Once a Pennsylvanian, ALWAYS a Pennsylvanian!
You've never referred to Philadelphia as anything but 'Philly' and New Jersey has always been ' Jersey'
You refer to Pennsylvania as 'PA' (pronounced Pee-ay). How many other states do that?
'You guys' is a perfectly acceptable reference to a group of men and women
You know how to respond to the question 'Djeetyet?' (Didyoueatyet?)
You learned to pronounce Bryn Mawr, Wilkes-Barre, Schuylkill, the Pocono's, Tamaqua, Tunkannock, Bala Cynwyd, Duquesne and Monongahela.
And we know Lancaster is pronounced Lank aster, not Lan kaster.
You know what a 'Mummer' is, and are disappointed if you can't catch at least highlights of the parade.
You can use the phrase 'fire hall wedding reception' and not even bat an eye.
You can't go to a wedding without hearing the 'Chicken Dance,' at least one polka and either an Italian song (sung in Italian,) or 'Hava Nagila.'
At least five people on your block have electric 'candles' in all or most of their windows all year long.
You know what a 'State Store' is, and your out-of-state friends find it incredulous that you
can't purchase liquor at the mini-mart.
You own only 4 condiments: salt, pepper, mustard and ketchup.
Words like 'hoagie,' 'crick,' 'chipped ham', 'sticky buns,' 'shoo-fly pie,' 'lemon sponge pie', 'pierogies' and 'pocketbook' actually mean something to you.
You can eat cold pizza (even for breakfast) and know others who do the same. (those from NY find this 'barbaric.')!
You not only have heard of Birch Beer, but you know it comes in several colors: Red, White, Brown, Gold.
You know several places to purchase or that serve Scrapple and you can eat a cold soft pretzel from a street vendor without fear and enjoy it.
You know the difference between a cheese steak and a pizza steak sandwich, and know that you can't get a really good one out side PA, except Atlantic City on the boardwalk.
You live for summer, when street and county fairs signal the beginning of funnel cake season. Customers ask the waitress for 'dippy eggs' for breakfast.
You know what a township, borough, and commonwealth is.
You can identify drivers from New York , New Jersey , Maryland or other neighboring states by their unique and irritating driving habits.
You carry jumper cables in your car and your female passengers know how to use them.
You still keep kitty litter, starting fluid, de-icer, or a snowbrush in your trunk, even if you now live in the south.
Driving is always better in winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
As a kid you built snow forts and leaf piles that were taller than you were!
Your graduating class consisted of mostly Polish, German, and Italian names.
You know beer doesn't grow in a garden but you know where to find a beer garden.
You also know someone who lives 'down the lane'.
You actually understand all this and send it on to other Pennsylvanians or former Pennsylvanians!
YEAH ! ! THAT'S 'PA' AND WE LOVE IT
And send it to people that never lived in PA and confuse Them
Submitted by Pasadena Phil