Category Archives: Boston Slanguage

BosTongue

PahkingFor all of you who don’t happen to be from the area let me translate.

If you happen to leave your vehicle in this area it will most likely not be here when you return because it will have been towed.

Now do you understand why we find it is just easier to say No Pahkin?

BosTongue

BosTongueMuch thanks to Sean over at Just A Jeep Guy for sharing this humorous photograph.  Considering CVS is based in Rhode Island, it is likely that this is exacly how the founders would have said this.

What does the way you speak say about where you are from?

BosTongueMuch thanks to my good friend and fellow blogger (or should I say bloggah?) Julian who writes, You Think You Know for telling me about the NYT survey that asks a series of questions about pronunciation and names you give to certain items to determine or in my case confirms your personal dialect.  No surprise with my results – which you can clearly see in the above image. 

Want to take this two minute quiz to see what it says about your dialect? Check out the NYT survey here.

Learning to speak BosTongue

Bostongue“Doctah”

Today’s lesson in learning how to speak BosTongue is doctah.

doctah – noun \ˈdäk-ta\

a person who is skilled in the science of medicine : a person who is trained and licensed to treat sick and injured people

Used in a sentence:  Doctah would you check to see if I have a hernia?

Tawkin’ like yer from Bawstin

wickedpissaAlthough many of the college students returning to Boston this week are upper class men who are familiar with this town’s idiosyncrasies, thousands of Freshmen and transfer students are walking the streets asking for directions and doing their best to settle into their new home.

Let me be among the first to welcome you and defer you to this wiki on Boston slang.  The list while somewhat old in that it references older pop culture terminology is still spot on and includes helpful definitions of words like the following.

Dawchestahh: Dorchester, Massachusetts NOTE: If you are gay and a student you are either a) likely living here; or b) get familiar with Dorchester (sometimes called Dot) because you’ll be going to a lot of parties here.

Leather District: A downtown neighborhood surrounding South Street in Boston, east of Chinatown. NOTE: The only thing gay about the Leather District is the LGBT bookstore, Calamus, and the porn shop, Marquis de Sade – both happen to be on South Street.

Wicked: very; or occasionally cool. Used indiscriminately, can modify anything (e.g.: especially “Wicked pissa.”). Almost always used as an adverb.

Yiz: Plural form of “you.” As in, “All a yiz bettah be in the cah by the time I count to fou-ah”. 

North Shore in the house

Boston BruinsEarlier this week the Boston Bruins took the lead in the Stanley Cup Finals when they outplayed the Chicago Blackhawks and decisively won game three.

I loved this photo from game three of a fan from Gloucester, MA. No doubt this fan and all of Boston will be cheering for the Bruins in game four tonight.

Go Bruins.

Map of southern New England

MassachusettsThis is absolutely hilarious, but I’m not sure if you would even be able to understand some of the references if you have not grown up in this part of the country… Feel free to share with friends you know from Massachusetts.

BosTongue

BosTonguePerhaps you’ve seen this already on Facebook.  For those not familiar with the Boston accent, this is actually quite accurate. And for the record, yes, once upon  a time I spoke just like this.  For the price of a martini I can trot out the accent with surprising ease.

Much thanks to LargeTony for coining the term BosTongue.

Funny street sign

Funny SignTravel + Leisure encourages their readers to submit funny street signs they see when traveling.  I assume that this was taken some place near Boston since you regularly hear people say “Go Thissa Way“.

Wicked gawjus

wicked gawjusSeptember weather has continued to be warm and sunny making it easier to say good by to summer and hello to autumn.  For sure the days are shorter but with weather like this who is going to complain?

For those new to Boston or with travel plans that will bring you here I wanted to share this BosTongue (LargeTony thought of that term) phrase, which you may be inclined to hear on days like this.

Wicked Gawjus refers to any weather above 70 degrees and below 85 degrees that has low humidity and plenty of sun. I would suggest you repeat the phrase out loud on your own a few times and practice using it in a sentence so you will be believable when you use it. For example…

I just picked up a 6-pack at Jimmy’s cornah packie, and now I’m heading down to Castle Island to drink ‘em cuz its so wicked gawjus.

Drunken Sailah

Boston GuyThanks Chris for being such a good sport and letting me snap a photo of your t-shirt.  Lets head down to NYC for Fleet Week with this shirt.

Its Marathon Monday in Boston

How Bostonians describe marathon runnahs

Gawjus

Earlier this week Twitter buddy @PacsPad pointed out that all my blogging and Tweeting with a Boston accent has started to manifest on Google. Sure enough if you type “Boston Gawjus” your’s truly blog appears.

My response: Wicked, Friggin’ Awesome or WFA

Learning to speak "Boston"

People not born in or near Boston often get confused by a native’s accent and although I’ve successfully tamed my Boston accent (for the most part) my word choices are a dead give-away for anyone familiar with what I like to refer to as “Boston SLANGuage”.

In a previous post I explained why the correct phrase is “bubbler” often pronounced as “bubblah” when referring to a fountain or water fountain… Feel free to revisit this language lesson here.

Normally, I focus on one word per blog entry, because I know how hard it can be to learn to speak proper English, but this image which was from the Boston Globe originally was just too tempting to pass up. I also find it fascinating that it includes what other parts of the country use similar language.

Learning to speak "Boston"

People not born in or near Boston often get confused by a native’s accent and although I’ve successfully tamed my Boston accent (for the most part) my word choices are a dead give-away for anyone familiar with what I like to refer to as “Boston SLANGuage”.

The word wicked in recent years (at least in gay circles) conjures up images of a beautiful Broadway musical, but when a Bostonian says the word it has a very different meaning. Wicked, when uttered by a Bostonian (and by the way its said here with a great deal of frequency), is intended as a superlative to stress something. Growing up I probably said something was “Wicked Awesome” a few million times. While it would give my cousins from the mid-Atlantic pause, after a second or two they usually caught on.