New York Times only hurts itself when it tries to speak Boston English

The Grey Lady begins a profile of our Barbara Lynch:

BOSTON - Barbara Lynch never thought she would end up in South Boston.

The chef is a fierce Southie, a local term for this neighborhood and the people who built it.

As Luke O'Neil, who spotted the passage, notes:

That's... not a thing.

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Amen to that

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Nothing worse than a 40+ hipster doofus trying to be witty on Twitter.

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Twice

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Later in the article: "she still curses like a Southie"...

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That sounds like something a

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That sounds like something a New Yorkie would say!

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So what?

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Newbies here call people from Southie Southies and Townies.

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Here's what

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"Newbies" are not the New York Times, which prides itself on journalistic accuracy.

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Hahaha

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I agree!

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I guess you never read any of

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I guess you never read any of the stories by Judith Miller in the New Work Times about the WMD's Iraq had stockpiled. Then how said stories got us to invade Iraq.

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C'mon, MC

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Things that 99.999% of the human race doesn't give a damn about are the things that give a city its unique identity. In any case, at least 99.999% of the human race doesn't give a damn about your name or my name, but if one of those people makes an error when referring to us, we would probably prefer that it be corrected.

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Sorry, but when someone from Southie gets up in arms

because someone referred to his tribe as small-t townies ("We're not from Chaaahlestown"), I just shake my head. Small-t townie has a well-understood meaning by most speakers of American English, and 99.999% of us don't give a jot what Charlestown townies and Southie townies prefer to call each other and themselves. Yes, I recognize the colloquial distinction between townie and Townie. No, you don't get to tell the rest of the world how to use small-t townie.

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Literally never

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I have literally never (until now) heard anybody use "Southie" to refer to a person.

I have, of course, heard (and used) townie. It's a general term for anybody who grows up in and never leaves a given place.

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No not really. I have never

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No not really. I have never called friends that grew up in Newton or Cambridge and still live there a townie and I have never heard of anyone else calling them a townie. Not Rozzy or Jamaica Plain either. Townie is for Charlestown.

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My cab driver in Savannah, GA

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My cab driver in Savannah, GA last week also though that. I wonder where the rumor got started.

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It's a neighborhood of Boston with a rich history,

endless portrayals by Hollywood, and a current vivid set of gentrification issues.

But you're right: a site devoted to covering Boston news stories should probably just ignore Southie, rather than risk being accused by random anonymous posters of having a freakish obsession with it.

Here in the South End, I'm pushing for the term "SoWannaBes". It could catch on!

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SoWannaBes

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Can we get all Realtors to start using that term?

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South Boston..

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....one of the greatest neighborhoods in the US.

- A South Boston Community member.

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Rats

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Arent locals called Southie Rats? is that just a Dot thing? Maybe just Southie punks? Junkies?

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I don't know about Southie

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So somebody please inform us, but, yes, there are Dot Rats (I even know somebody who has that tattooed on her back) and Rozzie rats.

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no southie rats

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Have both an uncle and an ex boyfriend from Southie (both of whom lived there during 1970's) and neither have ever referred to themselves or any peers as Southie "rats". They would just say "he (or she) is from Southie".

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South Shore

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the punks and junkies live in places like weymouth now. so maybe SoSho Rats?

- A South Boston Community Member

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Obsolete Newspaper

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NYT is a lying rag, dying a painful death. Good riddance.

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Don't mess with me!

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Them Southie's better not mess with me....I'm a Grand Rapids!

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Looks like they updated it.

Looks like they updated it.

"BOSTON — Barbara Lynch never thought she would end up in South Boston.

The chef is a fierce daughter of Southie, a local nickname for this neighborhood and, she explained, an old term for the people who built it that is rarely, if ever, used today. Generations of Irish-Americans forged iron and steel, built ports and ships, and hauled sugar and molasses in the area’s now-decrepit industrial buildings."

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Brilliant. They left this part in?

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an old term for the people who built it that is rarely, if ever, used today

Southie is still portrayed as an old term for the PEOPLE? Great editors over at the Almost Dead Gray Lady

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That looks like fixing one mistake with a harebrained misquote.

You want me to believe Barbara Lynch offered the statement that people from Southie were once referred to as "Southies"? That doesn't make any damned sense.

A person from Southie: a Southian? A Southie-ite? A South Bostonian? Maybe. A Southie? To quote the inimitable Dean, "I *doubt* it!"

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Would she do that?

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I don't know that someone with a just-published memoir would want to deliberately piss off the Times?

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