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pittsburgh jargon expalined!

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by taper, Apr 29, 2003.

  1. taper

    taper Elite Member

    Joined: Nov 29, 2000 Messages: 4,509 Likes Received: 0
    first of all its pixburgh not pittsburgh. ill explain that later. i will in this thread explain in detail the meanings of some of the most used slang terms in the steel city. so read up and dont be left wondering!

    1)pixburgh- the city of pittsburgh
    ex. i saw him in downtown pixburgh the other day.

    2)yinz- you guys, more than one person
    ex. yinz gonna go out to eat?

    3) red up- clean up
    ex. you better red up this room!

    4)stillers- pittsburgh steelers football team
    ex. yea i went to the stillers browns game.......of course the browns lost:lol:

    5)jumbo- bologna- pronounced boloney in the burgh
    ex. theres a sale on jumboat giant iggle today! (giant iggle see no.6)

    6)giant iggle) giant eagle, grocery store.
    ex. see above

    7)pop- soda
    ex. i'll have a pop.

    8)wursh rag- wash rag
    ex. red that up with that wursh rag.

    9)an'at- and that
    ex. were going to the store an' at

    10) kelers- colors
    ex. that piece has some cool kelers!

    11) samich- sandwitch
    ex. ill have chipped ham samich.

    12) hero- a submarine sandwitch
    ex. ill hav hero with extrea mayo.

    1)3chipped ham- lunch meat, shredded ham
    ex. chipped ham is a 1.29 a lb. now

    14)arn city- iron city beer.
    ex. dammit give me an arn citthers alot more theese are just some more common ones. any other yinzers feel free to add.

    heres on more ex. of a tipcal convo..

    hey you wanna go over to toms and watch the stiller game? his wife redded up the daen and bought some jumbo and chipped ham samiches an'at. plus he got some cases of arn city... like that:king:
  2. taper

    taper Elite Member

    Joined: Nov 29, 2000 Messages: 4,509 Likes Received: 0
    adding some more.

    Ahia-Our neighboring state to the west.
    Aht-A Pittsburgher's way of saying out, as in "Don't wait dinner for me honey, I'm going aht for a walk."
    Alls-An example of grammatical construction peculiar to Pittsburgh in which a letter of the alphabet is added to a word for no apparent reason. Alls means the same as all. For example: "We may have to go out to dinner tonight; alls I have left in the refrigerator is some stale bread and an open jar of strawberry jelly."
    All the further-A complete phrase designed around the word all, as in "I started driving to Philadelphia but it started to snow and Harrisburg was all the further I got."
    Anat-A combination of two words that means and that.
    Anymore-A rather confusing construction which doesn't mean any, or more, or even anymore. Instead, it means nowadays, or currently, or these days. It almost always occurs as the first word of a sentence, as in this example: "Anymore, the traffic on Liberty Avenue moves so slow, it's quicker to walk."

    Catch up-What Pittsburghers put on their hotdogs and french fries.
    Cleveland-What most Pittsburghers think of when asked to describe how bad Pittsburgh used to be.
    Comere-A Pittsburgh "quickie". Come here, said quickly, is comere. See also: Gahed.
    Crick-The way a Pittsburgher says creek.
    Crookit-That's what most politicians and all dogs' hind legs are.
    D-Pittsburghers have a lot of strange likes and dislikes. One dislike is the letter D, especially when it is in the middle of a word, next to another consonant. Being non-violent, for the most part, Pittsburghers do not rely on force to eliminate those offensive D's; instead they simply invoke one of the laws of English pronunciation and make the D's silent. Hence, couldn't becomes cooun't, wouldn't becomes wooun't, and everyone's all time favorite, didn't becomes din't.
    Dahntahn-The way a Pittsburgher says downtown.
    Dill-You know, as in "Let's make a dill" and "Boy, have I got a dill for you."
    Djeatyet? Nodju?-Polish? Ukrainian? No, it's those Pittsburghers again, spitting out syllables as fast as they can and losing half of them in the process. It really means "Did you eat yet" "No. Did you?"
    Don-The opposite of up.
    Drug-It's not something we should "just say no" too. It's simply the past tense of the word drag.

  3. taper

    taper Elite Member

    Joined: Nov 29, 2000 Messages: 4,509 Likes Received: 0

    Gahed-Say it quick in Pittsburgh and it's not go ahead, but rather gahed. See also: Comere
    Gedaht!-A shortened form of Gedahtahere!, this exclamation is not something you yell at the dog when it makes a mess on the rug, but rather an exclamation of surprise, with synonyms such as "I didn't know that," "Really?", and "No kidding."
    Going for-This phrase is used in conjunction with the time, as in "You'd better hurry or you'll be late for work. It's going for eight o' clock."
    Greenfilled-A Pittsburgh neighborhood, adjacent to Scroll Hill, which is very urban and thus has few fields and very little green.
    Green Tree Hill-A thermometer stuck in Pittsburgh's backside which measures automotive congestion by the degree to which it is covered with traffic.
    Gumban-A word which, if said slowly, would be heard as gum band, which is what everyone else in the world calls a rubber band.

