Here Are 20 Words That You’ll Only Understand If You’re From Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has one of the most varied vocabularies in the entire country, representing five distinct dialects. You could even say we have our own dictionary. Most non-Pennsylvanians probably look at us a bit funny when we use these 20 popular words from Pennsylvania.

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There you have it… Your own Pennsylvania dictionary. Which are your favorite popular words from Pennsylvania? What words or phrases have we left out? Join the conversation in the comments! Did you know these are nine words that only Pennsylvanians can pronounce?

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June 13, 2020

What are the most popular foods in Pennsylvania?

Living in Pennsylvania means you probably love food. After all, we live in the Snack Food Capital of the World, and PA is home to Pennsylvania Dutch food, Hershey’s, Utz, and a whole lot of other delicious companies. Some of the most popular foods in Pennsylvania probably won’t surprise you – Philly cheesesteak, whoopie pies, and shoofly pies are just a few. Then, of course, there’s scrapple, that one famous PA food that you either love or you hate. The same could probably be said for Peeps, too, another controversial (but yummy, depending on how you look at it) Pennsylvania food.

What stereotypes are there about Pennsylvania?

People have stereotypes about all states, even the cities and small towns. However, some of those Pennsylvania stereotypes are absolutely true. Take the Philly cheesesteak sandwich. We know how to tell a good one from a bad one, an original from a knockoff, right? Pennsylvanians also generally measure distance by time not miles, and that just makes more sense. Yeah, maybe our idea of fun – lawnmower races and outhouse races, for example – may be a little bit out of the ordinary, but that’s just what makes PA so special.

Where should I go to take photos of Pennsylvania?

You’d probably have an easier time answering where not to take photos in Pennsylvania. There are so many gorgeous spots in PA – from natural to man-made wonders. You might even want to take this road trip to some of the best naturals wonders in Pennsylvania, each of which is the perfect backdrop for photos. Your journey will take you to such photo worthy spots as Pine Creek Gorge (the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania), Cherry Springs State Park, Ringing Rocks State Park, and Ricketts Glen State Park. Plan a stop at the world’s largest pothole, Archbald Pothole, too. Can you imagine what unique photos you could take?

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