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Among the early families of Nockamixon are the names of Youngkin, Overpeck, Keyser, Frankenfield, Ott and Sigafoos and Buck. 1.

 TALKING PENNSYLVANIAN

 

For those who think we 'talk funny' or use 'big words', here's why ...

 
Once a Pennsylvanian, ALWAYS a Pennsylvanian!
bulletAbout Pennsylvanians: You've never referred to Philadelphia as anything but 'Philly' and New Jersey has always been ' Jersey .'
bulletWe don't go to the beach, we go 'down the shore.'
bulletYou refer to Pennsylvania as 'PA' (pronounced Pee-Ay). How many other states do that??
bullet'You guys' (or even 'youze guys', in some places) is a perfectly acceptable reference to a group of men and women.
bulletYou know how to respond to the question 'Djeetyet?' ( Did you eat yet ?)
bulletYou learned to pronounce Bryn Mawr, Wilkes-Barre, Schuylkill, the Poconos, Tamaqua, Kutztown,Tunkahannock, Bala Cynwyd, Duquesne and Monongahela. also Conshohocken.
bulletAnd we know Lancaster is pronounced Lank-ister, not Lan-kaster.
bulletYou know what a 'Mummer' is, and are disappointed if you can't catch at least highlights of the parade.
bulletYou know what 'Punxsutawney Phil' is, and what it means if he sees his shadow.
bulletThe first day of buck and the first day of doe season are school holidays.
bulletAt least five people on your block have electric 'candles' in all or most of their windows all year long.
bulletYou 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.
bulletWords like 'hoagie,' 'crick,' 'chipped ham,' 'dippy eggs', 'sticky buns,' 'shoo-fly pie,' 'lemon sponge pie', 'pierogies' and 'pocketbook' actually mean something to you. ( By the way, that last one's PA slang for a purse!)
bulletYou can eat cold pizza (even for breakfast!) and know others who do the same. Those from NY find this 'barbaric.'
bulletYou not only have heard of Birch Beer, but you know it comes in several colors.
bulletYou know the difference between a cheese steak and a pizza steak sandwich, and you know that you also can't get a really good one anywhere outside of the Philly area. (Except maybe in Atlantic City on the boardwalk.)
bulletYou live for summer, when street and county fairs signal the beginning of funnel cake season.
bulletYou know that Blue Ball, Intercourse, Paradise, Climax, Bird-in-Hand, Beaver, Moon, Virginville, Mars, Bethlehem, Hershey, Indiana, Sinking Spring, Jersey Shore, State College, Washington Crossing, Jim Thorpe, King of Prussia, Wind Gap, and Slippery Rock are all PA towns ... and the first three were consecutive stops on the old Reading RR! (PS - That's pronounced Redd-ing.)
bulletYou know what a township, borough, and commonwealth are.
bulletYou can identi fy drivers from New York , New Jersey , Maryland or other neighboring states by their unique and irritating driving habits and their front license plates!
bulletA traffic jam is 10 cars waiting to pass a horse-drawn carriage on the highway in Lancaster County. (And remember ... that's Lank-ister!)
bulletYou know several people who have hit deer more than once.
bulletYou carry jumper cables in your car and your female passengers know how to use them.
bulletDriving is always better in winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
bulletAs a kid you built snow forts and leaf piles that were taller than you were..
bulletYou know beer doesn't grow in a garden, but you know where to find a beer garden.
bulletYou also know someone who lives 'down the lane'.
bulletYou actually understand all this and send it on to other Pennsylvanians for former Pennsylvanians!
1. Place Names in Bucks County 1942, Compiled by George MacReynolds, Page 170

 

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