So, I saw a tweet this morning that grabbed my attention:
I’m always fascinated by Pittsburghese or Yinzer-Speak, so of course I had to check out this article: Expert says fewer folks use Pittsbughese? Git aht!
I always felt like I was saying “younz” more than “yinz”, but then again, I grew up in the ‘burbs, not the city proper.
I know I’ve heard that it was a contraction of Scottish/Irish origin… a merging of “You ones” (…or “you’uns” neither of which is exactly proper). I think when I was little “Younz” just seemed like a better differentiation between “You” plural, and “You” singular. With “you’unz” there was no confusion!
Other fun Yinzer-Speak websites:
- Wikipedia | Pittsburgh_English
- About.com | Pittsburghese, The Language of Pittsburgh
- Urban Dictionary | Pittsburghese
- Wikipedia | Yinz
- Pittsburgh Speech
- Slanguage | Pittsburgh
And, you need to see this if you find the accent at-all amusing: