Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Yinzer Song a Hit on Youtube

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Yinzer Song a Hit on Youtube

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Singer and songwriter Ron Romanovsky speaks Pittsburghese and he's not afraid to admit it. He may have left Pittsburgh when he was 19, but whenever he comes back for a visit, it doesn't take long for him to start saying "meer" instead of mirror, "cahch" instead of couch or to invite people to "stawp aht da haus."

On his last visit to Pittsburgh, he teamed up with his longtime friend and fellow musician Janet Pazzynski to produce the music video "Pittsburgh, PA." The song features Mr. Romanovsky singing lyrics with Pittsburghese in every line as familiar Pittsburgh scenes such as the Roberto Clemente Bridge, the Duquesne Incline and the three rivers flash by.

Ms. Pazzynski lives on Observatory Hill in the North Side, and when Mr. Romanovsky approached her about making a video to the song he had written 15 years ago, she knew it had to be filmed on the North Shore.

"The views from the North Shore are just amazing," she said. "There's so much there, you see ... Mr. Rogers and the stadiums and Bill Mazeroski. There was so much there we could use. It really, really, really represents Pittsburgh."

But what is Pittsburgh without the people? Each time Pittsburghese comes up in the song, the video flashes to a Pittsburgher mouthing the words. Ms. Pazzynski makes a few cameos and brought many others into the video.

"I tried to get real people, not somebody pretending to have a Pittsburgh accent," she said. "We just have that lovely whatever it is that we do, and that's what I was trying to have Ron capture and look at."

For non-natives, subtitles at the bottom of the screen display the Pittsburghese word or phrase and its translation.

"If you say 'crick' instead of creek, if you say 'bub-bye' each time you go away and if you drink a can of 'pawp' or 'have a shot 'n' a beer' then you must be from Pittsburgh, PA," Mr. Romanovsky sings to upbeat polka music. …

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