    Haffing-Usually used in connection with the word to, as in "I sent my payment in by mail, so I could settle up my account without haffing to go there."
    Hans-Something that Pittsburghers have two of and on each of them there are five fingers.
    How big of a-This phrase is sort of like those ones, in that sometimes Pittsburghers just don't know when to atop during a sentencs-they include one or two unnecessary words. The response to "I caught a really big fish on the lake yesterday," should be, "Oh, how big a fish was it?" But in Pittsburgh, the response is "How big of a fish was it?"

    Ignernt-Here's a word guaranteed to confuse any new arrival to Pittsburgh. To everyone else the word ignorant(whence ignernt derives) means uninformed or lacking in knowledge. But in Pittsburgh, ignernt means rude.
    Ink pen-Although there's really no reason to announce what's inside a pen, Pittsburghers do anyway. Instead of asking for just a pen, they ask for an ink pen.

    Jagger-The way a Pittsburgh says thorn.
    Jagoff-Unpleasant individulal, or jerk.

    Kairk-The way Pittsburghers pronounce the name of their neighborhood, Carrick.
    Keller-The Pittsburgh pronunciation of the word color.
    Ketch-What the Steelers and Pirates offense should be doing.

    Meer-A meer is a bright, silvery object, made in all sizes and shapes and used to see reflections.
    Melk-That white stuff that we never outgrew our need for, that goes great with cold cereal and chocolate chip cookies.
    Member-Because remember is too cumbersome a word, Pittsburghers have shortened it too member.
    The Mon-What Pittsburghers call the Monongahela River when they don't have time to slow down their talking to ennciate all the syllables clearly.

    Nebby-Means the same as nosey.
    Norside-Similar to Souside, but on the other side of the rivers.
    Nuh-uhh'-This word means the same as "No way, Jose," or "You've got to be kidding!"

    Pataydas-What Pittsburghers eat with their steak.
    Pellow-One of those white, fluffy things you stick under your head at night.
    Philadelphia-Remember that old saying about a person so ugly that "he had a face only a mother could love?" Well, that's how Pittsburghers feel about Philadelphia...or, Filthydelphia as Pittburghers "affectionately" call it.
    Pixburgh-The way some Pittsburghers pronounce the name of their native land. It is many of these same Pixburghers who asks questions instead of asking them.
    Putzie-A word that means the same as putter around, or, mechanically, means to fool around with.
  4. taper

    taper Elite Member

    Joined: Nov 29, 2000 Messages: 4,509 Likes Received: 0
    an the last of it. when i was doing this i realized... i really do talk like this. and i didnt know that thoes werent really words at all.

    Redd up-To clean up, or tidy up.
    Redlight-When Pittsburghers give directions they don't use phrases such as "Turn left at the intersection," or even "Turn left at the traffic light". In fact, as far as Pittsburghers are concerned, Pittsburgh has no intersections and no traffic lights-or at least no traffic lights of the green or yellow variety. Pittsburgh has only red traffic lights. So all directions are given in terms of redlights, as in "Go two blocks to the redlight, hang a left, go one more block and then turn left again at the redlight and you're there."
    Rillize-It's too hard for Pittsburghers to say ree-a-lize, so they just say rillize instead.
    Rilly-Rilly rhymes with silly and means really.
    Robison-Pittsburghers drop the n out of Robinson and it becomes Robison, as in Jackie Robison and Robison Township.
    Rozzlin-Farms? Heights? It doesn't matter which Rosslyn it is, to Pittsburghers they're all Rozzlin

    Sammich-An edible product invented by a nobleman of the same name(The Earl of Sammich).
    Scroll Hill-One of Pittsburgh's neighborhoods which is really named Squirrel Hill.
    Shardin-Can you say Sher-a-den? Many Pittsburghers, especially those living there, don't like to. So they say it fast and nasally and it comes out Shardin.
    Shahrs-Stumped? Just remember: "April shahrs bring May flahrs."
    'Sliberty-Those syllable sliding Pittsburghers have done it again. Here we have a place that anyone west of the Allegheny River calls East Liberty. But in Pittsburgh it's spit out at breakneck speed-'Sliberty!
    Slippy-Many perfectly sensible Pittsburghers say slippy instead of slippery.
    Souside-The area of Pittsburgh to the south of the Monongahela River.
    Spicket-The metal thing with the hole on the end that water comes out of.
    Stillers-Pittsburgh's resident football team.

