It is a wonderful place and in this post, I alluded to the fact that it has a language all its own. It is called Pittsburghese.
I never thought I had any kind of accent until the day my friend Heather called me when we were living in Rhode Island and said, “Susan! I just heard a caller on Regis and Kathie Lee and she sounded EXACTLY like you!” It turns out that the caller was from my hometown and she did sound just like me!
Steelers = “Stillers”
Downtown = “Dahntahn”
Speaking of house, it is pronounced “hause.”
Did you eat yet? No, did you? = “JeetJet? Nodju?”
Pittsburgh = “Pixburg”
Giant Eagle (a local grocery store) = “Jynt Igle”
Out = “aht”
Northside = “Norseside”
She makes me say “iron” then collapses into a fit of giggles every time.
And…my all-time favorite:
You all = “Yinz”