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Old 09-17-2018, 09:31 PM
 
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As the title states.... I'm inquiring about why the Italians in Philadelphia are so pretentious. I moved to Philly back and in March of 2018 from DC, which is pretentious, but in a regard to who graduated from GWU or GTU, West you drive. I consider myself to be a very cosmopolitan person, because I've lived in Guangzhou, Phnom Penh Cambodia, DC, Bmore, and many other area. I find the Italian Americans here to be very off putting, but in a way that I tell them off, because Philly and S Jersey is all that they know. They have never lived anywhere else, because they can't handle change or mommy and daddy foot the bill.
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Old 09-17-2018, 10:45 PM
 
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Typical; DC pretension is “allowed,” but Philadelphia pretension is wrong.
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Old 09-18-2018, 01:35 AM
 
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marukai, I assume that you've never been to North NJ or Long Island. Spend some time there and then re-evaluate South Philly.
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Old 09-18-2018, 05:47 AM
 
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Yeah, I agree with acenturi... the phenomenon is not unique to Philadelphia. Italians in the Northeast USA tend to have a chip on their shoulder (which might actually be the opposite of pretentious).

And, as you can tell by the other responses, Philadelphia in general has a chip on its shoulder. Being stuck between NYC (financial elitists) and DC (political elitists) will do that.
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Old 09-18-2018, 06:59 AM
 
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But why chip on the shoulder.Bmore doesn't have a chip. They have social security administration HQ.
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Old 09-18-2018, 07:05 AM
 
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Most people I know of Italian descent in Philly identify as "Americans", and their Italian background is no bid deal. Maybe I just know ones that are fourth, and fifth generation, but I never saw their "Italianess" be an issue. I think people in the Northeast in general can be a bit reserved, or pretentious, but it has nothing due to a chip on their shoulder about being Italian.
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Old 09-18-2018, 07:27 AM
 
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Typical; DC pretension is “allowed,” but Philadelphia pretension is wrong.
I laughed at this. Not comment as to why DC pretension is allowed, yet Philadelphia is a no no.

Also, pretentious was a poor choice of words, that would be appropriate for describing parts of the Main Line, but not South Philly.

Italians (and Greeks) are old school and insular in many ways, and can be off-putting to many, but its more a neighborhood/ culture thing, not a pretension thing.

Also, has this poster ever met anyone from Long Island, holy moly.... but I guess because they are from New York its okay....

For someone so "traveled" and "cosmopolitan" it seems rather immature and dense for that poster to start a thread on pretension in South Philly.
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:01 AM
 
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Montco PA
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But why chip on the shoulder.Bmore doesn't have a chip. They have social security administration HQ.
What does having the SS Admin HQ have to do with this topic?

And don’t you realize that your comment about the SS HQ is somewhat pretentious? We have the SS HQ; you don’t. Do you really want to go there?
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:59 AM
 
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That's called "attytood", LOL! And the provincial nature of people who have never lived anywhere else is certainly not unique to Italian Americans or Philadelphia. You get that to a greater or lesser extent anywhere you go. More so in cities like Philly that don't have a ton of transplants.
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