Got this in an e-mail from my mom. I had posted a version of this before, but with several new readers, and new posts from me on some of these topics, I thought I’d share this version too.
Talking Pennsylvanian (Joan’s notes in parentheses)
You refer to Pennsylvania as “P-A” (pronounced Pee-Ay). How many other states do that? (Also, my mom calls it “Pennsy,” pronounced Penn-See. Anyone else hear that one?)
“You guys” (or even “youse 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?”
You learned to pronounce Bryn Mawr, Wilkes-Barre, Schuylkill, the Poconos, Tamaqua, Kutztown,Tunkahannock, Bala Cynwyd, Duquesne and Monongahela. Also Conshohocken.
And we know Lancaster is pronounced Lank-ister, not Lan-kaster.
You know what “Punxsutawney Phil” is, and what it means if he sees his shadow. (Bonus points if you either love or hate “Gus, the second-most-famous groundhog in Pennsylvania.”)
The first day of buck season and the first day of doe season are school holidays.
You know what a “State Store” is.
You live for summer, when street and county fairs signal the beginning of funnel cake season.
You know what a township, borough, and commonwealth are. (OK, I will differ on this one. Most people I talk to say they live in York, even though they live in any one of 71 other county townships/boroughs.)
You know several people who have hit deer more than once.
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.
OK, so that was their list. What should we add?