Make an abrupt left turn (see hook for the right-turn equivalent): "He went to bang a left and take a uey but lost control." For more normal turns, the appropriate word is "hang."

Steve Trinward elucidates: ''Two frat-brothers of mine, back in '69 or '70, once double-dated two Long GUYland-raised ladies, and later regaled us all with their tale of the drive back from picking up their dates. Doug (from out Stuhbridge-way) was driving, Jim (from western Maine and a part-time cab driver) was navigating; the girls were in the back seat. As Doug wound his way through Boston's notoriously snarled traffic, Jim, in an effort to bypass the worst tie-ups, kept barking out directions, as in "Bang a left here, then hang a right at the next light, etc." After about three rounds of this, the gals in back couldn't stand any more, and in their best Lower Island hard-g whine, said simultaneously:


Keith McDuffee and Steve Trinward



re: Bang

I recently had a friend from Seattle come down, and we were in a "cah" with someone else drivin the wrong way down "sturradrive" so I told him to "bang a Uey" the friend from seattle was confused, I told her what it meant, and she said oh you mean "flip a bitch" so you should put that in the definition of "bang" :)

re: Bang

I had to chuckle when I read "ban a uey". We always said that, in fact I probably still do without realizing it.I live in Florida now and cling dearly to my Boston Cultcha.I love reading this vocabulary section-brings back sweet memories of homeThanks