Do You Redd Up Where You Live? Who uses this Pittsburghese? for more information about School of Art Billboard(s) click here Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSkypePinterestTumblrWhatsAppLike this:Like Loading... May 2, 2010May 2, 2010 by Ruth Categories: Night Light in the CityTags: Alissa Osial Artist, available light, Bigelow Boulevard, Carnegie Mellon University, city scene, College of Fine Arts, Fine Art Major, light, night, photography, Pittsburgh, Pittsburghese, Polish Hill, School of Art Billboards, Warhol Museum, welcome to Pittsdburgh 5 Comments
Many years ago when we lived on Rosemoor Street, I told a neighbor (she wasn’t from Pittsburgh obviously) that I was going in to redd up. Linda – the neighbor – said, “Toni, sometimes I just can’t understand you!” I was surprised because I thought I was very clear in my speaking — guess not!!! Then we discussed the old pop/soda, gum band/rubber band/, etc., etc. I’m sure yinz all know those! Still can’t get Mike to stop saying – yinz. It has some ethnic origin – can’t remember what, though.
Anywhere you go people are passionate about their regional phrases. In Milwaukee, someone asked if I knew where the “time machine” was. I thought they were crazy. They were saying Tyme machine, like a bank. Also, they call water fountains “bubblers”
Haven’t redd up in a long time. I still can’t get over how total strangers will ask me if I’m from Pittsburgh. They tell me it is the flow of my voice that gives my birthplace away. I do remember the first time I asked my husband to get me a gum band. Yinz figure it out for me.
this is priceless
Hahaha….I don’t think I understood any of the above comments!! But I liked the photo, Ruthie!