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Bostonisms of Yesterday and Today

5/29/2008 10:48:00 AM
There was an article in the Globe a little while ago about local Boston slang. There are definitely a few that I've learned since moving here and a lot that I still haven't heard of. Words that I learned: jimmies, frappe, packie, wicked.

Here's one question, though, that maybe you could help me with. According to the Globe, "the most telling, of course, is the Boston accent, the one with the 25-letter alphabet." Which letter is missing?

Jimmies. Regular coffee. Elastic. Bubbler. Tonic. Dungarees. Carriages. Gonzo. Packie. Parlor. Rotary. Bang a U-ey. Hosey. Wicked. There are hundreds of local terms. Some are going strong. Some have even gone national. Some aren't ours alone. And some are fading fast. Almost no one says "scoop" or "score" anymore.

Click (here) to read the article and also watch a video that a couple of the Globe staff put together.

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4 Response to "Bostonisms of Yesterday and Today"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    The missing letter is in the pronunciation, not the written alphabet.

    One hint: think of your local packie patron complaining he couldn't get tot he store because of his dead Car

    Posted on 5/29/08, 1:01 PM

  2. Suldog Said,

    The Glob (now there's a Bostonism for you) is referring to the letter "R", even though it isn't truly unused. In the true Boston accent, even though it disappears at the end of some words, it sometimes shows up unexpectedly at the end of others, with "Cuba" becoming "Cuber" for instance.

    Posted on 5/29/08, 1:06 PM

  3. Anonymous Said,

    I think they are referring to the missing letter "R" in certain words like "pahk" instead of "park".

    Posted on 5/29/08, 1:27 PM

  4. Anonymous Said,

    The "R" is missing...

    Posted on 5/29/08, 1:35 PM


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