control. *

Stillers—Steelers football team.

Lickin—You're going to get your butt smacked.

Jagoff — Jerk.

Dippy— is usually heard when ordering a "dippy egg." Everyone else knows them as sunny-side-up eggs with toast for dipping. *

Jeet jet— Did you eat yet. *

Spell check was going nuts when I was writing this.

Like I said above, not everyone who lives in Western "PA" talks this way. If you visit and hear anyone say these words, you may give a dubious look. You may think to yourself, "oh, it's just Pittsburgeese." Pittsburgh has a dialect all of itself. Western Pennsylvania has many unique qualities, areas, and history.

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I have included an (*) by the ones I have used or do use.


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