Jawn is the undisputed champion of Philadelphia slang. It basically means thing, which means it can mean any thing. And people, local businesses and even corporations have liberally used jawn throughout the city.

Thetelegraphfield has tracked down 18 of these jawns in the wild, from Vitamin water ads to eyeglasses to the famous crispy fish jawns of South Philly.

Advertisement jawns

Jawn vitamin
Credit: Mark Dent

Graffiti jawn (7th and Snyder)

Tattoo jawn

Fashion jawns

Jawn glasses
Philly Eyeworks

T-shirt jawns

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jawn tasty
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“Jaws” jawn, phone case version

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Local music jawn

New #Ep by @DaSkrillaBoi https://t.co/26KfKfBvDD pic.twitter.com/5nAghJTaoL

— $krilla (@DaSkrillaBoi) September 23, 2015

Jawn fail

NOOOOOO! damnit. That jawn would have been worth 111 points!!!! #philly #jawn pic.twitter.com/YISK7KRMqo

— Brendan McNulty (@VoiceofBrendan) September 13, 2015

Intelligent jawn

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Food jawns

Blue Jawn Burger (The Blue Duck)

The JAWN (Spotburger)


Crispy fish jawns (Ippolito’s)

Credit: Danya Henninger

Beer jawn


And the holy jawn


Mark Dent is a reporter/curator at thetelegraphfield. He previously worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he covered the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State football and the Penn State administration. His...