I like to pick up on the little cultural aspects of life sometimes. One such example is the name attributed to one of my favorite kind of foods: subs. Except where I’m from we don’t call them subs. We call them hoagies and we’re proud of it that way. As you may or may not have guessed I am from the northeastern section of the U.S. Here our Polish dialect cuts into a lot of everyday words to almost form a new language. The term “hoagie” dates back to a place known as “Hog Island” at the intersection of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. Irish and Italians living there were known as “Hog Islanders” and would refer to each other as “Hogans”. Eventually the sandwiches that they ate became known as “Hoggies” which during the mid-twentieth century evolved into the modern spelling and pronunciation of “Hoagies”. It’s interesting to think that we have our very own name for such a universal kind of sandwich. I wonder how many crazy looks I’ll get if I go out west and use this term. Everyone could use a little history lesson. Check out the video below to get a glimpse at the vernacular of northeastern Pennsylvania.