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All of youes dat always wanted a good dictionary of Boston stuff, the following is for your infamahtions.

For those who call New England home, this is just plain great!
Information on Boston and the surrounding area Easy to read and of course, pronounce and understand exactly what they're talking about.

There's no school on School Street, no court on Court Street, no dock on Dock Square, no water on Water Street.

Back Bay streets are in alphabetical "oddah":
Arlington, Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth, etc. So are South Boston streets: A, B, C, D, etc.
If the streets are named after trees (e.g. Walnut, Chestnut, Cedar), you're on Beacon Hill.
If they're named after poets, you're in Wellesley.

Massachusetts Ave is Mass Ave; Commonwealth Ave is Comm Ave;
South Boston is Southie. The South End is the South End.
East Boston is Eastie. The North End is east of the former West End.
The West End and Scollay Square are no more; a guy named Rappaport got
rid of them one night. Roxbury is The Burry, Jamaica Plain is J.P.

Frappes have ice cream in them, milkshakes don't.
If it is fizzy and flavored, it's tonic.
Soda is CLUB SODA.
When we want Tonic WATER, we will ask for Tonic WATER.
The smallest beer is a pint.
Scrod is whatever they tell you it is, usually fish.
If you paid more than $6/pound, you got scrod.

It's not a water fountain; it's a bubblah.
It's not a trashcan; it's a barrel.
It's not a spucky or a hoggy or a dagwood, it's a sub.
It's not a shopping cart; it's a carriage.
It's not a purse; it's a pockitbook.
They're not franks; they're haht dahgs. Franks are money in France.
Police don't drive patrol units or black and whites they drive a
If you take the bus, your on the "looza crooza".
It's not a rubber band, it's an elastic.
It's not a traffic circle, it's a rotary.
"Going to the islands" means Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket.

If something's good, it's "pissa". If something's really good, it's "wicked pissa".

For all of youes NOOYAWKAHS
The Pats = The WORLD CHAMPION Patriots
The Sox = The WORLD CHAMPION Red Sox
The Cs = The Celtics Doing good too
The Bs = The Bruins

Things not to do:
Don't pahk your cah in Hahvid Yahd ... they'll tow it to Meffa (Medford) or Slumaville (Somerville).
Don't sleep in the Common. (Boston Common)
Don't wear Orange in Southie on St. Patrick's Day.

Things you should know: There are two State Houses, two City Halls, two courthouses, two Hancock buildings (one old, one new for each).

Route 128 is also I-95 south. It's also I-93 north. turns to 3 south and southeast expressway north which is also 93 and 95 north at the Braintree split.

The underground train is not a subway. It's the "T", and it doesn't
run all night (fah chrysakes, this ain't Noo Yawk).
Order the "cold tea" in China Town after 2:00 am you'll get a kettle
full of beahh.
Bostonians... think that it's their God-given right to cut off someone
in traffic. Stand by!
Bostonians...think that there are only 25 letters in the alphabet (no
Bostonians...think that three straight days of 90+ temperatures is a
heat wave.
Bostonians...refer to six inches of snow as a "dusting."
Bostonians...always "bang a left" as soon as the light turns green, and oncoming traffic always expects it. BEWARE and Stand By!
Bostonians...say everything in town is "a five-minute walk."
(pronounced "wok")
Bostonians...believe that using your turn signal is a sign of weakness.
Bostonians...think that 63-degree ocean water is warm. Usually gets that hot after a heat wave. Refer to heat wave above.

Send this one to your friends who don't live in Boston!!
Bostonians...think Rhode Island accents are annoying.

How to say these Massachusetts city names correctly:
Worcester: Wuhsta (or Wistah)
Gloucester: Glawsta
Leicester: Lesta
Woburn: Woobin
Dedham: Dedim (like denim)
Revere: Re-vee-ah
Quincy: Quinzee
Peabody: Peabuddy
Waltham: Walth-ham
Chatham: Chattum

New Bedford: Newbedfit

Swansea: Swanzee

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Now, I'm from Cambridge originally. Old School Cambridge, not the neo-socialist bullshit taking residence there now.

So I aks ya, anyone ever heard the Garbage Man called an "Ashman"?
Anyone ever hear a grocery cart called a "Carriage"?
Anyone had an enema called a fisic?
I grew up with all of those terms. And Look How Good I Turned Out..
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