Pittsburgh Local Customs

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    Glass manufacturing

    by solopes Updated Dec 31, 2013

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    My visit to Pittsburgh had two purposes - Carnegie Library and the glass school. I was not disappointed, and I suggest that, if you never saw working in glass, try to visit the school. It is well equipped, they do a nice work, and working in glass is really a tremendous performance.

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    KDKA - World's first radio station

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jan 2, 2011
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    KDKA radio, created by Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh, is the world's first commercial radio station. Originally located in East Pittsburgh, but moved to Gateway Center in the 1950s after the area was revitalized. KDKA's studios still reside here in Gateway Center.

    A plaque in Gateway Center near Point State Parks commemorates the original site of KDKA radio. It reads:

    RADIO STATION KDKA

    World's first commercial
    station began operating
    November 2, 1920, when
    KDKA reported Harding-
    Cox election returns
    from a makeshift studio
    at the East Pittsburgh
    Works of Westinghouse.
    Music, sports, talks, and
    special events were soon
    being regularly aired.

    Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission 1990

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    Pittsburgh Post Gazette

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jan 1, 2011

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    The Post Gazette is Pittsburgh's main daily newspaper. Their main offices are located downtown just a block from Point State Park, where you can watch tomorrow's headlines printing before your eyes as the printing presses are at street level behind large plate-glass windows.

    A plaque on this building commemorates John Scull, who in 1786, became the first person to establish a newspaper west of the Allegheny Range of the Appalachians. His paper was called the Gazette, which is a forerunner to today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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    Iron City Beer & the Pittsburgh Brewing Company

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Sep 12, 2010

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    Iron City Beer was first brewed in Pittsburgh in 1861 and the Pittsburgh Brewing Company was formed in 1899 through a merger of 21 local breweries. This company was one of just 725 US breweries to survive the prohibition period, and by 1977, it was one of only 40 breweries remaining in America. IC Light was introduced in 1977 and is known as the first light beer brewed from scratch as a light beer. The Pittsburgh Brewing Company has made several innovations in the industry including the first snap top can, the first resealable twist off cap, first beer to use sports scenes on the label, and the nations first light beer. Their latest ploy is the aluminum bottle, long a staple overseas in places like Okinawa, Japan, but new on the scene in America.

    After years of tough sales due to increasing competition from major brewers and craft beers, the Pittsburgh Brewing Company declared bankruptcy in 2007. In 2009 the company shuttered the historic brewery in Pittsburgh and moved to the old Rolling Rock Brewery in Latrobe, PA. This is a good fit for the Pittsburgh beer, as Latrobe is also home to Steelers Training camp.

    But how does it taste? Well, I may be a bit biased...my first beer EVER was an Iron City, way out in Colorado Springs with some friends from Pittsburgh. Later, I lived on IC Light anytime I was home, partly because the local bar had it on tap for 85 cents a glass. In my personal opinion Iron City isn't all that great of a beer, but IC Light is damn good.

    Others may disagree...here's a good quote from Otto on Pubcrawler.com: "Tired of the usual crap and looking for something a little less crappy? Here you go. What the hell, you'll be supporting the little guy. Plus a trip to the brewery is really worth it . A big leftover of some past industrial age. Very cool."

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    Diehard Steelers and Pirates fans.

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Sep 4, 2010

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    From the residents we ran into and the commentators on Just Ducky Tours, we gathered that people are diehard Steelers fans.

    Pittsburgh Steelers were a dominant franchise in 1970s and has won twice since 2004 despite, as my husband says, Patriots and Colts are better on paper. My son is a Patriot fan and resents that Steelers have won twice already. The two of them were mourning Steelers win over Cardinals in Superbowl 2009.

    People are also Pirates fans in a light-hearted manner. There are more stories of their failure than successes that are told in a fun loving manner. The two men in the picture cheered for Pirates and cussed Toronto, but then immediately added that as long as Toronto keeps sending tourists to them, it is great.

    We did not run into Penguins fans for of course it was not the season.

