first thoughts…lingo

  • Manhattan is considered to be “the city.” If you are in Brooklyn and are going to Manhattan, you say, “I’m going into the city.”  Brooklyn may be part of New York City, but it’s really like a suburb, as are the other boroughs.
  • When you are waiting in line, New Yorkers refer to it as waiting “on line.”  It’s hard to pick up on unless you listen for it.
  • When getting pizza, you either have a slice or a pie. New Yorkers don’t say “piece” when referring to pizza. One of my favorite moments was ordering a pizza and asking for a plain pie. That’s a cheese pizza. You don’t say cheese because that’s what plain means.
  • When ordering in a place that has seating and you order at the counter, they will ask you if it is “stay or to go.”