Sometimes life in Pittsburgh can be, well, like living in a whole different culture from the rest of the country. We have our own way of talking. We have our own way of doing things (where else do people stop in front of a tunnel?). We’re unique. Here are just 10 things people learn pretty quickly when they move to Pittsburgh.
1. The weather can be pretty finicky but…
Just take a look at the curves Mother Nature has thrown us this winter. Warm enough for shorts one day and waiting for snow the next. Expect the unexpected when it comes to the weather in Pittsburgh.
2. We experience all four seasons.
Summer’s heat and humidity can be pretty unbearable and you’ll hear plenty of us complaining we can’t wait until fall. But, the good news is we do experience all four seasons. Even better? Or worse, depending on how you look at it? Sometimes we experience all the seasons in a single day.
3. Shorts are acceptable any time of the year.
Shorts are just more comfortable. Don’t be surprised if you see Pittsburghers sporting shorts and a sweatshirt, even in the dead of winter.
4. You call it summer. We call it road construction season.
Download a GPS app on your smartphone if you don’t have a GPS in your vehicle. You’re going to need it to navigate all the road closures and detours necessary due to the road construction during the summer.
5. We have our own way of giving directions.
Sure, most people giving directions probably say things like "go 10 miles down the parkway." Pittsburgh? We’ll tell you how long to drive. "Drive about 10 minutes down the parkway."
6. You’re in Steeler country now.
Pittsburghers support their Steelers – and Penguins and Pirates – no matter what. Rooting for the other team on Pittsburgh’s turf? Good luck with that. Pittsburghers will drown out your cheers and chants.
7. We call it
Order a pop if you really want to fit in in Pittsburgh. Ask for a soda and you’re pretty much telling everyone you’re not from here.
8. Our official language is Pittsburghese.
While we may not all speak Pittsburghese all the time, some people do have thick Pittsburgh accents. And, we all use common phrases and words from time to time, including jagoff, dahntahn, and Stillers.
9. Everyone’s pretty friendly.
You’ll quickly discover that Pittsburgh’s home to some of the friendliest people with the biggest hearts. Most of us will strike up a conversation with strangers and stop to help when there’s a need.
10. Go ahead – make our day.
Pittsburghers are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.
But, we don’t take too kindly if you insult our town, our sports teams, or Pittsburghers.
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