Pittsburgh May 26, 2017
11 Awkward Moments Every Pittsburgher Has Endured At Least Once
We Pittsburghers just get each other. We speak the same language, share common experiences, and have pride in our city. We also have shared our fair share of awkward moments, often as a result of our distinct Pittsburgh habits and culture. Here are 11 awkward moments every Pittsburgher has probably endured at least once.
1.. Ordering pop or…
Pop or soda. We call it pop and using that term just might give away that we're PIttsburghers if we happen to order a pop in a restaurant in a soda state.
2. Fries on your sandwich or salad at an out-of-state restaurant.
Topping sandwiches and salads with fries is a distinctively Pittsburgh thing, thanks to Primanti Brothers. Expect a strange look if you order a sandwich topped with coleslaw and fries anywhere else but the Burgh.
3. Giving directions in minutes instead of miles or...
Most people give directions according to miles. Not Pittsburghers. We use minutes, which could make for an awkward interaction for a lost tourist who simply wants to find his destination with a little help.
4. Directing out-of-towners using landmarks.
When you're giving that tourist those directions - using minutes - you just might slip a few landmarks into the conversation. Turn right by the old Pittsburgh Post Gazette building, for example.
5. Clarifying that Pittsburgh is smoky no longer.
Some people still insist on portraying Pittsburgh as a steel town covered in a veil of smoke. Awkward, isn't it, when we have to clarify that that smoky image of the Steel City is now a memory of the past?
6. Explaining how to pronounce the names of nearby towns.
We've got some difficult-to-pronounce towns around the area. Like North Versailles. If you're a bona fide Pittsburgher, you know to pronounce the Ls. However, if you're from anywhere else you might pronounce it like the palace outside of Paris.
7. Being served ketchup other than Heinz.
Pittsburgh is a Heinz town. It's what Pittsburghers eat. Imagine being served another brand of ketchup - like Hunt's. It just doesn't happen in the Burgh.
8. Translating your use of Pittsburghese.
We speak Pittsburghese, sometimes forgetting that not everyone knows what we mean when we say rid up, jag off, and dahntan. We usually figure it out, though, after getting a strange look or two.
9. Losing your footing on a slippy (ahem, notice the Pittsburghese?) surface and falling.
We've all slipped on an icy sidewalk or road. It shouldn't even be classified as awkward or embarrassing anymore. It's just a part of winter in Pittsburgh.
10. Pointing out that, no, Philly isn’t just a short drive from the Burgh.
Plenty of out-of-staters don't realize that Philly and Pittsburgh aren't exactly close to each other. It could get a bit awkward trying to explain that to someone who thinks they can zip over to Philly in a half an hour.
11. Comforting a friend because the Steelers beat his or her favorite team.
Pittsburghers are used to the Steelers, the Pens, and the Pirates winning. Sometimes that winning comes at the expense of someone we love - who supports another team - and we have to somehow show understanding at how awful it must feel to be on the losing end.
So, we’ve all had to endure our fair share of awkward moments as Pittsburghers. Let’s add to the list! Share the awkward moments you think Pittsburghers endure below! Then, check out the
14 strange habits we all pretty much have developed.