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sinbad2222 Jan 10th 2010 12:00 pm

Boston is special ?
 
Information on Boston and the surrounding area:

There's no school on School Street , no court on Court Street, no dock on Dock Square ,
no water on Water Street . Back Bay streets are in alphabetical "oddah": Arlington , Berkeley , Clarendon, Dartmouth , etc.
So are South Boston streets:
A, B, C, D, etc. If the streets are named after trees (e.g. Walnut, Chestnut, Cedar), you're on Beacon Hill .
If they're named after poets, you're in Wellesley .
Massachusetts Avenue is Mass Ave ; Commonwealth Avenue is Comm Ave ;
South Boston is Southie. The South End is the South End.
East Boston is Eastie. The North End is east of the former West End .
The West End and Scollay Square are no more; a guy named Rappaport got rid of them one night.
Roxbury is The Burry, Jamaica Plain is J.P.

How to say these Massachusetts city names correctly:
**Say it wrong, be shunned**
Worcester : Wuhsta (or Woostah)
Gloucester : Glawsta
Leicester Lesta
Woburn : Woobin
Dedham : Dead-um
Revere : Ra-vee-ah
Quincy : Quinzee
Tewksbury : Tooks berry
Leominster : Lemin-sta
Peabody : Pee-ba-dee
Waltham : Walth-ham
Chatham : Chaddum
Samoset: Sam-oh-set or Sum-aw-set but nevah Summerset!

Definitions:
Frappes have ice cream, milkshakes don't.
If it is fizzy and flavored, it's tonic.
Soda is CLUB SODA.
"Pop" is DAD.
When we want Tonic WATER, we will ask for TONIC WATER.
The smallest beer is a pint.
Scrod is whatever they tell you it is, usually fish. If you paid more than $7/pound, you got scrod.
It's not a water fountain; it's a bubblah..
It's not a trashcan; it's a barrel.
It's not a spucky, a hero or grinder,... it's a sub.
It's not a shopping cart; it's a carriage.
It's not a purse; it's a pockabook.
They're not franks; they're haht dahgs; Franks are money in Switzahland.
Police don't drive patrol units or black and whites they drive a "crooza".
If you take the bus, you're on the "looza crooza".
It's not a rubber band, it's an elastic. It's not a traffic circle, it's a rotary.
"Going to the islands" means Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket.

The Sox = The Red Sox
The C's = The Celtics
The B's = The Bruins
The Pat's =The Patriots
Things not to do:
Don't pahk your cah in Hahvid Yahd .. they'll tow it to Meffa ( Medford ) or Summahville (Somerville) .
Don't sleep on the Common. ( Boston Common)
Don't wear Orange in Southie on St. Patrick's Day.

Things you should know:

There are two State Houses, two City Halls, two courthouses, two Hancock buildings
(one old, one new for each).

The colored lights on top the old Hancock building tell the weatha':
"Solid blue, clear view...."
"Flashing blue, clouds due...."
"Solid red, rain ahead...."
"Flashing red, snow instead...." - except in summer;
flashing red means the Red Sox game was rained out!
Ahtha Impore-int Stuff
Most people live here all their life and still don't know what the hell is going on with this one.
Route 128 South is I-95 south. It's also I-93 north.
The underground train is not a subway. It's the "T", and it doesn't run all night (fah chrysakes, this ain't Noo Yawk)..

Order the "cold tea" in China Town after 2:00 am you'll get a kettle full of beer.

Bostonians.. . think that it's their God-given right to cut off someone in traffic.
Bostonians.. ..think that there are only 25 letters in the alphabet (no R's)
except in "idea".
Bostonians.. .think that three straight days of 90+ temperatures is a heat wave.
Bostonians.. .refer to six inches of snow as a "dusting."

Bostonians.. .always "bang a left" as soon as the light turns green, and oncoming traffic always expects it.

Bostonians.. .believe that using your turn signal is a sign of weakness.

Bostonians.. .think that 63-degree ocean water is warm.

Bostonians.. .think Rhode Island accents are annoying.

Bostonians.. . believe that Connecticut is a suburb of Noo Yawk.

tonrob Jan 10th 2010 12:03 pm

Re: Boston is special ?
 
And now, my life is complete.

cindyabs Jan 10th 2010 12:21 pm

Re: Boston is special ?
 
Route 128 IS a royal pain.

Rhode Island accents ARE different. :confused:

robin1234 Jan 10th 2010 12:50 pm

Re: Boston is special ?
 

Originally Posted by sinbad2222 (Post 8234373)
Information on Boston and the surrounding area:
Don't pahk your cah in Hahvid Yahd .. they'll tow it to Meffa ( Medford ) or Summahville (Somerville) .

.. unless you used to work at Harvard and know all the nooks & crannies where you can park for free on weekends & evenings :thumbup:

newenglander Jan 10th 2010 3:19 pm

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Bostonians.. .think that 63-degree ocean water is warm.


What? I always thought that 55F was warm enough for swimming. It all depends on how fast you want your feet to go numb.

cindyabs Jan 10th 2010 3:22 pm

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Originally Posted by newenglander (Post 8234853)

Bostonians.. .think that 63-degree ocean water is warm.


What? I always thought that 55F was warm enough for swimming. It all depends on how fast you want your feet to go numb.

that's what temp I thought the ocean was until I was 30, :lol:

newenglander Jan 10th 2010 3:43 pm

Re: Boston is special ?
 
that's what temp I thought the ocean was until I was 30,

As it should be. It keeps the sharks away. :D

cindyabs Jan 10th 2010 3:53 pm

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Originally Posted by newenglander (Post 8234905)
that's what temp I thought the ocean was until I was 30,

As it should be. It keeps the sharks away. :D

worked like a charm in our brook on the farm in the Northeast Kingdom in April. :lol:

nettlebed Jan 10th 2010 5:12 pm

Re: Boston is special ?
 
Yep, Boston is special in the same way that Timmy is special...

Rete Jan 10th 2010 7:15 pm

Re: Boston is special ?
 
No ice cream in a milkshake? You can't be talking about Boston.

cindyabs Jan 10th 2010 7:23 pm

Re: Boston is special ?
 
A frappe and WHOLE fried clams- heaven

meauxna Jan 10th 2010 8:42 pm

Re: Boston is special ?
 
sinbad2222, if you did not write that, you should include the link to the source please.
If it's sincere, you should add it to the City Guides section of the wiki too. :)

Bob Jan 11th 2010 5:34 pm

Re: Boston is special ?
 

Originally Posted by cindyabs (Post 8234420)
Route 128 IS a royal pain.

especially as gps' just call it I-95 :lol:

cindyabs Jan 11th 2010 6:12 pm

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Originally Posted by Bob (Post 8238654)
especially as gps' just call it I-95 :lol:

that's so as not to scare the tourists. The natives know better. :eek:

Bob Jan 11th 2010 7:42 pm

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Originally Posted by cindyabs (Post 8238805)
that's so as not to scare the tourists. The natives know better. :eek:

what's really scary, when we were heading up to Maine a few days ago, going through Wellesley, the police were using flares to divert the traffic around a gas leak....you could smell the gas for miles :lol:


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