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    This says alot about Pittsburgh

    by icunme Written Sep 23, 2009

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    I believe this is the cloak room at the History Museum, although I am not certain, as there are cloak rooms everywhere - people just hang their things - fur coats, parkas, kids' jackets, whatever - no attendant - and you don't even think that perhaps your coat might be stolen. Nice way to live!

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  • Really good web site

    by estargrl88 Written Jul 14, 2009

    I found a very good web site for Pittsburgh visitors (and residents): http://www.pittsburghneighborhoodtours.com.
    This web site gives example itineraries for different interests and lists information about several neighborhoods.
    There's also the summary page:
    http://www.pittsburghneighborhoodtours.com/pr13/tours/tourDetail.asp?nTour=7.
    This lists some of the top touristic draws plus, for those who want the authentic daily experience, what "locals love," (and they get it right).

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    Victory Parades!

    by Ewingjr98 Written Jul 7, 2009

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    In 2009 the city of Pittsburgh hosted two major sports victory parades in just four months. First the Steelers won the Super Bowl, then the Penguins won the Stanley Cup. The Steelers parade drew some 350,000 people in the dead of winter, and the Pens parade is said to have brought about 375,000 people into town on a beautiful summer day to watch the festivities.

    Both parades began around Grant and Fifth, proceeded down Fifth to Boulevard of the Allied, then continued on this street to a stage at Stanwix Street near Point State Park.

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    Die Hard Fans

    by cjg1 Updated Apr 2, 2009

    Pittsburgh is full of die hard Penguins, Steelers and Pirates fans. We were in town during the Pitt/Villanova game and a Penguins/Rangers game. The fans are outrageously into their teams. Just observing the fans watching the Pitt game on TV was interesting. I hadn't heard that much screaming and cursing ...you'd think we were in Red Sox teritory (lol).

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    Oh? Was that your chair?

    by cjg1 Written Mar 30, 2009

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    In something that seems to be uniquely Pittsburgh self centered jerks put a chair in the parking spot when they leave to block others from coming and parking there. Or so it seems. It seems no one messes with the chair and it actually works to keep useful parking spaces unavailable.

    Well in this message for the people that do this, I move chairs. I wont park there after moving it as I most likely am not even driving. But I move chairs. Look around the block or down the street. Super nice people here let me tell you.

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    neighborhoods

    by davecallahan Updated Oct 5, 2008

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    example of some of the neighborhoods

    Pittsburgh officially recognizes the neighborhoods listed below.
    They are connected in large sectors: DownTown, North, South, East and West

    Allegheny Center
    Allegheny West --- in the West Sector
    Allentown
    Arlington --- in the South Sector
    Arlington Heights
    Banksville
    Bedford Dwellings
    Beechview
    Beltzhoover
    Bloomfield --- in the East Sector
    Bluff (Uptown, also known as Soho)
    Bon Air
    Brighton Heights
    Brightwood
    Brookline --- in the South Sector
    California-Kirkbride
    Carrick
    Central Business District
    Central Lawrenceville
    Central North Side
    Central Oakland --- in the east Sector
    Chartiers --- in the South Sector
    Chateau
    Crafton Heights --- in the West Sector
    Crawford-Roberts
    Duquesne Heights
    East Allegheny
    East Carnegie
    East Hills
    East Liberty
    Elliot
    Esplen
    Fairywood
    Fineview --- in the North Sector
    Friendship
    Garfield
    Glen Hazel
    Greenfield --- in the South and East Sectors
    Hays
    Hazelwood --- in the East Sector
    Highland Park --- in the East Sector
    Hill District --- in the East Sector
    Homewood North
    Homewood South --- in the South and East Sectors
    Homewood West
    Knoxville
    Larimer
    Lawrenceville --- in the East Sector
    Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar
    Lincoln Place
    Manchester
    Marshall-Shadeland
    Mexican War Streets --- in the North Sector
    Middle Hill
    Morningside
    Mount Oliver
    Mount Washington
    New Homestead
    North Oakland
    North Point Breeze
    North Shore --- in the North Sector
    Northview Heights
    Oakland --- in the East Sector
    Oakwood --- in the North Sector
    Observatory Hill
    Overbrook
    Perry North --- in the South Sector
    Perry South --- in the South Sector
    Point Breeze
    Polish Hill
    Regent Square --- in the East Sector
    Ridgemont
    Shadyside --- in the East Sector
    Sheraden --- in the West Sector
    South Oakland
    South Shore
    Southside Flats --- in the Downtown Sector
    Southside Slopes --- in the South Sector
    Spring Garden
    Spring Hill
    Squirrel Hill --- in the East Sector
    Stanton Heights
    Strip District --- in the Downtown Sector
    Summer Hill
    Swisshelm Park
    Terrace Village
    Troy Hill
    Upper Hill
    Upper Lawrenceville
    West End
    West Oakland
    Westwood
    Windgap

