Category Archives: Boston Slanguage

Word of the day: Blinkah

BosTongue, Masshole

I like to think of my blog as an important, educational site that can help you expand your vocabulary.  Today’s vocabulary word is blinkah.

bliNGkah (rənahnoun) 
Definition: a device that blinks, especially a vehicle’s turn signal.
Example: That S.O.B. didn’t use his blinkah on Storrow Drive and cut me off

Word of the day: Runnah

runnah, bostongue

I like to think of my blog as an important, educational site that can help you expand your vocabulary.  Today’s vocabulary word is one you would have heard a lot this past week with the Boston Marathon having just taken place.  This week’s word is runnah

Runnah (rənahnoun) 
Definition: a person who runs
Example: That guy who won the Boston Marathon was a wicked fast runnah.

Seth Meyers: Boston Accent Trailer

Boston Accent Trailer with Seth MeyersMuch thanks to @bpmoynihan for sharing this on Twitter otherwise I might have missed this funny 4+ minute video, Boston Accent Trailer. 

I love the surprise guest appearance at 2:50 in the trailer.

Oxford English Dictionary adds “Masshole”

BosTongue, MassholeEarlier this week the Oxford English Dictionary added the word Masshole, formalizing a term well known to frustrated drivers throughout the Northeast.  The dictionary defines the term as a piece of “coarse slang” meaning “a term of contempt for a native or inhabitant of the state of Massachusetts,”  Masshole was one of nearly 500 words added to the dictionary, along with twerk, sext, hyperlocal, freegan, fratty, and fo’ shizzle.

You can read the full article in The Boston Globe, here.

Learning to speak BOStongue

boston accent, slang, bostongue

I saw this funny post on David’s blog, WGB, and wanted to share as well.

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”.