You Know You're From or In Pennsylvania If
- Thursday, October 20, 2005
You've never referred to Philadelphia as anything but "Philly." And New Jersey has always been "Jersey."
You refer to Pennsylvania as "PA" (pronounced Peeay).
You know what "Punxsutawney Phil" ( A Ground Hog ) 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 5 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, and your out of state friends find it incredulous that you can't purchase liquor at the mini-mart.
You own only three condiments "salt, pepper and Heinz ketchup."
Words like "hoagie," "chipped ham," "sticky buns," "pirogies", "crick", "pop" , "Stillers" and "pocketbook" actually mean something to you.
You can eat cold pizza (even for breakfast) and know others who do the same. (Those from NY find this "barbaric.")
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, Summer Sausage (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 and a Primanti Bros. "sanwich", and know that you can't get a really good one outside PA.
You live for summer, when street and county fairs signal the beginning of funnel cake season.
Customers ask the waitress for "dippy eggs" for breakfast.
You know what a township, borough, and commonwealth is.
You can identify drivers from New York, New Jersey, Ohio, 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 know several people who have hit deer more than once.
You carry jumper cables in your car and your female passengers know how to use them.
You still keep kitty litter, starting fluid, de-icer, or a snow brush in your trunk, even if you live in the South.
Driving is always better in winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
As a kid you built snow forts and leaf piles that were taller than you were.
Your graduating class consisted of mostly Polish, German, & Italian names.
"You guys" and "ynz" is a perfectly acceptable reference to a group of men & women.
You know how to respond to the question "Djeetyet?"
(Did you eat yet?)
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.
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