Sunday, June 01, 2003

You Know You're a Pennsylvanian When. . .

  • You've never referred to Philadelphia as anything but "Philly." And New Jersey has always been "Jersey."

  • You refer to Pennsylvania as "PA" (pronounced Pee-ay). How many other states do that?

  • You know what "Punxsutawney Phil" is, and what it means if he sees his shadow.

  • The first day of buck and the first day of doe season are school holidays.

  • You can use the phrase "fire hall wedding reception" and not even bat an eye.

  • You can't go to a wedding without hearing the "Chicken Dance," at least 1 Polka and either an Italian song (sung in Italian,) or "Hava Nagila."

  • At least 2 people on your block have electric "candles" in all or most of their windows all year long.

  • You know what a "Hex sign" is.

  • You know what a "State Store" is.

  • You know what a "hoagie" is.

  • Words like "crick," "chipped ham," "sticky buns," "shoo-fly pie," "pierogies," and "pocketbook" actually mean something to you.

  • You not only have heard of Birch Beer, but you know it comes in several colors: Red, White, Brown, Gold.

  • You know several places to purchase or that serve Scrapple, ring bologna, Lebanon Bologna, and Hot Bacon Dressing.

  • You can eat a cold soft pretzel from a street vendor without fear and enjoy it.

  • You know the difference between a cheese steak &a pizza steak sandwich, and know that you can't get a really good one outside PA.

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

  • You know what a township, borough, and commonwealth is. (At least you vaguely remember.)

  • You've waited 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.

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

  • Your graduating class consisted of mostly Polish, German, & Italian names.

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

  • You know how to respond to the question "Djeetyet?" (Didyoueatyet?) [The proper response is "Nope. Squeet!" as in "Nope, let's go eat!"]

  • You learned to pronounce Bryn Mawr, Wilkes-Barre, Schuylkill, Bala Cynwyd, Conshohocken, and Monongahela.

  • You know what a "Mummer" is, and are disappointed if you can't catch at least highlights of the parade.

  • You actually understand these jokes and send them on to other Pennsylvanians.

I scored 100% on this. I've also seen blue birch beer.

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