Pittsburghese. Say that outside of the burgh, and not many know what yinz are talkin’ about. But those who do… well, we consider them friends. Here are 13 “Yinzer Phrases” only true Pittsburghers understand.
1. Mum used the sweeper to sweep up them crumbs.
Now most of the world would consider that someone probably ate some toast on the caatch (couch)… and, well, you know the rest. But here in Pittsburgh… crumbs can be anything left on the floor. Pizza crust, crackers, cookies, staples, paper clips, fuzz from a dog toy, your old shoes… yeah… you get it.
2. I see your gutcheez… you better pull up yer pants.
Underwear, undergarments, boxers and a variety of other words to describe what mom and grandma wanted to make sure were clean when you left the house, and that no one could see them… except that here in the burgh… they’re called gutcheez. And we have no freakin’ idea why.
3. I’ll take some jumbo on that hoagie.
Nope. You’re not asking to “Super Size” or “Biggie Size” your hoagie. And it’s not some sort of magical sauce, hot sauce, special sauce, or anything like that. It’s bolony… or bologna, or balonie, or bolonie… or… oh heck… just put some jumbo on my hoagie.
4. Time to red up yer room.
Don’t worry… mum doesn’t want you to paint over that beautiful purple, or green, or black and gold… she wants you to clean it up, straighten it out, live civilized. Now go do it.
5. Did mum worsh the clothes?
This one is pretty simple. Did she (or dad) do the laundry?
6. Come mere!
Get the hell over here. Now.
7. Yinz’ll need a gum band to hold that together.
You don’t chew this one up. You use it to hold a stack of cards, some pens, a piece of your dashboard, or a bunch more of them all together in a big ball. Rubber bands, in case you haven’t, you know… figured it out.
8. Worsh up with that face rag on the sink.
We went over “worsh” earlier. It’s a wash cloth. Um… sorry, a Worshcloth.
9. Who needs a ham sammitch? How about chip-chopped?
This one covers 2, so maybe our list should be “14 blah blah blah….” Whatever. Sammitch (or sammich – the debate rages on) is something between to slices of bread. Like turkey. Or ham. It has to be meat… unless it’s PB&J… anyway… chip-chopped refers to a magical mixture of sliced or shaved ham cooked with either Heinz Ketchup (nothing else, mind you) or barbecue sauce.
10. It was too slippy dahn them stairs.
If you don’t want to fall down and crack yer head, don’t go down the icy stairs. Get it?
11. Did yinz catch some crawfish dahn the crick?
Crawfish and crick. Crayfish and creek. Say the latter, well, a real Pittsburgher will correct you before answering. And yes. We did. Then we boiled ’em.
12. Did you turn off the spicket?
If you didn’t, dad will be pretty mad when you get home because the kitchen floor will be covered with water. Then you’ll have to red it up.
13. Yinz goin’ dahn souside?
This should be easy. Just in case though, we’re happy to tell you later. Are you going down to the South Side tonight?