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Be a Yinzer
Want to come off as a true Pittsburgher? Here’s a guide to help you understand some of the words and phrases you might hear being tossed around the PNC Park stands.
Yinzer: A term used to describe an average Pittsburgher.
Pittsburghese: The language spoken by the average Yinzer.
Bir(s): Beer, or, beers.
n’at: A common conjunction used at the end of a sentence meaning ‘and that,’ or ‘among other things.’ Ex: “You wanna go to the Buccos game and get some birs, n’at?”
Jagoff(s): A jagoff(s) is a jerk or a group of jerks. Ex: “The Cardinals have a roster full of jagoffs this year.”
Nebbynose: A person who keeps looking over your shoulder to see how many hot dogs you brought back from the all-you-can-eat section.
Buccos: A nickname for the Pirates.
Ahrn: That’d be ‘Iron.’ The word is Pittsburghese for Pittsburgh Brewing Company’s Iron City Beer.
Church Key: Bottle Opener.
“Kennywood’s open: Although Kennywood is a famous Pittsburgh amusement park, the phrase means that you forgot to zipper back up once you left the bathroom.
“J’eet jet?”: A question, asking did you eat yet. Response: “No, j’ew?”, translated, no, did you?
“Raise the Jorry Roger”: Raising the Jolly Roger, is when the Pirates flag is waved in Left Center field after a win.
“It’s a Burgh thing”: Anything distinctly unique to Pittsburgh.
“Airyago Buccos!”: An Exclamation, when the Pirates do something positive. Translation: “There you go Pirates!”
Just remember to keep these words and phrases in mind while enjoying a game at PNC Park and the local fans may never suspect you of being from Cleveland. Another option: Keep your mouth shut but wear black and gold in any form, preferably a jersey or t-shirt from any Pittsburgh sports team (yes, they all wear black and gold). Don that and you’ll be safe among the Yinzers.