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Katie G
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« on: August 17, 2012, 05:47:26 pm »

Splitting the difference here, geographically (since we consider southern Maryland "south"....)

You know you're from Philadelphia if 

•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).How many other states do that?
•You know who "Punxsutawney Phil" is, and what it means if he sees his shadow.
•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.
•Words like "hoagie", "crick", "chipped ham", "sticky buns", "shoo-fly pie", "pierogies" 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 & a pizza steak sandwich and a Primanti's, 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.
•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.  Or any day on the Schuylkill Expressway.
•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 now live in the south.
•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" and "yz" is a perfectly acceptable reference to a group of men & women.
•You learned to pronounce Bryn Mawr, Wilkes-Barre, Schuylkill, Bala Cynwyd, Conshohocken, and Monongahela.
•On a hot day, your 80 year old neighbor hoses down the front of her brick rowhouse.
•On a hot day, you go for water ice (pronounced “wooder” ice)
•You know what a "Mummer" is, and are disappointed if you can't catch at least highlights of the parade.
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2012, 09:10:19 pm »

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Words like "hoagie", "crick", "chipped ham", "sticky buns", "shoo-fly pie", "pierogies" and "pocketbook" actually mean something to you
  A hoagie is a sandwhich, like a sub, a crick is what you go splash around in when it gets hot, or where you fish for crawdads, sticky buns are gooey messes that are like smashed sweetrolls, with white icing on them, and a pocket book is a purse... the rest I have no clue.  Smiley  Course, my definition of these might not be right, as these are Southern explanations.  Smiley

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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 now live in the south
   I resemble these remarks!!!  But that's from my time in the Great White North (South Dakota), and are not lessons you ever UNlearn!

Other than that...  Guess it's safe to say I'm NOT from Philly.  Smiley    Thanks for sharing!  And I hope someone can translate my first quote to me with the ACTUAL meanings.  Curiousity will get me for sure on those!
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2012, 09:21:16 pm »

Well being the NYer here which would you like translated? LOL. I can relate to lots of these with PA as our neighbor state, and yes the pronunciation of that is correct :-).  I've heard of most of these except for the last few.  Mummer I am not sure but the rest I can probably explain, not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. I live in the southerntier of western new york if that counts for southern? I don't think so, but had to try.
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2012, 08:22:08 pm »

Hee hee!  CG, you're pretty much spot on with your definitions, although I noticed you left out shoo-fly pie!  (Which is a gooey, sticky mess of a dessert.  Essentially it's a molasses pie topped with a crumb topping.  Best served warm and on a day you're going to be physically busy to work it off!)

Mummers are a little more difficult to describe.  They're groups of amateur performers who dress up in wildly elaborate costumes and march in a parade on New Years Day.  There are different divisions, but the most popular are the string bands (banjos, double basses, saxophones and drums) which put on musical performances that are staged and choreographed.   There's a definite tone of irreverence to the whole thing, but it's lots of fun. 

If you google Mummers under "images", you'll get the idea, because quite frankly, words don't quite do it!
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2012, 10:46:45 am »

I think mummers are mentioned in Shakespeare plays too, I definitely knew the word, just wasn't sure it was the same thing!
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2012, 02:19:07 pm »

Hi Jackie,

The name is actually loosely based on the old English "Mummers Plays".  The tradition goes back well over a century, and like anything else, has changed and modernized.  It used to be a general sort of street-party, but the routines and costumes have gotten quite sophisticated.  (Well, as sophisticated as the Mummers Parade can be, that is.)

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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2012, 02:50:42 pm »

Cool!  I had heard the word Mummer, just wasn't exactly sure until now what it really was.  And shoo-fly pie I had nnoooo idea.  Smiley  Sounds absolutely yummy and really like it should be a southern thing, so perhaps we need to adopt it here too.  Smiley

Love it!  Thanks for sharing!
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