November 11, 2004

Philadelphia Dictionary

For those of you who don't know me (RockStar Mommy), which is probably all of you, I live in Philadelphia. And those of you who do know me know that I am extremely unhappy about this. I've lived here all my life, and have been plotting my escape since I was a wee little one. And it is coming soon. I swear it. Very soon. I can taste it! And it tastes like a TastyKake.

I don't like the city for many reasons: Rude people (but alas, no cacti); high crime rate; poor conditions of schools, libraries, roads, and most public places, bumper to bumper traffic at any given time of the day; lots of pollution; crappy school systems; and extremely high city wage taxes. But really, the thing that bugs me the most, probably more than all of those things put together? Is the way that most people in Philly talk. The accent / draw / slang ... whatever you want to call it ... it's enough to make you gag at times. Not everyone has it; I don't. But most do.

So, if you ever decide to visit Philly (what? are you out of crack?), I put together a small dictionary to which you can refer in order to communicate properly.

YOUSE or Yoooooz - The plural form of You.
WOONT - Wouldn't
JEET YET? - Did you eat yet?
NO, JEW - No, Did you?
IGGLES - Philadelphia Eagles
CROWN - Crayon
TAIL - Towel
WOODER - Water
TAWK - Talk
AAEG - Egg
DAWG - Dog
WAWK - Walk
BEGGLES - Bagels
CONFRABILL - Confortable
LIE-BERRY - Library
PAYMINT - Pavemint

How do people in your area talk?

Posted by at November 11, 2004 10:58 AM


Lots of youns and yins. As in, "What are youns (or yins) doing after work?" *gag*

Posted by: Dawn (webmiztris) at November 11, 2004 01:12 PM

We say fixin' to. Like, we're fixin' to go get some dinner? Would y'all like to come?

Oh, and for some strange reason, when my daughter says crayon, it sounds like crown.

Posted by: Kelley at November 11, 2004 04:57 PM

In California everyone is a "Dude," gender aside, and everything is "Like." Example "I was shopping and like I saw this shirt, and I was like, wow, what a cute like shirt." This is not something to be proud of.

Posted by: Shannon at November 13, 2004 04:38 PM