The Washington, DC area is a popular landing place for members of the Pittsburgh Diaspora- the people who grew up in the Steel City, found that they didn’t particularly want to work in banking/education/medicine/biotech (the major industries that sprung up there after the closure of the steel mills), and left for greener pastures and better weather. Probably every 4th person I meet here is either from Pittsburgh, went to school in Pittsburgh, is dating someone from Pittsburgh, etc.
You can take the football fan out of Pittsburgh, but you can’t take the Pittsburgh out of the football fan, and with so many Pittsburgh expats here, DC is sort of like a colony state of the Steelers Nation.
So as a public service to my neighbors here in my adopted hometown, let me point you to a handy glossary of some sports terms you may hear bandied about as we Blitzburghers revert into the yinzer accents we’ve worked so hard to lose.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs