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« Reply #20 on: October 02, 2007, 08:16:11 AM »

Hi buddy,

Hahaha im sorry about the 'pittsburghese', i felt the same way you do when i first came here in Allegheny and met pittsburghers...its wierd because im actually using their terminology in increasing frequency whenever im back home in jersey. And my friends back home get annoyed by that hahaha. So you're in southern pittsburgh area? Do you live close by Monroeville and Shaler area, Cranberry area?
I'd love to do lunch some time--actually ill be down there in a few weeks for some interviews.

Feel free to message me anytime.


PS. You're welcome, my pleasure.

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« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2007, 08:18:20 AM »
Guys what is Pittsburghese terms ???
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« Reply #22 on: October 02, 2007, 08:27:03 AM »
Hey Ate,

Some pittsburghese terms are "Jeetjet" which is a local phrasing for "did you eat yet?" Another include:

Yinz = You all/ Y'all
Keller = Color
Kaach= couch
dahntahn= downtown
gumban = rubber band
jumbo = baloney
chipped = ham
crick = creek
worsh = wash
pop = soda
sweeper = can be used for vacuum or broom
jnt igl = (say this fast) it refers to "Giant Eagle" a popular local grocery store chain. LOL
sathsid = south side

Here are just examples.LOL!



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« Reply #23 on: October 02, 2007, 08:34:14 AM »

Think of it as Pittsburgh's version of Bisayan.  It a language which contains additional words that makes Pittsburgh people feel at home.  Our friend Lorenzo's dictionary is, of course, accurate.

I guess language as social clique is more common than I had thought.

Since I am basically a cosmopolitan man of the world (one reason I don't fit well in provincial Pittsburgh), I don't like Pittsburghese.

But I do appreciate Lorenzo's use of the local dialect to identify himself as a member of the tribe, even though I'm not really a member of that tribe.

A disadvantage of being a cosmopolitan man of the world is that I have no roots and no real bonding with people.  I think this is something I am looking to discover in the Philippines because when I was there I felt much more connected with the local people than I ever did with Americans.

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« Reply #24 on: October 02, 2007, 08:36:15 AM »
...and what made you move there??? hmmm?

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« Reply #25 on: October 02, 2007, 08:43:32 AM »
[/b]...and what made you move there??? hmmm?

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Economic disaster.  I lost my job and thanks to my lack of connections, could not find a new one fast enough to be able to afford to stay.  I had a friend in Pittsburgh with a job lined up for me and so here I am.

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« Reply #26 on: October 02, 2007, 08:55:09 AM »
And now you're a TB resident, Dave. Addiction will take place soon, haha, but you're in good company, sir. Good company.

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« Reply #27 on: October 02, 2007, 09:06:44 AM »




That's really bad Dave, I have friends who experienced that same kind of thing... and LA is so expensive place to live.

Anyway, enjoy your stay here in TB... people here are very nice...

dont hesitate to ask someone to interpret things for you...

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« Reply #28 on: January 13, 2009, 06:40:34 PM »
After reading what Mr. David posted, I am very happy that I know abit of 2 other languages. Even if Bilingualism is also related to a later onset of Alzheimer's.
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