As Pittsburghers, sometimes it seems as if we have a completely different language. Here’s another post with nine more words in our very own Pittsburgh “dictionary.” Don’t forget to send this to friends who now live out of town or newbies who want to know just exactly what we’re saying!
1. Run the sweeper (phrase)
To use the vacuum cleaner. “Yinz better run the sweeper!”
2. City chicken (dish)
Actually pork and sometimes veal or beef on skewers and coated and fried or baked. This faux-chicken dish has been passed through Pittsburgh generations for years.
3. Gum band (noun)
A rubber band. “Hey, can yinz grab me a gum band for these papers?”
4. Hills (noun)
High heels. Used in a sentence, it could be: “I’ve got my hills on, I’m ready to go bar hopping!”
5. Jaggerbush (noun)
A thorny bush. “Ouch! I fell onto a jaggerbush and cut my hand!”
6. Worsh (verb)
To wash, or clean up. Example: “Go worsh up for dinner!”
7. Nebby (adjective)
To be nosy, getting into other people’s business. “That Carol in accounting is so nebby!”
8. Gint Iggle (place)
Giant Eagle, the chain of grocery stores around the area. “Can yinz get me some chipped ham at Gint Iggle?”
9. Jagoff (adjective)
An annoying or particularly irritating person. “You know that one player on the Bengals? What a real jagoff!”
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