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Philadelphia slang and terminology is words normally affiliated with the City of Philadelphia, its surrounding counties, and South Jersey.

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  • (The) 215: The area code for Philadelphia and its northern suburbs. "Yeah, I'm representing the 215!"[1]
  • (The) 700 Level: The cheap seats located in Veterans Stadium, high atop the Vet.[1] The 700 Level fans were known for their rowdiness and violent behavior, especially against opposing fans. The 700 Level fans were stereotyped as more blue collar and working class Eagles fans.[2][3]The term "700 Level Mentality" is used to describe hardcore fanatical mentality of many Philadelphia sports fans.[4][5]

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  • The Ben: The Ben Franklin Bridge (To camden, NJ)
  • Big Ben: Ben Franklin[4]
  • Billy Penn: William Penn (and the associated Billy Penn Curse)[5]
  • (The) Birds: The Philadelphia Eagles.[6]
  • Blue Route: I-476 between Chester and the Pennsylvania Turnpike (See Northeast Extension).[7] The Blue Route got its name from the color of ink used to draw the proposed route for the "Mid-County Expressway" (its official name). A red route and a green route were also proposed, but the Blue route is the one that was actually constructed.
  • Boo Birds: Philly fans who boo the home team (usually the Eagles) whenever they are not performing well.[8] "Another three-and-out? Here come the boo birds..."
  • Broad Street Bullies: The Philadelphia Flyers.[9] First came into play in 1970s, when they won back-to-back Stanley Cups. Name came from the fact that they play on Broad Street, and their "goons" (most notably Dave Schultz and Bob Kelly) would frequently attack opposing players, making them "bullies". This term is also associated with Flyers fans due to their rowdiness and aggression towards opposing fans.

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  • Harry the K: Harry Kalas, announcer for the Philadelphia Phillies.[15]
  • Hoagie: A sandwich, consisting of a long bread filled with lunchmeats, cheeses, and vegetables. What would be referred to as a "sub" in other parts of the country. The term originated in Philadelphia.[10][11][12]

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  • Jawn, Jawnt, or Joint: Noun that is used in casual conversation to describe any person, place, or especially a thing. The slang term is often pronounced as "jawn" or "jawnt," but is most likely a corruption of the word "joint." [13][14][15][16][17]
  • Judy Garland Park: Officially named Schuylkill Park, a well-known outdoor gay cruising area at the edge of Center City, at the Schuylkill River waterfront between Locust and Lombard Streets[18]

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  • K & A: Area of Northeast Philadelphia encompassing the Kensington and Allegheney sections [19][20]
  • Kenzo: Nickname for a section of Lower Northeast Philadelphia (called Kensington) or a person who is from and/or lives in that neighborhood.[21]

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  • Lager: If you order a Lager in or around Philadelphia without specifying a brand, you'll usually get Yuengling.
  • The Lakes: FDR Park. Located in the very south end of South Philadelphia.[22][23]
  • The Linc: Lincoln Financial Field (Eagles home stadium).[24][25]
  • LOVE Park: J.F.K. Plaza, site of the famous "LOVE" sculpture.[26]

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  • Tastypie: A Tastykake pie.
  • Tweaker: smut, ho, tramp, skank
  • True or True Dat: oh, yes, or ok

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  • Yo: A traditional Philadelphia greeting. Or, a way to get someone's attention. Common among all types of Philadelphians, including Italian Americans.[33][34][35]
  • Youse: You all (you plural), you guys.
  • Yunk or Manny: Nickname for Manayunk, a neighborhood in Philadelphia near Roxborough.

ReferencesEdit

  1. O'Neal, Sean. City Paper, 14 October 2004. "The Tables Have Turned". Accessed 7 April 2008.
  2. Cover Story
  3. USATODAY.com - Philadelphia fans say they'll miss the Vet
  4. Philadelphia sports landmark demolished in 62 seconds - Sports
  5. Longman, Jere. If Football's a Religion, Why Don't We Have a Prayer?: Philadelphia, Its Faithful, and the Eternal Quest for Sports Salvation
  6. http://books.google.com/books?id=Ipl7jd85UoUC&pg=PA154&lpg=PA154&dq=philadelphia+chink+handball&source=bl&ots=6AViDJrSYi&sig=nEXJvBRRoQeHXMK7E8R04I5Uh-Q&hl=en&ei=SJOzSrfbE4jVlAepwY2XDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4#v=onepage&q=philadelphia%20chink%20handball&f=false
  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WlFn3Phmcs
  8. "Montgomery County Commissioners to Unveil New Video Monitoring Capability for Area Highways". Montgomery County Press Release. April 13, 2004. http://www2.montcopa.org/montco/cwp/view,a,11,Q,1191.asp. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  9. Eames, Edwin and Howard Robboy. American Speech, Vol. 42, No. 4. "The Submarine Sandwich: Lexical Variations in a Cultural Context"
  10. Kenneth Finkel, ed., Philadelphia Almanac and Citizen’s Manual, (Philadelphia: The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1995) page 86.
  11. "Philly Via Italy", thirtyfourthstreetmagazine, April 17, 2007, page 9.
  12. "The Submarine Sandwich: Lexical Variations in a Cultural Context," Eames & Robboy, American Speech, Vol. 42, No. 4 (Dec., 1967), pp. 279-288
  13. The Bar Car Is Rocking - New York Times
  14. The Jawn - vol. 3 - September, 2002 ::: squarebiz.org
  15. :::Philebrity…media, culture, music and more:::
  16. Bronx Rap » Freeway - Free At Last / Reviewed by Serge Deff
  17. Letters - philadelphia weekly online
  18. Gross, Michael Joseph. The Atlantic Online, August 2000. The Queen is Dead. Accessed 25 March 2008.
  19. Welcome to the Chestnut Hill Local
  20. War of the Words :: Philadelphia City Paper. 25 Years of Independent Journalism
  21. Kenzo Filmz: Home Page
  22. unsigned. 5 January 1852, New York Times. "Railroad to the Lakes". Accessed 3 April 2008.
  23. Thompson, Mary Jane. undated, South Philadelphia Review "Building an Experience". Cited at Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory - South Philadelphia Review. Accessed 3 April 2008.
  24. Philadelphia Will Do, "Good Lateral Vibrations", Philadelphia Weekly, October 10, 2006. Accessed 3 April 2008.
  25. Rincon, Sonia. undated, [[KYW (AM)|]]. "Fans Call Ramps at Linc 'Unstable'". Accessed 3 April 2008.
  26. *LOVE Park from ushistory.org in Philadelphia.
  27. Vasoli, Bradley. The Bulletin, 30 October 2007. "Castor: Dems Will Turn Montco Into Philadelphia". Accessed 7 April 2008.
  28. O'Neil, Dana Pennett. Philadelphia Daily News, 10 December 2008. "Villanova - 'Nova passes history test". Accessed 7 April 2008.
  29. PENN: Philadelphia. Accessed 9 April 2008.
  30. Philadelphia Will Do
  31. The Dirty Dozen - philadelphia weekly online
  32. WTF is the Wu Tang Dance? : The Couch Sessions
  33. Sorry, New York, 'Yo' Was Born in Philadelphia - New York Times
  34. How they Talk in Philadelphia
  35. Dalzell, Tom (1996). Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang. Springfield, Massachusetts: Merriam Webster. ISBN 0-87779-612-2. 

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