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4 definitions by Sam Sinister

 
1.
A western-Pennsylvania bastardization of the phrase "you ones", which addresses more than one person. Since we "western PA people" do things like slur words together, replace almost all vowel sounds with a "schwa" sound (the upsidedown e in the dictionary), replace long "a" sounds with long "e" sounds, and refuse to pronounce any "t" that isn't the first letter of a word, this became "you-ens", then "youns", "yunz", and finally "yinz". Someone must have put this particular pronunciation and spelling in print at some point, since it seems to be the most accepted way to say and write it.

The aforementioned characteristics of our accent are probably at least partly due to the diverse heritage of the population of this area, which is mostly made up of Italian, Irish, Polish, Native American, and African American people, NOT inbreeding, as someone in an earlier entry stated.

The word has become associated with Pittsburgh in particular, whose natives are commonly referred to as "yinzers".
"Are yinz comin' up fer Chrissmiss?"

"What're yinz doin'?"

"I seen yinz at the fleamarket yesterdee."
by Sam Sinister March 14, 2008
 
2.
A western-Pennsylvania bastardization of the phrase "you ones", which addresses more than one person. Since we "western PA people" do things like slur words together, replace almost all vowel sounds with a "schwa" sound (the upsidedown e in the dictionary), replace long "a" sounds with long "e" sounds, and refuse to pronounce any "t" that isn't the first letter of a word, this became "you-ens", then "youns", "yunz", and finally "yinz". Someone must have put this particular pronunciation and spelling in print at some point, since it seems to be the most accepted way to say and write it.

The aforementioned characteristics of our accent are probably at least partly due to the diverse heritage of the population of this area, which is mostly made up of Italian, Irish, Polish, Native American, and African American people, NOT inbreeding, as someone in an earlier entry stated.

The word has become associated with Pittsburgh in particular, whose natives are commonly referred to as "yinzers".
"Are yinz comin' up fer Chrissmiss?"

"What're yinz doin'?"

"I seen yinz at the fleamarket yesterdee."
by Sam Sinister March 11, 2008
 
3.
Music that started in the 1950's. Mix the blues or rhythm & blues with 2 or more of the following: country, swing, gospel, jazz, ummm... there's more but fuck it.

Basically any music with a good beat, soul, and a wild, raw feel to it. But it gotta be up-beat and have some blues in it. Whoever wrote that other definition is a fuckin' idiot.

P.S. "Hits" don't dictate what's good or bad. The people running the radio stations don't know shit.
Joe Turner - "Flip, Flop & Fly"
Chuck Berry - "Sweet Little Sixteen"
Jerry Lee Lewis - "Great Balls of Fire"
The Kingsmen (or Richard Berry) - "Louie Louie"
Ray Charles - "I Got a Woman"
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - "Little Demon"
Carl Perkins - "Honey Don't"
Elvis Presley - "Hound Dog"
The Ramones - "Rockaway Beach"
Trashmen - "Surfin' Bird"
The Cramps - "Mama Oo Pow Pow"
Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels - "Devil with the Blue Dress on"
Tommy James - "Hanky Panky"
Dion & the Belmonts - "Runaround Sue"
by Sam Sinister May 13, 2005
 
4.
How punk rockers refer to other punk rockers as a whole.
We don't do it for money, we do it for the kids.
by Sam Sinister May 03, 2009