Sunday, November 1, 2009

You Know, You Just Know

This has landed in my email in-box a couple times. (This means these jokes are everywhere and I can't give credit where credit is due, my apologies.) I thought it would be fun to share with all you PA'ers out there. If you are not from PA, well we are known for more then the Amish and the sports fans that threw snowballs at Santa Claus (then again, if you are from Central PA, as I am, you don't necessarily claim Philadelphia as being a part of the state.)

You Know You Are From PA When ...

You've never referred to Philadelphia as anything but "Philly." And New Jersey has always been "Jersey." You refer to Pennsylvania as "PA" (prononuced Pee-ay). HOw many other states do that?
This is very true, what nickname do you call your home state?

You say the correct pronunciation LANG-kist-er instead of the mispronounced Lan-CAST-er, and LEN-en-in instead of the equally incorrect Leb-a-NON.
Take note people!

You know what "Punxsutawney Phil" is, and what it means if he sees his shadow.
Once and for all, with all those camera lights pointing at him OF COURSE he will see his shadow.

The first day of buck and the first day of doe season are school holidays.
Doesn't everyone have off for hunting?

School closings due to snow take the radio stations a half an hour to finish, because just about every town has its own school district.

You know what a "Hex sign" is.
And no, it has nothing to do with the "evil eye", unless you are from Philly.

Elect pro-life Democrats and pro-choice Republicans for Governor (i.e., Casey & Ridge.)

Frequently go "with," e.g., "You going to the market? MInd if I come with?"

You know what a "State Store" is, and your out of state friends find it incredulous that you can't purchase liquor at the mini-mart.
I've been out of PA long enough to find it incredulous. Time PA to catch up to the rest of the world.

Words like "hoagie", "crick", "chipped ham", "sticky buns", "shoo-fly pie", "Pierogies" and "pocketbook" actually mean something to you.
A hoagie is not the same as a sub, and far superior to a sub. Doesn't everyone call their purse a pocketbook?

You can eat cold pizza (even for breakfast) and know others who do the same. (Those from NY find this barbaric.)
I thought everyone ate cold pizza for breakfast, especially at a sleep over.

You know several places to purchase, or that serve, Scrapple, Summer Sausage (Lebanon Bolonga), and Hot Bacon Dressing.
Ouh, now I'm craving a spinach salad. Lebanon Bologna is the only kind of bologna to eat, and scrapple is just foul! FOUL!

You know the difference between a cheese steak & a pizza steak sandwich, and know what you can't get a really good one outside PA.
It is true. You can't order a good cheese steak outside of Philly. Don't even try, just save your money.

You live for summer, when street and county fairs signal the beginning of funnel cake season.
Ohhhh, F.U.N.N.E.L. C.A.K.E.

You know that Blue Ball, Intercourse, Climax, Bird-in-Hand, Bever, Moon, Virginville, Paradise, Mars, and Slippery Rock are PA towns.

You know what a township, borough, and commonwealth is. (At least you vaguely remember.)
Does anyone really know the difference between them?

You can identify drivers from New York, New Jersey, or other neighboring states by their unique and irritating driving habits.

A traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a horse-drawn carriage on the highway in Lancaster County.

You carry jumper cables in your car and your female passengers know how to use them.
I used to know, now I have AAA.

You still keep kitty litter, starting fluid, de-icer, or a snow brush in your trunk, even if you live in the south.
Snow brush.

Driving is always better in winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

"You guys" is a perfectly acceptable reference to a group of men & women.

You know how to respond to the question "Djeetyet?" (Didyoueatyet?)
In our area it was "it's all." As in, "the chips are all gone."

You learned to pronounce Bryn Mawr, Wilkes-Barre, Schuylkill, Bala Cynwyd, Conshohocken, and Monongahela. As well as Susquehanna and Juniata.
Wow, my spell checker went crazy with this one. If you live in Philly the Schuylkill Expressway is known as the Shurkill. Never driven on it? Mwhahahhha!

You know what a "Mummer" is, and are disappointed if you can't catch at least the highlights of the parade.
Sorry to admit it, but I never heard of a Mummer until we lived in Philly, and even then it took me awhile to figure it out.

You actually understand these jokes and send them to other Pennsylvanians.
Understand yes. Send them, no, I just share them with all of you;)

Are you from PA? What are your favorite PA tales?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You didn't put in the best one -- yous. They all say yous. Drives me nuts!!!!!!