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    Pittsburghese

    by mikelisaanna Updated Mar 10, 2008

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    Longtime residents of Pittsburgh speak English with a unique accent called Pittsburghese. As a result, a Pittsburgh native can usually tell if someone else is from Pittsburgh within the first few sentences of a conversation.

    In Pittsburghese, ee is pronounced i (creek becomes crick, steel becomes still, and the two professional football teams in Pennsylvania are the "Stillers" and the "Iggles"). Ow and ou are prounounced like ah (flower becomes flar, downtown becomes donton, shower becomes shar, hour becomes ar, etc.).

    Another highlight of Pittsburghese is the word "yins", which is substituted for "you" ("Yins goin' dawn the crick ta go fishin'?", "Yins gonna watch the Stillers game?"). An exception to this rule is when the word "you is used after the words "would" or "could" - one then would say "woodja or coudja" instead of using the word "yins".

    A key part of Pittsburghese grammar is that the phrase "needs to be" is always shortened to just "needs". Examples are "The hoss needs painted," instead of "The house needs to be painted", and "The grass needs cut", instead of "The grass needs to be cut".

    And, for some reason, Pittsburghers pronounce the capitol city of the USA as "Warshington". They also warsh their hands.

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    Pittsburghese

    by jls274 Written Jul 25, 2007

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    Pittsburgh has some distinct linguistics :)

    Arn City = Iron City
    Rilly = Really
    You Guys = Youins (pronounced yinz)
    Babushka = Bandanna
    Chippedtam = very thinly sliced ham
    Dahn tahn = Down Town
    Gumbans = Rubber bands
    Gutchies = Underware
    Jaggoff = Jerk
    Jimmies = Ice Cream Sprinkles
    Jumbo = Baloney
    Pop = Soda pop
    Redd up = straighten up (your room)
    Sammiches = Sandwiches
    Slippy = Slippery
    Spicket = Sink Tap
    Stillers = Stealers

    check out more at the wiki website :)

    we also tend to leave out "to be", as in

    "My car needs washed" as opposed to "My car needs to be washed"

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    Pittsburgh Left

    by jls274 Written Jul 25, 2007

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    Often, when driving, you will come to a stop light, which turns green and before you go forward a car in the oncoming lane turns left, or pauses to allow you to turn left.

    You don't have to do this- just be aware that it's often done.

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    Pittsburghese

    by VeronicaG Updated Feb 6, 2007

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    Since most people comment on this peculiar trait of Pittsburgers, I could not do a page on this area without commenting, as well.

    There are some individuals from this area who sometimes speak a slangy dialect referred to as Pittsburghese.

    First, you have to understand that Pittsburgh is made up of various nationalities, such as Scotch-Irish, Central and Eastern Europeans and German for the most part. My family originated from Poland. Some think it's this combination that contributes to our quirky language.

    Pittsburghese contains such slang as "yunz" or "yinz" which can be compared to the Texan "you-all". Other common slang: dahntann (downtown); red up (clear the table). A booklet has even been published containing typical words used in the area, which leaves Pittsburghers in stitches!

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