If you’re interested in how Burghers are pronouncing caramel or if we refer to our athletic shoes as sneakers or something else, then you’ll want to check out part two of my “Etymology of Pittsburgh” column on PittsburghMagazine.com.
Not only do I delve into sneakers/tennis shoes, you’ll learn the following:
Dibs or shotgun?
Root or rout for route?
Roly poly or potato bug?
This one is crazy because THEY ARE ALL PRONOUNCED THE SAME. My family sat around the dinner table the other night trying our hardest to make “Mary,” “merry,” and “marry” sound different, and we all failed. I thought my father was going to have a stroke trying to do it.
Oh, and speaking of our previous cyoo-pon versus coo-pon debate. Still no clear winner.
I love Ellen. She would SO get a self-united card.