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We were inspired by the success of previous Pittsburghese posts so we decided to create the ultimate Pittsburghese collection from A to Z. Here is part eleven, U and V.

1. UM-brella (noun)

Pittsburghese

Sure, Pittsburghers’ umbrella looks the same but the syllable is accented on the first syllable instead of the second.

2. Unce (noun)

Pittsburghese

In Pittsburgh, beers aren’t measured in ounces but unces. Used in a sentence could be “I’ll take the 32 unce Ahrn please!”

3. Unthaw (verb)

Pittsburghese

To defrost, as in “Go unthaw the burgers for dinner.”

4. Uge (adj.)

Pittsburghese

Pittsburghers were saying “uge” as in “huge” long before the president was!

5. Up air (phrase)

Pittsburghese

Up there, as in “You see how many birds flew by up air?”

6. Unner da clock (phrase)

Pittsburghese

Under the clock, as in “Let’s meet unner da Kaufman’s clock!”, an old Pittsburgh favorite.

7. Voka (noun)

Pittsburghese

Vodka—Pittsburghers tend to just eliminate the D.

8. Videoin’ (verb)

Pittsburghese

Recording. Used in a sentence could be, “Shh Dad’s videoin’ Judy’s graduation!”

9. Ver-sails (place)

Pittsburghese

The Pittsburgh suburb Versailles is not pronounced the French way, it is indeed Ver-sails.

10. Vannagrif (place)

Pittsburghese

The Westmoreland County borough is not Vandergrift, as it’s spelled. It is indeed Vannagrif in Pittsburghese.

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