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"Pittsburghese" Pittsburgh Local Custom Tip by Pounder73

Pittsburgh Local Customs: 31 reviews and 43 photos

Question: Djeatyet? Yinz go-en dahntahn for a chippedham sammich ora hoggie?

answer: Prolly afta tha Stillers.

Pittsburgh is a fairly, (how can I say this?)... isolated. And with anything else on this world, once something is isolated, it tends to evolve independently of the rest of the world. Evolution, if you will. Language is no different. It took me several years for me to loose my accent, (it sounds pretty bad), now I just get mistaken for mumbling too much. - I can't win.

This is an actual dialect that has had many studies on it. When you hear someone speak it, it is very... umm... unmistakable.

To do it properly, you need to talk without moving your mouth and put a "whine" sound to your voice, and talk fast. Here are examples of words found or pronounced in "Da Burgh"

Gum-band = rubber band
chipped ham = paper thin sliced ham
Dahntahn = downtown
Stillers = Steelers, the football team
Picksburgg = Pittsburgh (you know it's bad when you pronounce your own city wrong)
crick = creek
prolly = probably
pýtoot = your arse
Redd-up = clean up
y-aint = you are not
cuttendt = could not

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  • Updated Apr 1, 2003
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