What other words or phrases define how Bostonians speak?

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    The boiler isn't in the basement, it's "down cellar."
     
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    "you all set?"
     
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    Carriage=shopping cart.
    Uptown, up the square=the town center or downtown of most suburbs.
    Reqular coffee=with cream and sugar.
    Dinnah=lunch.
    Suppah=dinner.


     
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    If you are actually from Medford, then you know it is really pronounced "Medfid" or "Meffid".
     
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    ...always "Comm" Ave. "Jordan's" w/o the Marsh. "The Basement" w/o Filene's first.
     
     and growing up during the fifties in Newton my mother often used "The Hub of the Universe" as noted, as well as "The Athens of America." On a darker note, Crystal lake was dubbed Polio Pond. A nice alliteration......
     
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    how bout carriage insteada shopping cart??
     
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    How about a pushing a carriage instead of a shopping cart.  and dungarees instead of jeans
     
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    Mah instead of Mom. "Hey Mah, what's for suppah. I'm wicked hungry". Kivah instead of Sunfish. "I got a big one, no it's just a Kivah".
     
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    If you are reading this, it must be because you are a new student here from Kansas or Ohio or some other unimportant state.
    Most of the stuff on here comes from Southie, not from most of the rest of Boston or Eastern Mass.  I find it funny that the accents that become associated with a place or region always come from the least educated classes.  Cockney, Southern Drawl, Australian, and the "Boston Accent" are not spoken in nearly a pronounced manner by the educated as the uneducated.  That being said, I love the word "Massholes" to refer to all native drivers.
     
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    2 things. jinhull is a db (in any accent) I went to Boston Latin, have double bachelors degrees and two masters and a BOSTON accent!

    The author didn't do enough research (grinder, frappe, etc). The other posts are cracking me up! "Ma what's for supper I'm wicked hungry" classic!  "down cellar" "all set" also hit the nail on the head. We live here, this is the way we talk...you have an accent! (if you don't like it SCREW). How do you like them apples!
     
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    Sorry you couldn't find a job Harry.  Those University of Phoenix degrees don't mean much no matter how many or at what level you get them.
     
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    Quinzie, Peeb'dee, Summav'll, Leminsta, Wista, Mass Av, Mass Av bridge (instead of Harvard Bridge), Comm Ave, Sturrow Drive, The Shell, the Zakim Bridge (though nobody knows who he was), the (Mass) Pike, the Turnpike Extension, a "pond" can be a mile wide - aka a lake in the western US, going "down" to Cape Ann or Maine, and for them, "going up to Boston", "spring" = "May", "cold" = 30 below zero with wind, dewpoint (an obsession), The Game, Legal's, Mumbles (even though we like him), Jake, a regular (coffee), the Blue Laws, Thickly Settled, "Go over this way for five minutes and bang a right, go eight minutes, bang another right, then bang a left after a couple minutes..."    
     
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    And someone new to the area, if s/he's interested and does it almost unconsciously, can discern the differences between the accent of someone who grew up in Southie, or Medford, or Cambridge, or Canton.  Less and less so, now, but it sure was possible years ago.
     
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    Oh, it's not New-berry but Newbr'y. 
     
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    What's up dude? And no one says "grinder" in Boston. Maybe a Worcester thing?
     
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    What's up dude? And no one says "grinder" in Boston. Maybe a Worcester thing?
     
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    "Salt and peppah" bridge is the Longfellow
     
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    Southie South Boston
    JP Jamaica Plain
    Mass Ave Massachusetts Ave
     
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    "S/he lives ' in' Inman, Davis, Porter, Kenmore, Copley, Central (etc.) ...Square."
     
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    agree with others that the initial list was extremely weak ... but I'd also say that people should be focusing on some of our unusual words, phrases, and expressions ... not just the fact that we pronounce some words (wuhds) differently than people in other parts of the country do ... 
     
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    In response to GinnyC's comment:

    Back when I was young, we said "going down the cape" and we never, never, ordered a grinder. It was always a sub or sub sandwich.  Rhode Islanders eat grinders .... with banana pickles which they put on everything...

    BTW a frappe is more than a milk shake with a scoop of ice cream it is several scoops of ice cream blended with milk and syrup (chocolate hopefully). 



    Agreed!   One of the older pure sandwich shops on Rt. 18 in Abington is the Submarine Galley.
    Grinders only show up in pizza places.  
    Have a tonic with your Spuckie.  Both have gone out of use, but my late grandparents used both when they lived in Dot.
     
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    You will only hear this sporadically now and probably only in North Central Mass, but if you are sitting next to a stream or brook you are "up on the bankin' ". 
     
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    In response to GinnyC's comment:
     we never, never, ordered a grinder. It was always a sub or sub sandwich.  Rhode Islanders eat grinders .... with banana pickles which they put on everything...  


    Then you've never ordered a toasted sub properly.  A grinder is almost exclusively Boston/Eastern Massachusetts and one of the places that tried to claim it invented the name was a sub shop in Scollay Square.  Bostonians eat grinders, period.
     
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    In response to QuincyGenius's comment:

    Spuckies for Sub/Grinder/Hoagie/Hero



    Spuckies are a North End thing.
     
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    In response to 67pal's comment:

    this article is bogus...wicked awsome really how about wicked  pissah? grinders where it's a sub then its bubblah and blinkah.... southie and meffa re the only things that were correct everything else was bs.
    this writer speaks like a  freakin yankees fan



    And you sound like you moved here yesterday.  His article was pretty spot on.  Finally glad to not be the last person in the world to still call it tonic.
     

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