Even though both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh belong to the same Pennsylvania family, their culture and slang couldn’t be further apart.
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have long disputed over sports teams, convenience stores, and language. Yet, even though both cities belong to the same PA family, their ways of life and slang couldn’t be more different. Here are a few examples:
1. Developments vs. Plans
In the suburbs of Philadelphia, this is what’s known as a development. But in Pittsburgh’s suburbs, they only know this as a plan.
2. Thorn Bush vs. Jagger Bush
In Philly, this trap of nature is called a thorn bush, because it has thorns on it – makes sense. In Pitt, this is a jagger bush. Let me know.
3. Hair Ties vs. Gum Band
These little gems are notorious for leaving welts on your wrist and snapping just when you need them most. In Philly, we call them hair ties, but Pitt would ask if anyone had a spare gum band.
4. Sweeper vs. Vacuum
Okay here’s a wild one for ya – those who hail from the Eastern half of the state know this to be a sweeper. Whereas the Western half of the state uses a broom to sweep and a vacuum to… well, to vacuum.
5. Hoagie vs. Sub
Ah, the best sandwich of them all: the hoagie (for us Philadelphians). But in Pitt, and most of the rest of America for that matter, they incorrectly dub this sandwich a sub.
6. Convenience Stores
And where would one get a hoagie from? None other than Wawa, the best convenience store in America. Sorry to all my Sheetz fans out in Pittsburgh, but nothing – and I mean nothing – can beat Hoagiefest .
7. Red Up vs. Tidy Up
Here’s one that blew my mind: to red up. If you’re from Pitt, you probably read this and thought “no yeah okay, my mom asked me to do that yesterday”. However, if you’re from Philly, you’re probably still staring at the screen in angered confusion. Ponder no more my friend: to “red up” means to tidy up. As in “…like you tell Ulla – tidy oop!” (The Producers)
8. Shopping Cart vs. Buggy
While we can all agree that the real importance of this basket on wheels in sneaking snacks into the bottom and hoping your mom doesn’t see, its name is still up to debate. In Philly, what you see is what you get; here we have a shopping cart. But Pittsburgh gets a little more creative in naming this a buggy.