    Tamaydas-Those round, red things that scientists say are fruit and everyone else says are vegetables.
    Tempachur-When a Pittsburgher gets sick he may have a fever-or a tempachur.
    Those ones-A peculiar(and sometimes annoyong) grammatical construction in which Pittsburghers add something to a sentence instead of taking it away. When a Pittsburgher is asked "Which apples do you want?" they reply "Those ones," insrtead of simply saying "Those."
    Tubes-Pittsburgh slang for tunnels.



    Waiting dinner-A phrase usually used by the lady of the house, when you've arrived an hour later than you promised, to describe the delay in serving dinner, because she was waiting for you. For example, "I was waiting dinner until you got home from the office."
    Window seal-What everyone else calls a window sill.
    Worsh-As a noun, it's the stuff that goes into the washing machine when it gets dirty. As a verb, it's what you do to the stuff once it gets into the washing machine.

    The Yock-Term used by Pittsburghers to refer to the Youghiogheny River, so called because of the sounds of laughter("yock, yock, yock") heard emanating from geography teachers reading their students attempts to spell the word correctly.
    Yunz-The word that sets Pittsburghers apart from everyone else in the world. It means the same as all of you and is sort of a northern y'all. Yunz is singular, with yunzes usually reserved for the plural.
    :lol: thats why pittsburgh is that greatest city in the world........
  5. mikromoneyvkotkbgw

    mikromoneyvkotkbgw New Jack

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  6. sensnsa

    sensnsa Member

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    gyeat'yet? - translation: did you eat anything yet?

    one of my faves
  7. effyoo

    effyoo Elite Member

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    YUP. Aussie slang:

    B & S : Bachelors' and Spinsters' Ball - a very enjoyable party usually held in rural areas
    Back of Bourke : a very long way away
    Bail (somebody) up : to corner somebody physically
    Bail out : depart, usually angrily
    Banana bender : a person from Queensland
    Barbie : barbecue (noun)
    Barrack : to cheer on (football team etc.)
    Bastard : term of endearment
    Bathers : swimming costume
    Battler : someone working hard and only just making a living
    Beaut, beauty : great, fantastic
    Big-note oneself : brag, boast
    Bikkie : biscuit (also "it cost big bikkies" - it was expensive)
    Billabong : an ox-bow river or watering hole
    Billy : large tin can used to boil water over a campfire for tea
    Bingle : motor vehicle accident
    Bities : biting insects
    Bitzer : mongrel dog (bits of this and bits of that)
    Bizzo : business ("mind your own bizzo")
    Black Stump, beyond the : a long way away, the back of nowhere
    Bloke : man, guy
    Bloody : very (bloody hard yakka)
    Bloody oath! : that's certainly true
    Blow in the bag : have a breathalyser test
    Blowie : blow fly
    Bludger : lazy person, layabout, somebody who always relies on other people to do things or lend him things
    Blue : fight ("he was having a blue with his wife")
    Blue, make a : make a mistake
    Bluey : pack, equipment, traffic ticket, redhead
    Bluey : blue cattle dog (named after its subtle markings) which is an excellent working dog. Everyone's favourite all-Aussie dog.
    Bluey : heavy wool or felt jacket worn by mining and construction workers.
    Bluey : bluebottle jellyfish
    Bodgy : of inferior quality
    Bog in : commence eating, to attack food with enthusiasm
    Bog standard : basic, unadorned, without accessories (a bog standard car, telephone etc.)
    Bondi cigar : see "brown-eyed mullet"
    Bonzer : great, ripper
    Boogie board : a hybrid, half-sized surf board
    Boomer : a large male kangaroo
    Booze bus : police vehicle used for catching drunk drivers
    Boozer : a pub
    Bored shitless : very bored
    Bottle shop : liquor shop
    Bottle-o : liquor shop
    Bottler : something excellent
    Bottling, his blood's worth : he's an excellent, helpful bloke.
    Bounce : a bully
    Bourke Street, he doesn't know Christmas from : he's a bit slow in the head. (Bourke Street is a brightly lit Melbourne street)
    Brass razoo, he hasn't got a : he's very poor
    Brekkie : breakfast
    Brick shit house, built like a : big strong bloke
    Brickie : bricklayer
    Brisvegas : Brisbane, state capital of Queensland
    Brizzie : Brisbane, state capital of Queensland
    Brown-eyed mullet : a turd in the sea (where you're swimming!)
    Brumby : a wild horse
    Buck's night : stag party, male gathering the night before the wedding
    Buckley's, Buckley's chance : no chance ("New Zealand stands Buckley's of beating Australia at football")
    Bull bar : stout bar fixed to the front of a vehicle to protect it against hitting kangaroos
    Bundy : short for Bundaberg, Queensland, and the brand of rum that's made there
    Bunyip : mythical outback creature
    Bush : the hinterland, the Outback, anywhere that isn't in town
    Bush oyster : nasal mucus
    Bush telly : campfire
    Bushie : someone who lives in the Bush
    Bushranger : highwayman, outlaw
    Butcher : small glass of beer in South Australia - From the theory that a butcher could take a quick break from his job, have a drink and be back at work
    BYO : unlicensed restaurant where you have to Bring Your Own grog, also similar party or barbecue

