Hey, New York Times, next time, ask a local about our neighborhood names, mkay?

The New York Times does its obligatory Bulger overview with its obligatory paragraph about how South Boston has changed:

Though Mr. Bulger's reign in South Boston ended almost two decades ago - and the gritty Southie of his era has morphed into SoBo and is now overrun with yuppies and glassy condos - people here are still gripped by his story.

Everybody who calls South Boston SoBo please raise your hands - and then buy yourself a one-way ticket to New York.

H/t Dale Cruse, who adds: "Pretty sure even the Yuppies and DINKs in South Boston would give you a beating for calling it 'SoBo'."

Neighborhoods: 

Topics: 

    Free tagging: 

      Comments

      Is "yuppies" even allowed by

      By on

      Is "yuppies" even allowed by the NyTimes style guide? They have to attach Mr. or Mrs. to every surname but they don't mind casually tossing out an unattributed pejorative that probably describes half their readers?

      up
      Voting is closed. 12

      Just half?

      By on

      Just half?

      up
      Voting is closed. 16

      Lol

      SoBo. That sounds so funny to me. Sobo. Sobo. Sobo. Ahahahahah.

      *ahem*

      Yeah, nobody would try and shorten it to that. If the NYT actually tried to research, his source must be trolling him.

      up
      Voting is closed. 14

      I think the Times is

      By on

      I think the Times is following the lead of this AP color piece put out on Monday which states quite clearly:

      '"Southie," as it's been called by generations of natives, is now called "Sobo" by newcomers who live there.'

      This is the first time I've read anything describing such a thing as 'SoBo'. I see the stupidity is catching within the NY-centric media bubble. How long before Lesley Stahl calls it as such on 60 Minutes?

      up
      Voting is closed. 11

      Isn't the AP Boston desk the

      By on

      Isn't the AP Boston desk the same one that called the wrong winner on election night recently— and then pretended like it never happened??

      How are they a credible source for the NYT or anyone else?

      up
      Voting is closed. 12

      SoBo - Like SoHo

      By on

      Because, at the NYT it's "Always about MEEEEEEEEE"

      Other cities can't have their own naming conventions - we have to pretend that their realtors copy our realtors and make shitup!

      up
      Voting is closed. 13

      Real estate industry inspired 'hip' names

      By on

      This goofy business of re-branding neighborhoods with catchy, 'hip' acronym-type names is a big thing in NYC,too. People laugh at it like they do here.

      up
      Voting is closed. 11

      This. Every "up and coming"

      By on

      This. Every "up and coming" neighborhood needs some kind of TriBeCa-esque catchy nickname. Realtors are trying to rebrand my own neighborhood as ProCro (Prospect Heights/Crown Heights.) It ain't working.

      up
      Voting is closed. 14

      The Fidi is across FpT from

      By on

      The Fidi is across FpT from the iDistrict next Sobo. Sowa is seperated from Sobo by the SoBay and Dot, which is next to the Rox. Bbay is adjacent to the flat, the hill, and the village, and the office part of it around Stuart Street is sometimes called midtown.

      up
      Voting is closed. 12

      Dot?

      By on

      Do you mean the area south of SoBo, i.e., SoBoSo?

      up
      Voting is closed. 13

      Wouldn't that rather be

      By on

      Wouldn't that rather be SoSoBo?

      up
      Voting is closed. 10

      OhWa

      By on

      TaGu
      SiAm

      up
      Voting is closed. 20

      Actually

      She didn't make up a fair amount of that, just repurposed it.

      Some were vintage 1930s and 40s slang from my grandparent's generation.

      Brilliant trolling, nonetheless.

      up
      Voting is closed. 14

      Really? Which ones?

      None of those appear in any early 20th-century slang dictionary I've ever seen. The closest is "dish", but that always applied to an attractive woman, never a man. I think that Sub Pop receptionist just made them all up off the top of her head.

      up
      Voting is closed. 11

      Megan Jasper

      The then-receptionist is now one of the executives of the record company (and one of the cultural leaders of her community). And she was born and grew up in Worcester.

      up
      Voting is closed. 7

      Oh, I get it

      Now that my municipality has been "discovered" and has become "real (estate) hip", a change is in order!

      Instead of living in Meffuh for 15 years ... I now live in MeFuh

      That clears things up, eh?

      up
      Voting is closed. 9

      I believe you mean MoFo?

      By on

      (shakes head).

      There was some guffawing at the breakfast table this morning when we read "SoBo."

      up
      Voting is closed. 10

      Wikipedia fail

      I fully expect this to turn into another of that special category of reversion fight, where the NyTimes is considered a more authoritative secondary source than "reality."

      I wonder if we could cite this thread as a source, proving that the correct demonym for South Boston is "Southie," or if we're somehow tainted with BoCo (Boston cooties).

      up
      Voting is closed. 8

      BoCo

      By on

      rsybuchanan wrote:

      "...or if we're somehow tainted with BoCo (Boston cooties)."

      Actually, BoCo already exists as a nickname for The Boston Conservatory. And BoCoCoCo is short for the Boston Common Coffee Company. (Not to be confused, of course, with Boloco.)

      up
      Voting is closed. 11

      Figures: Broker used the term in 2011

      By on

      "SoBo" Is South Boston the NEW South End??

      I rather like the name "SoBo" it reminds me of "SoHo". If you think about it they are quite similar. Right? SoHo is known for its artists' lofts and art galleries. It is also known for it's trendy boutiques and national and international chain stores. We are not talking about New York but I thought it was fun to compare for a moment. OK, let's get back on track and talk about South Boston and all it has to offer.

      But wait! Some "daring" brokers tried using it in 2005!

      up
      Voting is closed. 12

      This is just like...

      By on

      ...when out of towners come to Boston and call it Beantown. No native would ever call it that...EVAH!

      up
      Voting is closed. 9

      I have called it beantown and

      By on

      I have called it beantown and I am from beantown, actually OFD so don't be so snotty. occasionally i sometimes describe myself as a beantonian to out of towners (not really).

      up
      Voting is closed. 10

      Beantown is just an eye

      By on

      Beantown is just an eye roller for me. The one that ticks me off is the use of "Boston Commons." Plural. Sorry, there's only one.
      There's an English language school that has a "Boston Commons Campus." When I see it, I think: "clueless out-of-town carpet baggers." http://www.fls.net/en/campus_locations/boston_commons

      up
      Voting is closed. 10

      Somerville too...

      By on

      A friend of mine, when he lived near Sullivan Square, once received some sort of promotional material referring to his neighborhood as WeSo[1], for West Somerville. We had a good laugh with that one.
      I'm fond of the local nickname Camberville though. Not as fond of the Dig's nickname for Boston/Allston/Brookline as Bostoline.

      [1]Not sure if this was intended to be pronounced "wee-soh" or "weh-soh"

      up
      Voting is closed. 11

      The real question is, when do

      By on

      The real question is, when do we invade Brookline and take over?

      up
      Voting is closed. 8

      GreBo

      Greater Boston has always been part of our ancestral lands.

      up
      Voting is closed. 10

      I like it...

      By on

      As a derogatory term. Oh, living' in SOBO? Ya' yuppie.

      up
      Voting is closed. 9

      I never called it SoBo but I

      By on

      I never called it SoBo but I will now.

      - The Original SoBo Yuppie

      up
      Voting is closed. 10

      They just took the "Arlmont"

      They just took the "Arlmont" sign down on Rt. 2 eastbound within the last few years. Made me sad, as it had been there forever. When I was a little kid, I thought it was a separate town.

      up
      Voting is closed. 11