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How To Speak NEPA – Prep for the Scranton, PA Retro Roadside Meet-up – Heyna!

Posted on: October 7, 2010


My dear pal and Retro Roadmap Reporter Aubs forwarded this video to me so I could be prepared linguistically for the Retro Roadmap / Roadside Fans meet-up in Scranton next month. I had noticed a few of these NEPAisms* on my initial scouting of the area, but now I’ll know what they actually mean. Join me in some silly lunch-time fun and learn HEYNA!

(*NorthEast PennsylvaniA)

Since I’m from Boston and we also have a distinctive accent and phrasing, I can totally relate to this. It’s wicked funny! I love regionalisms, they’re like the independently-owned local way of saying things 🙂

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  • LOL … this is great … and SO true.

    I might have to film a South Central PA version 🙂

  • Aubs

    “the independently-owned local way of saying things”

    SO great! 🙂

    • Well it kinda is! If you think about it, removing geographically unique ways of saying things so we all use the same boring phrases is kinda like putting beige stucco all over the way you talk. And geez louise, that’s wicked lame!

  • Pretty funny. My mom’s mom grew up in Berwick, PA. Because her family was Italian, I don’t think they adopted all of the intricacies of the dialect, but I definitely know the word “doopah” from her! Another different pronounciation she had was instead of saying “window” she’d say, “windle”. I can only assume the blame goes to NEPA!

    • I love those little quirks of language that harken back to where you grew up- I’m in Mass for the weekend so I’m sure many of mine will coming back to me. Wicked sure it’s gonna happen 😉

  • WashneyGrace

    I was born and raised in NEPA, and when I went to Philly for college, the people there automatically knew I was from NEPA, because of the accent. We say budder, instead of butter, and youse guys is one of the worst. Where I grew up, I lived in West Wyoming, by the Susquehanna, so everyone would add a little hiss at the end of an s, and th’s and h’s were difficult to pronounce Trust me, if you come from NEPA, everyone will know.

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