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More Wicked Good Examples of Boston English

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.

Gaffin writes:

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…

 

English: This picture shows a panorama of Bost...

English: This picture shows a panorama of Boston (USA). Deutsch: Das Foto zeigt ein Panorama von Boston (USA). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are some more highlights from the guide:

Bobos

Boat shoes, i.e., Keds.

Down

Where somebody is, for example: “They’re down the Cape today.” Sometimes prounounced “downna,” as in “Wanna go downna Boston with me?”

Dunkie’s

The donut shop on the corner.

Foddy

The numbah aftah thirdy-nine.

Rotary

A traffic circle. One of Massachusetts’ two main contributions to the art of traffic regulation (the other being the red-and-yellow pedestrian-crossing light).

Westa Wihsta

Terra incognita; beyond the bounds of civilization (some Bostonians will argue that that boundary is actually Rte. 128 or, if you really want to stretch it, Rte. 495).

Wicked

A general intensifier: “He’s wicked nuts!”

 

 

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Where Boston Stands in Popular Favorite Cities Survey

Have you seen this? Boston.com linked Travel and Leisure annual rankings of “America’s Favorite Cities.”

See the Boston.com piece here.

As the article states:

Travel and Leisure magazine recently released the results of its annual survey of “America’s Favorite Cities” with Boston getting high marks from visitors for its classical music, culture, and history. But the grades for local barbecue, driving, and weather weren’t so kind.

Weather? Not much we can do about that one. And barbecue? Let’s talk about chowder instead.

See the Boston.com piece here.

English: Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts D...

English: Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts Deutsch: Faneuil Hall, Boston (Massachusetts) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Gaffin’s Wicked Good Guide to Boston English

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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.

As Gaffin writes:

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…

A few highlights from the guide:

B’daydas

You can serve them mashed, or whipped, or boiled.

Coffee regula

Coffee with some cream and two sugahs.

Live ‘n’ kickin’

The only kind of lobstahs you’ll find at Boston deli countah

The T

The Boston subway system. Represents the triumph of fuzzy logic, or something, because it does not actually stand for any single word. Cambridge Seven Associates thought it up in the early 1960s when the state hired them to design graphics for the then new MBTA. Their goal was to come up with something as recognizable as a cross that also evoked the idea of transit, transportation, tunnel, etc.

Read more of this fabulous guide here.

 

 

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Boston’s 4 Best Breakfast Spots

According to the crowdsourced wisdom of Yelpers in the Boston area, there are a few clear answers to the hotly debated question “Where’s the best breakfast spot in Beantown?”

Now, if you’re not familiar with Yelp, the company/website is “is a multinational company that operates an online review site and local business search service,” according to Wikipedia. The reviews, of course, are submitted by users (Yelpers) and not any type of paid staff.

English: american breakfast

English: american breakfast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a look at where Boston breakfast eaters like to get their bacon and eggs.

Dash Cafe: 5 Henshaw St

While not technically in the city of Boston, Dash Cafe in Brighton is the most highly rated breakfast joint in the Boston area on Yelp. With an amenable patio, first class ingredients, and food at the right price, Dash Cafe delivers. Reviewers also rave about their breakfast burrito.

Billy’s Sub Shop: 57 Berkeley St

Breakfast at a sub shop? Strange as it may sound, Yelpers adore Billy’s, which opens its doors at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. The french toast and blueberry pancakes get top marks, and reviewers rave about Billy’s friendly staff and great service.

Render Coffee: 563 Columbus Ave

Predictably, at Render it starts with great coffee. The ambiance and proximity to a T stop are major boons to the Columbus Ave breakfast spot as well. Great quiches and tremendous breakfast sandwiches round out the lineup at one of the best places to begin your day in Beantown.

Blunch: 59 E Springfield St

Blunch (a combination of “breakfast” and “lunch”) is Yelp users’ fourth-favorite breakfast spot. Just have a look at these tremendous “eggwiches” (egg, plus…)

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