There’s no mistaking that the city of Philadelphia is unique. As with any unique place it has it’s own special way of communicating. So for those who may be new to the city or visiting for the first time understanding Philadelphia’s translations is invaluable. Here is a list of just a few of the words and phrases, and how they are pronounced Philly-style, that make Philadelphians one of a kind!


The Philadelphia Translator

Wooder– (wo͝od-er) A colorless, odorless, tasteless (although you will enjoy your hometown’s the best most likely), liquid that originates in seas, lakes, rivers, and rain. It is the basis of the fluids of living organisms. Also known in some other regions as “water”

HoagieHoagie– (Hōwe-gē) A type of sandwich that consists of a long roll of bread split widthwise into two pieces and filled with a variety of meats, cheeses, vegetables, and sauces. Also known in other regions as Sub, Submarine, “wedge”, “hero”, “grinder”, “baguette”, “long sandwich”.

Yo– (yē-oh) a greeting, an exclamation, typically the beginning of most sentences. Also known in other regions as “hi”, “hello”, “wow”, “oh my”, “nice”.

How you doing– (hou yew do-in) a greeting, A rhetorical question, not intended to have an answer. Also known another regions as “hi”, “hello”, “good day”.

Youse– (yo͞os) A word used to describe a pair or group of people. Also known as “you”, “you all”, “ya’ll”.


Philly Eagles Mascot Swoop

Eagles– (i-gəls) The professional American football team from Philadelphia. Also known as “choke artists”.

The Linc– (dah liNGk) The stadium where the NFL Eagles play. Also known as Lincoln Financial Field or the new Veteran Stadium. The Vet, may she rest in peace.

Delaware Avenue– (deləwer avə) The name for the main road between the Delaware River and Front Street. The name was changed from Delaware Avenue to Christopher Columbus Boulevard in 1992. No matter how many years pass or the fact that there is a Columbus statue erected near the road it will be forever called Delaware Ave. also known by its real legal name, “Christopher Columbus Boulevard”.


A Frozen Schuylkill River in 2014

Schuylkill– (skoo-kul) 1. name of the river that boarders the west side of Philadelphia. 2. Name of the 4 to 8 lake freeway that serves as the primary corridor into Philadelphia from points west. Also known as “Route 76”, “76”, “the sure kill”, “the Devils highway”.

Jimmies– (ˈjimēz) Small rainbow or chocolate colored bits of sugar that come in various shapes used as toppings for ice cream, cakes, cookies etc… Also known as “sprinkles”


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