Category Archives: Boston Slanguage

Americans think Mass. has the weirdest accent

Business InsiderLast week my friend Tony pointed out that in 2013 Business Insider published the findings of a national poll that found our fellow Americans thought those of us from Massachusetts had the weirdest accents in the country.

For the record, we didn’t receive the dubious honor of being named the rudest state nor arrogant; that was reserved for New York. However, Massachusetts was also named the smartest state.

You may read all the results from Business Insider, here.

The foah fundamentals of brewing coffee

caffeineThis past August I stumbled upon this hilarious sign at the Starbucks by the Westin Copley. Click on the image to enlarge so you can read the “Foah” (Four) Fundamentals of Brewing Coffee, that happen to include things like “propoahtion” and “wataah”.

Allston Christmas Eve

September 1For those not from the area, you may not be familiar with this rather unique Boston holiday that results from the onslaught of students moving into the area for the start of the next academic year. Don’t believe me? The holiday even is in the Urban Dictionary: allston christmas.

Allston Christmas will really begin tomorrow when renters begin to toss all their unwanted furnishings onto the street as they vacate their sublet or previous apartment and for the next 12+ hours are likely to be unable to get into their new apartment.

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?