Last month, we brought you entries from Gaffin’s Wicked Good Guide to Boston English.
As we wrote then: Compiled by the brilliant Adam Gaffin and hosted on Boston University’s website, the Wicked Good Guide to Boston English is a wonder to behold.
Everybody knows about pahking cahs in Hahvuhd Yahd, but there’s a lot more to Boston English than that, despite what Hollywood would have you believe. We have our own way of pronouncing other words, our own vocabulary, even a unique grammatical construct. Journey outside the usual tourist haunts, and you just might need a guide to understand the locals…
Here are some more highlights from the guide:
Boat shoes, i.e., Keds.
Where somebody is, for example: “They’re down the Cape today.” Sometimes prounounced “downna,” as in “Wanna go downna Boston with me?”
The donut shop on the corner.
The numbah aftah thirdy-nine.
A general intensifier: “He’s wicked nuts!”