Pittsburgh September 21, 2017
11 Undeniable Habits That No Pittsburgher Can Ever Unlearn
What makes Pittsburgh so charming? Ask a bunch of Pittsburghers and you’re sure to get plenty of different responses. One thing that makes Pittsburgh so special is, of course, Pittsburghers and their quirks. Here are 11 undeniable habits that illustrate just how unique we Pittsburghers are.
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1. Cheering for the black and gold
Call it a habit. A passion. An obsession. Whatever you call it, Pittsburghers will never stop cheering for the black and gold. Pittsburgh's undoubtedly one of the country's most loyal
and passionate sports towns, which is pretty easy to understand with three words. Steelers. Pens. Bucs.
2. Adhering to the Pittsburgh left
Pittsburghers can be a bit, ahem, rude on the road. (Yes, Pittsburgh was even named one of the cities with the rudest drivers.) But, the Pittsburgh left also shows us at our most considerate. What's that? When a light turns green at an intersection, drivers going straight allow the first driver turning left to make the turn before proceeding.
3. Fearing the Tunnel Monster
Deep within the Squirrel Hill Tunnel lurks a monster. Or, at least that's what some people think. Otherwise, why would traffic suddenly come to a virtual standstill as drivers approach the dreaded tunnel?
4. Wearing black and gold more than any other colors
It's probably no surprise that in such a sports-oriented town that the main colors of people's wardrobe typically consist of black and gold. And, wearing black and gold is a pretty cool habit, wouldn't you say?
5. Asking for Heinz
You can take the Pittsburgher out of Pittsburgh. But, you know the saying, you can't take Pittsburgh out of the Pittsburgher. No matter where we go, we buy or we ask for Heinz. Ketchup. Mustard. Pickles. And, there's nothing wrong with that.
6. Giving directions using landmarks
Ask a Pittsburgher for directions. In lieu of street names, you're likely to hear directions using landmarks like the Cathedral of Learning. That's how we get around, after all.
7. Speaking fluent Pittsburghese
Speaking fluent Pittsburghese isn't really a habit as much as it is a part of our lifestyle. Would yinz agree with that?
8. Saving our spot with a chair – any chair
See that chair in the snow-cleared parking space? That means we're claiming our parking spot after we've dug it out. Don't steal the parking space
or the chair.
9. Waiting when we’re honked at
Maybe it's a Pittsburgh thing or maybe it's just a habit of American drivers. But, when we're in the car, getting ready to pull out of the parking space, don't honk. Otherwise, we're sometimes forced to go even slower.
10. Ordering fries
as a topping
Where else in the country are fries considered a topping? That's right. Pittsburghers have a charming habit of ordering fries on their sandwiches and French fries.
11. Eating jumbo, chipped chopped ham, and pierogis
Mmm...mmm...Pittsburghers sure do know good food. Remember eating jumbo sandwiches when you were growing up? Or chipped chopped ham sandwiches? And, is there ever a time when pierogis aren't the perfect meal?
Okay, yinzers, it’s your turn! What other undeniable habits of Pittsburghers would you add to this list? Then,
click here to read about the 10 things that always make Pittsburghers think of home.