NewsAugust 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Get On This Jawn

If you (like us) looked at this title and were all, “wtaf is a jawn?” you’re not alone. According to the most reliable source ever, “jawn” is a word created by Philadelphians to replace the name of any “thing” they can’t remember. Examples of words jawn can replace: bar, store, song, your grandma’s dead cat, genital warts, etc.

So why did you just spend 30 seconds reading about a word you’ll probably never use? Because we love wasting your time! Just kidding. A new website, aptly titled TheJawn.com, could help you save time by listing restaurants, bars and all things jawn-y in the Philly area.

While reminiscent of Yelp or Urbanspoon, the site’s only focus is on Philadelphia. So yes, the concept is young, but as time goes on, there will likely be more detailed descriptions, reviews and photographs on TheJawn than on any competing site. Also, they (temporarily) pay you for being active! And with NSO fast approaching,  an excel spreadsheet of potential BYOs within walking distance may not be such a bad idea.

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By Reuben on August 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm

To be clear, “jawn” can refer to any person, place, or thing, except for a human male (who is referred to as a “boul”. Calling a male a jawn is considered disrespectful and emasculating.

Also, whenever “jawn” is used, if a woman is present, it automatically refers to her unless otherwise stated.

Example: “Look at that jawn over there (pointing in some direction)” could refer to any woman in the area of the users line of vision. After that, it is anyone’s guess.

By Monika Knapp on August 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Ahhhh. Good to know!

By Marilyn on August 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Beautiful site. Finally something i can really use. I’m pretty interested where they go with this.

By ill on August 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm

props to your post, reuben! i’ve used the term “boul” frequently at penn, and no one ever understands the proper meaning of it.
additional philly lingo? “hype,” which means obnoxious or annoying when used in the right context.
example: “that kid won’t stop asking questions. what a hype boul.”

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