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User currently offlineAGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1138 times:

Being from Pittsburgh, we have quite a few words that we kind of "made up" over the years. I was wondering what other types of words or phrases people used in their own part of the world, or if us Pittsburghers aren't that goofy.

Some examples:

Gumband - rubber band
Pop - soda
Babushka - scarf old ladies wear on thier heads
Chipped ham - thinly sliced ham
Jumbo - bologna
Hunky hand grenade - hungarian stuffed cabbage rolls
Jimmies - chocolate or colored sprinkles you put on ice cream
Nighturn - working a 11pm-7am shift
Firehall wedding - many local volunteer fire stations have halls they rent
Riggi-Chiggi-Piggy - typical meal at a wedding. Rigatoni, fried chicken, and hunky hand grenades (see above)
Wedgie - basically an italian hoagie that is made in a pizza dough and folded over
Yinz - instead of saying "you all"

And of course, Stillers - Pittsburgh Steelers

I'm sure GarnettPalmetto will have a few more.

www.pittsburghese.com


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User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1135 times:

Rochester's contribution is overuse of the Italian swear word "Mingia." People here use it constantly, and it no longer has a profane connotation.


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User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1117 times:

Well, the word eh is used here quite often, as it is throughout Canada  .

A couple other Canadian slang I can think of:

Deke - Not really slang anymore, but a Canadian word used like dodge.
Loonies and Toonies - Our 1 and 2 dollar coins.
Hoser - A stereotypically Canadian male.
Double-double - Coffee with 2 creams and 2 sugars, usually used at Timmies  .
Timmies - Tim Hortons, a popular Canadian coffee/donut shop chain. Also used to describe their coffee. (i.e. I need a Timmies)

Thats all I can think of for Canada. Here in BC, there are about a million variations to describe Marijuana, including Bud, Chronic, Blazer, Mary-Jane, etc.

EDIT: Just thought of another one. In Canada, students always say that they are in "Grade 12" as opposed to "12th Grade" in the US.

[Edited 2006-07-02 22:29:21]

User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1105 times:

Quoting AGC525 (Thread starter):
Jimmies - chocolate or colored sprinkles you put on ice cream

That is the proper name for them. Never heard them called, or packaged as anything else.

'the hill' or 'up on the hill' - Lake Tahoe.

'off the hill' Reno or Carson City.

'pogonip' ice fog. From a Paiute word and used by all.

'prunepicker' - Californian (obsolete) If a person uses this word anymore it probably means they are a forty year or more resident.

'Carsonsippi' or 'Ferntucky' derogatory names for Carson City and Fernley, referring to the newly arrived redneck population. Think 'starter' homes.

'Boilerplate' - Windslab snow. Not a lot of fun to ski.

'The Washoe Zephyr' A rueful name for a wind that comes up most hot summer afternoons. Gusts of forty or fifty MPH are common. Mark Twain wrote about flying a cast iron stovelid as a kite in the Washoe Zephyr.



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User currently offlineHandcuffs From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1095 times:

Here are a few we use down south:
Coke= all things cola ie-pepsi, coca cola, root beer, etc
tea= you never have to ask sweet or unsweet b/c it is always SWEET!!!
dinner=lunch
supper=dinner

Quoting AGC525 (Thread starter):
Pop - soda

Pop=knock fire from something
wrench= My grandmother will always say before we eat "Go wrench your hands off before we eat."
This is just a few of the many slang words we use down here.
HC



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User currently onlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5733 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1095 times:

Quoting AGC525 (Thread starter):
Pop - soda

This is a term which used to be used in the UK for soda or lemonade. It never migrated over here, but I remember it from my childhood reading English comics.

Quoting AGC525 (Thread starter):
Babushka - scarf old ladies wear on thier heads

Not a made-up slang word at all:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babushka


User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 5):
Not a made-up slang word at all:

Yup, I have heard that one used here as well. Sounds kinda funny  Silly.


User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1078 times:

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 3):
That is the proper name for them. Never heard them called, or packaged as anything else.

over here we call the hundreds and thousands.....the little sugary things yeah?


User currently offlineDuff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1062 times:

This thread reminds me of one of my "Simpsons" favorite quotes:

Skinner: I hope you're ready for mouth watering hamburgers!
Chalmers: I thought we were having steamed clams?
Skinner: Oh no, I said steamed hams. That's what I call hamburgers.
Chalmers: You call hamburgers "steamed hams"?
Skinner: Yes. It's a regional dialogue.
Chalmers: Uh.. what region?
Skinner: Uuuh. Upstate New York.
Chalmers: Really? Well I'm from Utica and I've never heard anyone use the phrase "steamed hams".
Skinner: Oh not in Utica, no, it's an Albany expression.

 rotfl 



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User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1057 times:

When something's really cool, it's "wicked pissa." Confined mainly to the north shore of Boston, and its usage may have dropped off a bit since I was a kid.

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