Lancaster Words and Slang

If you have moved to the Lancaster area, I am sure you would like to feel as though you fit in with the crowd. Here is a quick guide of some words and phrases that might help out all of us as we continually explore this wonderfully rich area. See how many you’ve heard:


1. Outen the lights = Turn the lights out.


2. Red up your room = Clean up your room.


3. It’s spritzing out = It’s raining out.


4. Cellar = Basement


5. Is the milk all? = Is the milk gone?


6. I’m going to the car nah onse. = I’m going to the car now.


7. Philly = Philadelphia


8. The State Store = Liquor store


9. ‘Wooder’ = Water


10. Slippy = Slippery


11. Left the dog out = Let the dog out.


12. Look here wunst = Look here a moment.


13. It feels close out = It feels hot/humid out.


14. I’m coming with = I’m coming with you.


15. ‘Macadam’ road = Asphalt paved road


16. Jimmies = Sprinkles for ice cream


17. Ruts = Roots(As in Roots market…check it out sometime!)


18. Dutch = Early German settlers


Simple Pronunciation Guide:
1. Lancaster: LANK -iss-ter (It is not LAND-caster)

2. Ephrata: EF-ruh-tuh

3. Lititz: LIT-its (It is Not LIE-TITS)

4. AAAH -mish – Not AIM ish or AM ish.

5. Intercourse (the town) – Just leave that one alone.



Happy Trails!