If you’re spending some time in the state, you will want to know these Pennsylvania Slang words to help you speak like a local. From great road trips to tasty burgers, as well as enjoyable cities like Philadelphia, this is a state you will want to get to know a whole lot better.
The Best Pennsylvania Slang
1. Red things up = Tidy up
In Pennsylvania, when you’re told to “red things up” it doesn’t mean grab the paint, it means start tidying!
2. Gum bands = Rubber bands
Gum bands is another term for rubber bands in Pennsylvania.
3. Dippy eggs = Soft cooked eggs
If you want your eggs cooked over easy, just ask for ‘dippy eggs’.
4. Yinz/yinzer/yous = You all
If you’re in Pittsburgh and someone is trying to get you and your friends’ attention, you might hear these said instead of ‘you guys’ or ‘y’all’.
5. Scrapple = Pork goodness enjoyed in loaf form for breakfast
This traditionally Amish dish is the perfect crispy fried pork slice to pair with eggs.
6. Jawn = Person, place or thing
“Can you pass me that jawn?” “Hey, did you see that jawn acting up at the bar last night?”
7. Jag off = Stupid
A derogatory slang term from Pittsburgh meaning a person who is stupid – a little like the word ‘douchebag’.
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