Definition: dumplings of unleavened dough, first boiled, then they are baked or fried usually in butter with onions – traditionally stuffed with potato filling , sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit. Commonly associated with Pittsburgh.

Example: Nobody makes a pierogi like a Pittburgher!

…At a Pittsburgh Pirates home game, we have something called the “Great Pierogi Race” where four contestants race in pierogi costumes. It is a hometown favorite.

Also, Pierogies can be found outside of Pittsburgh, they aren’t just exclusive to us. However, not everyone knows about them! Story time! My friend lives in Boston and she came down to visit for a weekend. She did not know what a pierogi was and never had one before. They don’t have them up in Boston, at least not in any places she’s gone (and she lived in the city her entire life!)

Call Me Maybe - Steelers Training Camp 2012 (by SteelersDigest)

This is beautiful

"Giahn’ Iggle" "Giant Eagle"

Definition: A grocery/pharmacy chain in Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas.

Example: Ah’m goin dahn to da Giahn Iggle to buy some chipped ham.

…Right now I’m currently out east in Easton PA (literally the other side) and out here they have a Giant. It just isn’t the same.

Check it Aht

If any of you wonderful people are interested in what I do in real life outside of this Pittsburghese blog, I created another blog to help showcase some of my work.

In real life, I am an animator and character designer. On the side I paint glass and write young adult stories that I one day hope to publish.

So, if anyone wants to see more of the person behind the Pittsburghese blog, check it out http://alicatart.tumblr.com/

I’m still getting things set up, but expect more animations and character art soon!

That’s all for now! I look forward to continue providing yunz with Pittsburghese.

"Scroll Hill" "Squor H’l"

Definition: Squirrel Hill, a residential neighborhood in the east end of Pittsburgh. Home of children’s television host Fred Rogers.

Example: Scroll Hill is a nice place to be!

…I’ve been there a few times. Driving can be an adventure, but then again, I’m from the South Hills.


If you are a Pittsburgher, you know what that means! Time to insert a Sid Crosby picture in!

By the way, thank you all for following Pittsburghese!

As always, I am 100% open to suggestions on words and themes for this tumblr. I want yunz to have a say in what words go up! This is a tumblr made by a Pittsburgher for Pittsburghers (and anyone who loves our interesting lingo in general).

So if there’s a Pittsburghese word, phrase, name, nickname, place that yunz really want to see, send me a message! Or submit a word (Make sure to at least include a definition and an example of the word)! Of course, with submits I will always do a check on the word before posting. Or if you want a particular theme for a week (baseball nicknames, players - Places in Pittsburgh), send me a message saying so! I want to make this tumblr as fun and enjoyable for yunz as it could be!

Thanks again for all of the follows! Yunz are great!


Definition: Flower.

Example: I went aht an’ got some flohrs.

… I have heard this said this way more than you can imagine. You know you’re a true Pittsburgher when you constantly speak with a relaxed jaw.


This just made me smile.



This just made me smile.

Forbes Field

Definition: A baseball park that stood from 1909 to 1971. It was home to the Pirates, the first home of the Steelers, and the home of the Pitt Panthers.

Example: Ah remember going to Forbes to watch some of the games.

… The Pirates won three World Series at Forbes. The Pitt Panthers had five undefeated seasons here. A ceremony is held every October 13th at the outfield wall in Oakland, where Bill Mazeroski’s famous home run ball was hit. People gather and listen to a taped broadcast of the 1960 World Series.

"Face Rag"

Definition: Wash Cloth

Example: Yunz better wipe yunz hands with a face rag before supper!

…Definitely heard this term with some of the older generation of Pittsburghers.