    Cactus : dead, not functioning ("this bloody washing machine is cactus")
    Captain Cook : look (noun) ("let's have a Captain Cook")
    Cark it : to die, cease functioning
    Cat burying shit, as busy as a : busy
    Cat's piss, as mean as : mean, stingy, uncharitable
    Chewie : chewing gum
    Chokkie : chocolate
    Chook : a chicken
    Chrissie : Christmas
    Christmas : see Bourke Street
    Chuck a sickie : take the day off sick from work when you're perfectly healthy
    Chunder : vomit
    Clacker : anus (from Latin cloaca = sewer). Also the single orifice of monotremes (platypus and echidna) used both for reproduction and for the elimination of body wastes.
    Clayton's : fake, substitute
    Click : kilometre - "it's 10 clicks away"
    Clucky : feeling broody or maternal
    Cobber : friend
    Cockie : farmer. Also a cockatoo
    Cockroach : a person from New South Wales
    Coldie : a beer
    Come a gutser : make a bad mistake, have an accident
    Compo : Workers' Compensation pay
    Conch (adj. conchy) : a conscientious person. Somebody who would rather work or study than go out and enjoy him/herself.
    Cooee, not within : figuratively a long way away, far off - England weren't within cooee of beating Australia at cricket
    Cook (noun) : One's wife
    Corroboree : an aboriginal dance festival
    Counter lunch : pub lunch
    Cozzie : swimming costume
    Crack a fat : get an erection
    Crack onto (someone) : to hit on someone, pursue someone romantically
    Cranky : in a bad mood, angry
    Cream (verb) : defeat by a large margin
    Crook : sick, or badly made
    Crow eater : a person from South Australia
    Cut lunch : sandwiches
    Cut lunch commando : army reservist
    Cut snake, mad as a : very angry

    Dag : a funny person, nerd, goof
    Daks : trousers
    Damper : bread made from flour and water
    Date : arse[hole] ("get off your fat date")
    Dead dingo's donger, as dry as a : dry
    Dead horse : Tomato sauce
    Deadset : true, the truth
    Dero : tramp, hobo, homeless person (from "derelict")
    Dickhead : see "whacker"
    Digger : a soldier
    Dill : an idiot
    Dingo's breakfast : a yawn, a leak and a good look round (i.e. no breakfast)
    Dinkum, fair dinkum : true, real, genuine ("I'm a dinkum Aussie"; "is he fair dinkum?")
    Dinky-di : the real thing, genuine
    Dipstick : a loser, idiot
    Dob (somebody) in : inform on somebody. Hence dobber, a tell-tale
    Docket : a bill, receipt
    Doco : documentary
    Dog : unattractive woman
    Dog's balls, stands out like : obvious
    Dog's eye : meat pie
    Dole bludger : somebody on social assistance when unjustified
    Donger : penis
    Doodle : penis
    Down Under : Australia and New Zealand
    Drink with the flies : to drink alone
    Drongo : a dope, stupid person
    Dropkick : see 'dipstick'
    Drum : information, tip-off ("I'll give you the drum")
    Duchess : sideboard
    Duffer, cattle : rustler
    Dummy, spit the : get very upset at something
    Dunny : outside lavatory
    Dunny budgie : blowfly
    Dunny rat, cunning as a : very cunning
    Durry : cigarette
    Dux : top of the class (n.); to be top of the class (v.) - "She duxed four of her subjects".

    Earbashing : nagging, non-stop chatter

    So stop your earbashing!!
  8. some pittsburgh flavor

    some pittsburgh flavor Elite Member

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    you forgot:

    nephs, say swurr, ike, nucker, etc.
  9. coolcon2

    coolcon2 New Jack

    Joined: Nov 21, 2001 Messages: 8 Likes Received: 0
    yizall tawk funny downaire'n pittsburgh youse needa stop tawkin like dat
  10. fr8lover

    fr8lover Elite Member

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    i had to get a kid at a party from pburgh to explain what "yinz" meant...i was always curious.
  11. alou

    alou Junior Member

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    im racking my brain to think of ones yinz missed (ha) but none came to mind.. definitely eeslibertee and souside are my two favorites..
  12. mikro137

    mikro137 Guest

    awww why pittsburghers talk in 4th person , why? :confused:
  13. ray finkle

    ray finkle Member

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    that yinzer shit was pretty interesting out there..
  14. sensnsa

    sensnsa Member

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    what happened to the pgh thread???
  15. mikro137

    mikro137 Guest

    shhhh , call me about it