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22nd-Feb-2008 11:44 pm
So, today I was having a lovely conversation with someone I don't actually know:

Me: I like to play tennis a lot and usually just hang out.
Person: That's cool. Where are you from?
Me: Well, I moved here from Pittsburgh, Pa.
Person: Oh! I'm from the Southwest too!

1st grade geography anyone? Anyone?
27th-Feb-2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Could Person possibly have meant southwestern Pennsylvania?
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27th-Feb-2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
I don't know about you, but I'm from Pittsburgh and we don't just call it "the southwest". It's SWPA.

Wow, I thought I was the only one who did that.
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28th-Feb-2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Its 'swippa' until I have to explain to someone who's not from SWPA what it means. :)

I still say 'souside' instead of Southside. And its still pop. But I refuse to say 'warsh.' :)
29th-Feb-2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
My mom says 'warsh'. Drives me up the wall. (She's from Ohio, and in the area she grew up in 'warsh' is the exception rather than the rule. I'm still not sure where she came up with it.)

Of course, she also says 'leash' like 'lish', to rhyme with 'dish'. Weird.
27th-Feb-2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
Sadly no. Later in the conversation he said he grew up in Maine and just traveled to Savannah, GA this year. Just makes me think that much more about people. Maine - Northeast, Savannah - South East.....he wasn't EVEN close.
28th-Feb-2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
That was my first thought; I've described my hometown in western Mass. as "out west" when in Boston.
27th-Feb-2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
Wow. I'm not American, and even I know that Pennsylvania is not in the Southwest US. (Or indeed southwest anything.)
28th-Feb-2008 03:03 am (UTC)
It's southwest of the...Atlantic Ocean?
28th-Feb-2008 03:20 am (UTC)
more just west, no south. Southwest of um.. Greenland?
27th-Feb-2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
Agh, as someone who grew up on the East Coast and moved to the Southwest I want to smack him. Lucky for you you won't be associating with him again.
27th-Feb-2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
Well I'm from South Western New York, and that's sorta near Pittsburgh.

Yea, that's the ticket.
27th-Feb-2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
Pittsburgh is in the Southwest? Cooool. I'm next door to Arizona now.
28th-Feb-2008 12:18 am (UTC)
curious about that icon...
28th-Feb-2008 12:22 am (UTC)
Short form: Autism Speaks doesn't actually like it when autistic people speak.
28th-Feb-2008 12:23 am (UTC)
i see.
28th-Feb-2008 05:48 am (UTC)
You've got me intrigued ... might there be a long form floating around somewhere?
28th-Feb-2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
http://community.livejournal.com/asperger/tag/autism+speaks for a couple examples. Read the comments for the full effect.
28th-Feb-2008 03:34 am (UTC)
Pittsburgh is in the Southwest? Cooool. I'm next door to Arizona now.

Well, Pittsburgh is in the Southwest. Southwest PA, anyway. Or, at least Pittsburgh is in the southern half of the state. There we go!
28th-Feb-2008 12:11 am (UTC)
May I steal your icon?
28th-Feb-2008 03:22 am (UTC)
When I was doing my student teaching I had 4 classes of 11th grade U.S. history. Out of curiosity, I gave them a blank map of the U.S. and asked them to label the states. They had warning. probably about 50% of them got less than 20 of them right. That's 16/17 year old American students/ Needless to say, this does not shock me.
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28th-Feb-2008 04:53 am (UTC)
Well, I'm sure it's southwest of somewhere........
28th-Feb-2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
Well, there is a Pittsburg, CA (it pains me to not add that 'h' though).

My brother and sister live in California now, and everyone always assumes that they mean the Pittsburgh without an 'h', even if they're wearing a Penguins jersey.
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