Main Line U.S. Open-Haters Incorrectly Referring to Visitors as “Shoobies”

Jersey dweller warns: That’s not your word.

A funny thing happened on the way to the U.S. Open.

As practice rounds kicked off on Monday, a few Pennsylvania residents took to Twitter to yell about “shoobies” gumming up traffic on their way to Merion.

Nice try, guys. But that’s not your word.

“Shoobie” is an exquisite, effective and extremely regional label applied to tourists visiting the southern half of the Jersey Shore. It came from a time when Philadelphians came down to the Shore via a train to Atlantic City with lunches packed in their shoeboxes—hence shoobie.

It’s a fantastic word; however, it is not a widely applicable one, like snowbird. A shoobie is someone who visits the beaches from Atlantic City to Cape May only. Not Asbury Park. Not Seaside. And certainly not a golf course in Pennsylvania.

You don’t get to co-opt shoobie because you’re annoyed by visitors, especially since the only shoobies you’re likely to see are yourselves (and don’t give me this “but I own a Shore home and am there every weeeeeekend!”—your car has a Pennsylvania license plate. That’s not your full-time home. You are not a local. You’re a “schlocal”—and that’s a word used by locals only when they’re feeling charitable).

And please, stop whining about the U.S. Open traffic. You can deal with it for six days. This is what you guys do to all of South Jersey every Friday through Sunday, May through September, year after year after year. Have you ever tried driving from one end of Bellmawr to the other on a Saturday in the summer? It’s not even a Shore spot, but the streets are lined with cars with Pennsylvania tags trying to rip a new back road through my hometown when all I really want to do is pick up my lunch meat order from Carmen’s.

We put up with you—and the tourism dollars you bring. So you can deal with the extra traffic and cash, too.

Just leave the word shoobie out of it.

(Thanks to Steve Lemongello from the Press of Atlantic City for finding the improper shoobie users).

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  • Michael Turner

    ha ha ha damn right.. i hate all the real shoobies who come through the black horse pike, 130, 42, ect… good thing you all dont know crap about the back roads to avoid the cluster you create in our area every year.

  • lg2536

    I would suggest referring to them simply as d-bags. I swear they are the most rude group of pests I’ve had to deal with in some time. Can’t wait till they’re gone…

  • Chelsea

    This is such an ugly way to look at beach-goers! Chill out girl. Two people tweet the word “shoobie” and you go on some deep-seated personal tangent about the Jersey Shore? The Shore has been a tourist destination for more than 100 years, it’s not like this was suddenly sprung on you out of the blue. We’ve all grown up with Shore vacationers and weekend visitors, there’s no need to be so self-righteous.

    • John Frenaye

      Not ugly at all. Call a spade a spade and a shoobie a shoobie. Family has roots in Longport and it has always been a local term.

  • Michele G Rogers

    Well done.