How to talk like a Noo Yawka

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Anonymous

Sharon Springs, NY

#1 Jan 28, 2014
How to pass for one of us so you don’t get taken, laughed at, or beat up:

1. It might be spelled like the city in Texas, but we don’t say “Houston,” we say “How-stin.” If you ask a cabbie to take you to “Houston” he may drive you cross-country — with the meter running.

2. A bagel with a schmeer means just that: A plain bagel with a thick blanket of cream cheese.

3. If the middle light is out on the call light atop a cab, it means it’s occupied. Put your hand down.

4. If you start waving around like a crazed cheerleader for a cab, they’ll know you’re a tourist and take you the seven blocks to your destination via the GWB.

5. Pineapple on pizza is a mortal sin. Don’t do it. End of discussion.

6. A classic New York treat is an egg cream. It has neither eggs nor cream. It’s just chocolate milk with seltzer. And it’s delicious.

7. When ordering coffee at an outdoor cart, it’s “light,”“black” or “regular.” You can add “sweet” if you like sugar. You are even permitted to say “5 sugars,” or whatever. Nothing more is required. Period.

8. You can pay $10 for a cronut at a fancy bakery or you can pay a buck fifty for a donut and a croissant at Dunkin’ Donuts and smush them together. Up to you.

9. Our new traffic lanes are designed so that if you get out of a car on the left, you’ll get run down by a bike, and if get out on the right you’ll get run down by a car. Take the damned subway, OK?

10. If you ask for a blueberry bagel you might get beat up.

11. If you go to Little Italy and say “fuhgeddaboudit” you should get beat up.

12. Listen up: It’s pronounced “soda”— not “sowdaa.” Who talks like that?

13. No one calls Sixth Avenue “Avenue of the Americas.” No one.

Egg creams are so yummy, you should really try it!

“... puttin on ...”

Since: Aug 08

... da union suit ...

#2 Jan 28, 2014
... if you can talk a woman inta givein ya a spitzer ...
Anonymous

Sharon Springs, NY

#3 Jan 28, 2014
14. Front steps to a building are called stoops.
15. Corner stores are bodegas.
16. New Yorkers stand "on line" instead of "in line."
17. Six and a half avenue does exist! It's a pedestrian avenue between sixth and seventh avenues, running from west 57th to west 51st street.
18. Malcolm X avenue in Manhattan is usually just called Lenox avenue.
19. If someone says "Duffy square", they mean the northern triangle of Times Square, between 45 and 47th streets.
20. Avenue C and Loisaida avenue in Manhattan are the same avenue in Alphabet city.
Anonymous

Sharon Springs, NY

#4 Jan 28, 2014
21. Potsy means the game of hopscotch.
22. A kill means a small river or stream.
23. Dungarees means jeans.
24. Catty corner- on an angle to a corner.
25. It's grand central terminal, not station.
26. Stations usually bear a street name and neighborhood name. Examples are Times Square-42nd and 68th street-Hunter College.
27. "Kings highway station" could mean one of three stations that share the name, all in Brooklyn. There is the Kings highway station BMT Brighton line, IND Culver line, or BMT sea beach line.
28. Schlep means to carry something for a long distance, or slang for a stupid or clumsy person.
29. Snuff- New York street word that means "to punch." So if somebody says they are gonna snuff you, I would run away.
30. "Going crosstown" or "drive crosstown" means going from East to West or vice versa in Manhattan.

“Truth + context + perspective”

Since: Nov 09

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#5 Jan 28, 2014
Anonymous wrote:
21. Potsy means the game of hopscotch.
22. A kill means a small river or stream.
23. Dungarees means jeans.
24. Catty corner- on an angle to a corner.
25. It's grand central terminal, not station.
26. Stations usually bear a street name and neighborhood name. Examples are Times Square-42nd and 68th street-Hunter College.
27. "Kings highway station" could mean one of three stations that share the name, all in Brooklyn. There is the Kings highway station BMT Brighton line, IND Culver line, or BMT sea beach line.
28. Schlep means to carry something for a long distance, or slang for a stupid or clumsy person.
29. Snuff- New York street word that means "to punch." So if somebody says they are gonna snuff you, I would run away.
30. "Going crosstown" or "drive crosstown" means going from East to West or vice versa in Manhattan.
Thank youse for the 4-1-1, Anon.
Anonymous

Sharon Springs, NY

#6 Jan 28, 2014
Youse is Philadelphia not New York, JS
Anonymous

Sharon Springs, NY

#7 Jan 29, 2014
31. The neighborhood acronyms- DUMBO (down under manhattan bridge overpass), Nomad (north of Madison square park), SOHO, NOHO (south/north of Houston street), TriBeCa (triangle below Canal street), Nolita (north of little Italy).

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Since: Nov 12

Greensburg, IN

#8 Jan 29, 2014
Anonymous I'll have to say that was informative and entertaining!
N0t that 'i'll ever =actually= need to know. Me and big cities don't get along,
that's why I left Cincy.
You can take the boy out of the country but he'll find his way back.
Instinct!!!((( which is better than knowledge anytime )))
Anonymous

Sharon Springs, NY

#9 Jan 29, 2014
Thanks. Give me some time and I will have some new ones.
Ova Heea

Medford, NY

#10 Jan 29, 2014
If a word ends in an "R", do not pronounce it.
Anonymous

Sharon Springs, NY

#11 Jan 29, 2014
In older generations of New Yorkers, girl was said "goil", and oil was said "erl." That is no longer prevalent in most New Yorkers.

“Truth + context + perspective”

Since: Nov 09

informs against BS

#12 Jan 29, 2014
Anonymous wrote:
Youse is Philadelphia not New York, JS
And?

I knew a guy from Lancaster County, PA. He used 'youse' frequently. Knew another guy from Bahston, Mass who liked his frappes [milkshakes].

I repeat, your low-down is helpful (and amusing as well).
Hazel Knutt

Medford, NY

#13 Jan 29, 2014
My Mother in law pronounces almond as "ammin"......Can't stand it.
Anonymous

Sharon Springs, NY

#14 Jan 29, 2014
I say frappé only when I refer to a McDonald's frappé, otherwise I say a shake or milkshake
Anonymous

Sharon Springs, NY

#15 Jan 30, 2014
Another good one is saying "Joisey." That is no longer prevalent either, though.

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#16 Jan 30, 2014
I prefer not!

“No. 1 Stunna”

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#17 Jan 30, 2014
Duh

“Greybox Rambler”

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#18 Jan 30, 2014
Turdy turd and turd tweet where yoo pawk yoo cawr in the pawlking lot and go in the baw and have a beeer.

Am I close or is this Jersey???
Da Bird

Medford, NY

#19 Jan 30, 2014
A lot of times they don't even talk, they just use their fingers!!!!
Anonymous

Sharon Springs, NY

#20 Jan 30, 2014
Scarbelly Bob wrote:
Turdy turd and turd tweet where yoo pawk yoo cawr in the pawlking lot and go in the baw and have a beeer.
Am I close or is this Jersey???
Close, but it's spelled differently. It's toidy toid stweet.

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