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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)
Sure, Pittsburghers’ umbrella looks the same but the syllable is accented on the first syllable instead of the second.
2. Unce (noun)
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)
To defrost, as in “Go unthaw the burgers for dinner.”
4. Uge (adj.)
Pittsburghers were saying “uge” as in “huge” long before the president was!
5. Up air (phrase)
Up there, as in “You see how many birds flew by up air?”
6. Unner da clock (phrase)
Under the clock, as in “Let’s meet unner da Kaufman’s clock!”, an old Pittsburgh favorite.
7. Voka (noun)
Vodka—Pittsburghers tend to just eliminate the D.
8. Videoin’ (verb)
Recording. Used in a sentence could be, “Shh Dad’s videoin’ Judy’s graduation!”
9. Ver-sails (place)
The Pittsburgh suburb Versailles is not pronounced the French way, it is indeed Ver-sails.
10. Vannagrif (place)
The Westmoreland County borough is not Vandergrift, as it’s spelled. It is indeed Vannagrif in Pittsburghese.