A recent survey named Boston America's fifth-rudest city, while New York took the honor of being No. 1. Not that these polls are dripping with scientific merit, but even if there were a concrete way to measure a city's rudeness, it's unlikely either city would complain about being near the top. Visit either city as a tourist, and you're likely to be called out for not being from around here. Talk too much to strangers and prepare to be ignored. There's something comforting about being surrounded by people and being able to keep to oneself. If only the word "rude" didn't have such a negative connotation.