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Friend Jo reminded me of this Yorkism this weekend… If you’re a Yorker, which is right: A) Hamburger barbecue B) Hamburg barbecue C) Sloppy Joe And, is there a difference between these three things? Discuss. My “correct” answer to come later this week. (By the way… if you search on

My newest staffer, Matt, moved up here from Baltimore this year … so he finds Yorkisms all the time. So many of them go right past me – they’re just the way I’ve always said things, so I don’t even notice. But the one he pointed out to me recently

Here’s a Yorkism that, for some reason, has cropped up a lot in conversations I’ve heard lately. It’s especially appropriate for summer – you know, time for road trips. Windows down, stereo up, maybe playing your favorite song. But what happens when you ask a Yorker how to get somewhere?

Wow, I’ve become a forum for debate! I’m actually pretty stoked about this! I had been pretty willing to go along with Beau’s claim that “redd up” was Pittsburgh-ese. But, Jo made a good point: Nope, we’re not quit finished with redd-up. I was born in Juniata Co.–45 mins. n.

I got a few more suggestions for names of grandparents. Marie Elena suggested Gram and Pop. Mary reminded me of Omah and Opah… I shouldn’t have forgotten that one, my nephew has an “Oma” and an “Opa”! Their family has a very German heritage, so that’s no surprise, I guess.

Possibly an authoritative source on redding up‘s origins comes to us from commenter Beau: “Wikipedia gives it to Pittsburgh and Western PA (and as a Butler County native, so would I),” he writes. Interestingly, I found a Pittsburgh winery that makes a Redd-Up Redd wine, adding even more credence to

Remember my challenge on how to say certain words if you’re a Yorker? Things like suite, milk, irons, wash, clothes, water, roof and Roots (the auction/flea market in Lancaster County) all take on a different tone if you’re from around here. Even our grocery store – Weis – has a