Pennsylvania October 31, 2016
10 Words People In Pennsylvania Just Don’t Understand
Watch out! Avoid that chuck hole! Um…what? Every state has its own nuances when it comes to language, which means there are some words Pennsylvanians just don’t understand. Here are 10 words that you might be semi-familiar with or not familiar with at all.
1. Chuck hole
Drivers in Tennessee and Kentucky - among other states - refer to those annoying dips in the road as chuck holes. Pennsylvanians? That's a pothole to us.
Most Pennsylvanians likely think of a horse drawn carriage when they hear the word carriage. What's a shopping cart or a buggy to us is a shopping carriage or carriage to some from New England.
3. Rummage sale
If you're looking for a good deal or to turn someone's junk into your treasure in Florida, you find a rummage sale. In Pennsylvania, we visit yard sales or tag sales.
Imagine if someone from Wisconsin asked you for directions to the nearest bubbler. You might not know to point them to the nearest water fountain or drinking fountain.
5. Take away
You might know what take away is if you live in Pennsylvania, especially if you've ever traveled or have eaten at Outback Steakhouse. But, to Pennsylvanians take away is more commonly known as takeout.
Maybe you're a Pennsylvanian who heard your parents or grandparents referring to that comfy summer footwear as thongs. But today, thongs generally describe a type of undergarment while those comfy summer shoes are called flip flops.
Don't order an ice cream cone with sprinkles on it in New England. Those delightful little sprinkles are called Jimmies up north.
8. Hot dish
Mmm...mmm...nothing hits the spot like a hot dish. Wait, what? Those in Minnesota call it hot dish while Pennsylvanians refer to it as a casserole.
9. Pop versus soda
Even Pennsylvanians can't agree on what that popular caffeinated drink is called: Pop or soda. Pittsburghers drink pop while those in Philly typically call it soda. And - those in between - what do you call it? Pop or soda?
10. Eaves trough
Have you ever complained about having to clean the eaves trough? No? Those who live in Wisconsin just might. But, Pennsylvanians? It's the rain gutter for us.
Okay, so maybe there are a few words that Pennsylvanians just don’t understand. But, there are also some words that
only Pennsylvanians understand so…call it even?