Preview: Pittsburghese: From Ahrn to Yinz by the Staff of the Heinz History Center


One of the most distinctive features of Western Pennsylvania is the widespread use of a dialect that we have come to call Pittsburghese. It is not just a peculiar local slang Pittsburghers use, but consists of a unique vocabulary and manner of speaking that has been studied by scholars. Linguists have noted that many of our fascinating words and phrases like "redd up" and "nebby" came to the area with the ScotsIrish in the 1700s. Yet, over 200 years later, it continues to be the dialect that colors the way many of us speak in present-day Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas.
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