Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Pennsylvania Dutch, thru and thru

You know your PA Dutch when:
Your idea of Chicken Pot Pie has nothing to do with a pie and you can't figure out why people might think it would.
Your driving lessons involved learning to avoid horse droppings.
You know at least 5 euphemisms for animal manure and at least 4 of them involve food.
You know how to cook, but not without butter.
You know what a Fire Hall Wedding is
You spend at least 30 minutes every summer day complaining about New Jersey drivers.
You don't understand why people would ever want to see the Amish.
You have ever ended a sentence with "a while".
You do not giggle when you see the following signs:-- Lititz-- Intercourse-- Blue Ball-- Bird-in-Hand-- Mount Joy
You've heard of 7-11 but you've never seen one.
You pronounce Lancaster in "Burt Lancaster" differently from Lancaster in "Lancaster, PA".
Your iced tea is sweeter than Pepsi.
You know that eggs come in either white or brown - and you have a preference
You don't have to be told what Shoo Fly Pie is.
You outen the lights at the end of the day.
You go to the store when the milk is "all".
"Come with?" is a complete sentence.
At times, you utter things like, "Throw over the fence some hay."
The verb "to be" is useless: "Does Fido need out?"
You know what a Turkey Hill is , and you've ditched school to hang out there.
Your wan has vindshield vipers (and so does your station vagon).
Dutch Wonderland is neither Dutch nor much of a Wonderland.
You go out of state just to drive on smooth roads.
You've ordered "dippy eggs" for breakfast.
The Green Dragon ain't no Chinese restaurant.
Bacon drippings are an ingredient for making salad dressing.
You think tourist attractions consist of a pretzel factory, a chocolate factory and an Amish family out for a drive.
You do things "once," as in, "I'll go check in the back room once."
You can stop along the road to buy fruit, vegetables or crafts on the "honor system."
You say things like, "Outen the lights," "I'm calling off today" and "They're calling for snow."
You've heard of distelfinks and hex signs.
You never see any Confederate flags except on the Gettysburg battlefield.
You consider Pittsburgh to be "out west," and you know the fastest way to Philly is the Turnpike.
You call sloppy joes "barbecue."
When it snows, they put cinders on the roads instead of sand.
Words like: gumband, buggie, hoagie, chipped beef, scrapple, actually mean something to you


Abigail S. said...

Now, I know you aren't creative enough to think of all those yourself! Where'd you find it?

And what are the 5 words for manure? I could only think of 2.

Clairissa said...

Can't forget using the word "left" instead of "let," or saying that something was "stuck fast." (What I wanna know is how can something be stuck SLOWLY? I guess it depends on the adhesive being used.)

Oh, oh...I thought of another one. You know you're PA Dutch because you're aware of what WHOOPIE PIES are, and you know it means nothing dirty. HA HA HA (Unless of course you're thinking about the cake part being smashed up against the icing part and WHO KNOWS what they're doing in there before somebody bites them.)

Beth Danae said...

that's funny!

Becky L said...

the thing about PA dutch things is... since i GREW UP with them, i never realized that it wasnt normal. like some of our sayings... like, whats wrong with "stuck fast." or... here's this for ya... the other night i asked andrew to "bring me up a bottle." is that weird? its normal to us, the PA dutch, but what about to outsiders?

Clairissa said...

Yeah me too... I didn't realize that some of those things are weird or "incorrect" until friends or family from out of the area comment about it.

I too would say something like "bring up a bottle" and never think anything of it.

Oh well, every area of the globe has their "things." I'm just glad we don't call soda "pop" around here. That one I find annoying and retarded. HA HA

Abigail S. said...

Hey- you still didn't answer my question about manure. You hate me.

Becky L said...

manure... um... nope, not sure. but i didnt come up with the list, so dont hate me!

Clairissa said...

I thought of cow pie, but nothing else pertaining to food... what others did you guys think of (if any)?