Once upon a time, in a city loaded with fabulous sports teams, there was a special dialect that was spoken. If you are not from the city, that is actually pretty much a commonplace you may not really understand the crazed dialect you are about to here. People that are born and bred in Pittsburgh, speak a special ‘Pittsburghese” and as part of the Pittsburghese, those that speak it have a word that is near and dear to their heart. I am Kallie, born and bred in Pittsburgh, and while I can’t say I have used the word ‘Yinz’ I can say I know where to find a Yinzer Tee, that I can proudly wear around the City of Pittsburgh!
My gram used to crack me up, when she would say YINZ, I loved her so. We used to talk about Buggies versus carts, and all the words that are flung around in Pittsburgh, like Rubber bands are gumbands and soda is pop, you have to live her to ‘get it!’ Gram had lived here her whole life and she would tell us all the words! Now that I have grown up, I hear it all the time, and you now we Pittsburghers love our ‘Samwhiches’ ! While I am hardly the expert, I will tell you I live here and love this great city and all it has to offer! Now you may need a word to compare Yinz to? Here’s a great example….
Think of the Southern dialects you hear and then consider if you will the word ‘Y’all’. The word is fairly common and accepted as Southern Twang. Now add that saucy Southern Twang to the city of Pittsburgh, dress it up a bit and say ‘You Uns’ – it is pretty much the a non-contraction word that is known as YINZ. IT is the second person plural. Now you get what a YINZER tee is for. Want to know a whole lot more about Pittsburghese? Read up right on their Website!
Where To Find A Yinzer Tee
I found my Tee at Homage, in fact they have a special PITTSBURGH Retro section. Now You know Where To Find A Yinzer Tee. The tees are fun, comfortable and fit really true to size. I have washed and worn mine over and over. Honestly there is never a day when someone sees me with my Yinzer Tee on and asks me Where to Find A Yinzer tee. Make sure to check out that website so you too will know where to find a Yinzer tee.
See Yinz when you visit Pittsburgh~
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