1. Eagles

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Philadelphia Eagles Fan Club via Facebook

What it means everywhere else: America’s favorite symbol of patriotism.
What it means in Philly: Philadelphia’s favorite football team.

2. Wawa

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User zzellers

What it means everywhere else: A toddler demanding water.
What it means in Philly: A convenient store/gas station that every Philadelphian is addicted to.

3. Phillies

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User Mobilus In Mobili

What it means everywhere else: Cheap cigars often found at gas stations and convenient stores.
What it means in Philly: The local Major League Baseball team, famous nationwide for their mascot, Phillie Phanatic.

4. Cheesesteak

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User Phil Denton (cropped)

What it means everywhere else: A slab of steak with cheese on it.
What it means in Philly: The best type of sandwich coming out of Philadelphia, consisting of sliced steak, cheese, and sometimes a mix of sautéed onions and peppers.

5. Whiz

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User dpstyles

What it means everywhere else: A not-so-adult way to say “to urinate.”
What it means in Philly: A quick way of ordering cheese whiz on top of a Philly cheesesteak.

6. Wit

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User Onetotheworld

What it means everywhere else: Mental sharpness.
What it means in Philly: A simple way of ordering sautéed onions on top of a cheesesteak, the local pronunciation of “with.”

7. Youse

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User louisephython

What it means everywhere else: The action of interacting with something to achieve an intended purpose, spelled “use.”
What it means in Philly: A way of referring to someone instead of just saying “you” local to Philly, similar to the regional use of “y’all.”

8. Scrapple

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User y2bk (cropped)

What it means everywhere else: Misspelling of a famous board game involving words.
What it means in Philly: A mixture of pork scraps, cornmeal, and spices formed into a loaf and eaten.

9. Water Ice

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User richarscott

What it means everywhere else: Two different physical stages of H2O.
What it means in Philly: Regional slang for Italian Ice, sometimes blended with custard.

10. Beer Distributor

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User aldenjewell

What it means everywhere else: Someone that takes beer to all of the bars and liquor stores around the country.
What it means in Philly: Due to strange local laws, the type of store that’s the best place to buy a case of beer in Philly.

11. Rocky

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User Ken Lund

What it means everywhere else: A place with a lot of rocks.
What it means in Philly: Reference to the fictional hometown hero, Rocky Balboa.

12. Jersey Shore

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User tiffanyjarrettphotography

What it means everywhere else: The land of Guidos made famous by MTV’s show of the same title.
What it means in Philly: A series of great beaches that Philadelphians frequent on the warm days of summer.

13. Flyers

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User neat1325

What it means everywhere else: Cheap promotional signs often hung or handed out
What it means in Philly: The local Major League Hockey team

14. Mummer

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User iriskh

What it means everywhere else: Someone who is an expert planter of mums.
What it means in Philly: A troupe of elaborately decorated actors and musicians that hold a parade in Philly on New Year’s Day.

15. Mutter

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Mutter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia via Facebook

What it means everywhere else: To speak quietly making it difficult for others to hear what was said.
What it means in Philly: The Mutter Museum, filled with tons of weird, sometimes gruesome medical oddities.

16. CHOP

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User jfantenb

What it means everywhere else: To cut or slice something, often wood for kindling or onions for cheesesteaks.
What it means in Philly: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

17. Penn

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: The Penn Quakers via Facebook

What it means everywhere else: A writing utensil that’s much more permanent than a pencil.
What it means in Philly: The University of Pennsylvania, the local Ivy League school and home of the Quakers.

18.Jawn

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User Riebart

What it means everywhere else: A toilet, spelled “john.”
What it means in Philly: A word used in the place of pretty much any noun. Ex: When asking for a something, one could say: “Someone pass me that jawn!”

19. Badlands

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User david_jones

What it means everywhere else: National park in South Dakota full of awesome rocks.
What it means in Philly: A section of North Philly known for its abundance of drug markets and violence in the 80s and 90s.

20. Jimmies

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User Ian.Kobylanski

What it means everywhere else: A group of men who all happened to be named Jimmy (a casual way to refer to a group of men all named Jonathan).
What it means in Philly: Sprinkles, often those that top ice cream.

21. Roots

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User jurvetson

What it means everywhere else: The part of a plant that’s hidden underground essential for collecting nutrients.
What it means in Philly: A popular band from Philly currently featured on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, famous for songs like “The Seed” and “The Fire.”

22. Frazier

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User ToonariPost – A New Mash Up

What it means everywhere else: A popular show from the 90’s starring Kelsey Grammer.
What it means in Philly: Smokin’ Joe Frazier, an Olympic boxer and Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion that retired in Philly.

23. Sub

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User The Marmot

What it means everywhere else: A sandwich loaded with Italian meats and cheese.
What it means in Philly: … Oh, you mean a Hoagie? Because a “sub” is someone who fills in for your middle school teacher when he or she is sick.

24. Gravy

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User mhaller1979 (cropped)

What it means everywhere else: A thick breakfast condiment made with meat juice and a thickening agent.
What it means in Philly: Red pasta sauce, often featuring several meats.

25. Philly

25 Words That Mean Something Different In Philadelphia

Source: Flickr User R’lyeh Imaging

What it means everywhere else: A young female horse too young to be a mare.
What it means in Philly: The best city in America, home to a vibrant culture, tons of history, and some amazing food.


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