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10 Differences Between People From Pittsburgh and Everyone Else

Pittsburgh Student Work
by Amanda Meyers Mar 6, 2015

1. Every person’s just a yinz to us.

Using words such as “sweep” instead of “vacuum” or “pop” instead of “soda” is commonplace. Yinz is probably the most often referenced Pittsburgh word and yes, everyone does use it — profusely.

2. We think French fries are healthy.

French fries and coleslaw top all Pittsburgh pastrami sandwiches. We might even throw some on a salad. Right, Primanti Brothers?

3. Bring on the clouds; sunlight’s weird.

Pittsburgh is cloudy 200-300 days per year. Only cities like Seattle and Portland beat us out on less sunlight. Whatever.

4. We know how to appreciate a good bridge.

Pittsburgh has 446 bridges just within the city limits, making us the most bridge-filled city in the entire world. Get out of our way, Venice.

5. Some people like to “watch” sports, but we live and breathe them.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have more super bowl wins than any other team in NFL history. In Pittsburgh, if you’re not a fan of the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, or all three — you’re nothing.

6. We’re from the actual Mister Roger’s Neighborhood.

It was filmed here. Fred Rogers grew up riding trolleys through Pittsburgh.

7. We only ice skate near castles.

PPG Place and its castle-like peaks — it’s where we are every winter.

8. We don’t need to shop or eat anywhere other than the Strip.

The Strip District is filled with some of the best international and local restaurants in town. Right off of the Allegheny River, it’s just a small strip of land jam-packed with clothing shops, bars, and locals selling sports gear. That’s all you really need.

9. We never use GPS.

Because they don’t really work here. We have so many bridges — they overlap. A GPS can’t even tell what level of road we’re on.

10. We love Pittsburgh culture, but we want to experience everyone else’s too.

Pittsburgh’s cultural district is home to Heinz Hall, the Benedum Center and the Byham Theatre. We have shows devoted to Asian and African cultures, and there’s an ever-changing display for different cultures in our museums. Plus, we’ve got Meat and Potatoes, which is usually booked weeks in advance because of its culturally-diverse menu. We always get the bone marrow.

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