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Eagles fans with posters using the word jawn, which was just added to the dictionary along with a jawn definition
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Philly Today: Jawn Finally Makes the Dictionary

Check phillymag.com each morning Monday through Friday for the latest edition of Philly Today. And if you have a news tip for our hardworking Philly […]

one photo of the merriam-webster dictionary, whose new word list does not include the word jawn, and another of john fetterman
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Philly Today: Merriam-Webster’s New Word List Is an Insult to Philadelphians Everywhere

Merriam-Webster’s New Jawn-Free Word List Is an Insult to Philadelphia Every year, Merriam-Webster introduces its list of new words. And every year, we sit here […]

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I Tell People I’m From Philly, But I Live in South Jersey. That Counts, Right?

I am an imposter. I have lied, frequently and with forethought, to people online and in person, in the United States and outside of it. […]

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Some Jawn Youse Might Not Know About Jawn

So every once in a while, Philly’s peculiar linguistics bubble up into the cultural conversation. It could be when Bryce Harper wears his “Clearwooder” t-shirt. […]

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Merriam-Webster Might Have Just Killed “Jawn”

After jawn was catapulted into national awareness by the movie Creed and CBS3 did that strange, strange segment on it, some Philadelphians called the word dead. An ESPO […]

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CBS 3 Did a Report on the Word “Jawn” Last Night

The Grammy Awards were on CBS last night, but in Philadelphia the real prize was what was on the local news afterward. The station promoted […]