B'daydas

You can serve them mashed, or whipped or boiled.

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never never in my life have i heard anybody say B'Daydas, i speak fluent "boston english". and it is an insult that someone would think or say B'Daydas.ridiculous

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My 9th grade teacher always said B'Daydas. I never asked where she was from, but since all my teachers have always been either "Pat O'Somethin" or "Margaret McWhosit" from Southie, it's a safe bet she was as well.

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i, personally, have only heared this spoken by one person..my great aunt. she lives in the north end and she also pronounces "Spaghetti" as "Piss-sket-ee". i myself say "Pah-tay-taz"

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I thought I didnt use this but recently some one pointed it out to me when i was in oregon. I orderd mashed "bdadoes". i think us bostonians are just immune to it at this point so be dont pick up on it.

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I usually have heard it more like Pahdaydas or Pahdaydos. But the said part is, reading B'daydas outloud I knew what it was before reading the description.

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I have heard every version of this. I grew up in Franklin, my mom is a Nooyohkha and always yelled at Me and my Sister for saying B'Daydas, P'Daydas or somtimes just Daydas. My step Dad is from Nohawood, my mother has been yelling at him for 20 years and he still says pass the B'Daydas.

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When we went to B.U. in the early 70's one of the cafeteria servers was named Al. Every night he stood with a large spoon full of mashed potatoes and would ask, "B'daydas?" Naturally he became known to us all as "B'dayda Al".

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The B'dayda thing. Yeah its a Boston thing, I think it may just be in Dorchester & Southie though. Although, we do pronounce it P'daydas with a "P" not a "B". At least that's how my Nana always said it.

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the only person i ever heard say p'DAYduhz was from taunton and, of course, i couldn't understand what she was saying, so i had to ask. that was a good laugh.

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To the naysayers: I can affirm that this pronunciation is true, but it may be much more pronounced in seniors from Metro West Mass. than in people who come from Boston itself.I am a professional editor and linguist who grew up in Michigan surrounded by people who speak with the classic flat Midwestern accent. I speak like that myself.But even as a Midwestern child, I was fortunate to have an ear for the subtleties of American dialects. My mother is from Brighton, and every year growing up, I spent at least two weeks in the ancestral triple-decker on Mapleton St. in the warm summer evenings listening to my Lowell-born (1900) grandmother in the kitchen as she cooked .. yes, mashed b'taytahs.As a 12-year-old from Michigan, I remember thinking her pronunciation of that word was incredibly odd. At that age, I could already completely accept and love the Boston "Ahz", but why start the word "potatoes" with a "B"?I clearly remember asking her about it. She wasn't happy and actually told me to go outside.

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I used to work at a restaurant on Cape Cod - Bob Briggs' Wee Packet - and old Bob, who had lived on the Cape his whole life, used to tell me to "go down cellah and get the b'daydahs." It's not quite Boston English, but it's Mass English....

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It hurts the ears! The person I've heard pronounce "potatoes" like this is from the Winchendon/Garndener area, so I thought it was a west-central thing. I've never heard anyone else pronounce it like that, thank goodness.

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B'daydas are for sure a phenomenon, though in my experience it is folks from Southie, Quin-z and Doa-chesta and those environs who I have heard it from more often.

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Both my auhnt from Newton and my grandmother from Brookline (on the other side of the family) say it too! I didn't notice until a few years ago on a trip home from NYC, where I live now. Just wanted to add to the affirmations...

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While I left Union Sq. Somerville 40 years ago, I still occasionally say B'day-dahs. My wife who grew up in Arlington, still loves to correct me on this one. Of course, she says P'Tay-Tahs. Sounds like lyrics by the Gershwin brothers in our house.

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I was born and raised in Dorchester and that is how I grew up saying it!I'm ashamed that so many people are denying that this word exists. It's just a way of speaking, camahn!

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I'm from UK. We must have 1000s of ways of saying pototoes on this side of the pond - some very close to this.But to help you in this debate, I'm coming to your fair city next week, so I'll keep my ears open.B'daydas... the way I'm saying that it sounds Australian!

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this is so funny. my uncle says that all the time. we are from Mass. but now live in North Carolina.. its weird because i will say something like Retahded and they will be like what? and i say oh my bad. retaRted

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OMIGOSH!! This has been an inside joke between my husband and I since we were dating as 19 year olds (a LONG time ago!!). We went to my mother's house for Thanksgiving-our first real dinner together, and my mother asked one of us to warm up the B'daydahs to put on the table. He LOST it...he snickered the whole meal. He tapped me in restaurants for months afterwards when he read potato on the menu and asked me if I wanted some B'daydahs. It was funny ESPECIALLY since she used the B sound. I have always known them as Patatahs. We STILL laugh over it and I just sent him this link so he could appreciate the local flavor and he cracked up.And yeah..we live in Central MA and have been here outside Wormtown our whole darn lives.....

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for as long as i can remember my papa has always called them bdaydas. a lot of people in my family do. i thought it was a joke between us. i didnt know other people said it too! (we're all from ddifferent parts of mass)

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I grew up in Mattapan and then Braintree, and, though I've been accused of using the letter "b" in the word, in my mind I've always said "padaydas." Pronouncing the word "padaydas", however must be preceeded by an adjective (ie. baked padaydas, mashed padaydas, boiled padaydas, etc.) If I'm in the supermaket looking for potatoes though, I ask where the "padaydos" are?

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Though my grandparents would loved to have pahked thie-ah cah-r-in Hahvahd Yahd, the word that always betrayed their Boston roots was b'daydahsThe r-less words passed without note. But b'daydas? That shocked the ear. So Boston.

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TOOOO Funny!! My whole family on my mothers side says b'daydas. They are originally from Allston. I have never heard anyone else call them that except them but I grew up in Southeastern Mass.

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On B'daydas:My grandmother (born 1892) grew up in Worcester (not Worchester, but Wistah) and always said B'daydas. It was my husband that noticed it. He grew up in Hahtfid, Kinneticket. They talk kinda funny theyah.Delia

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My grandmother was also from Canada, and we are Abenaki on that side. I don't know if it's a French-Canadian thing, or an Abenaki thing. Anyone with New England French-Indian roots whose family says b'daydas?Delia

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my mom says this alll the time...and being from central mass where there's little accent we tease her about it =pShe grew up in West Roxbury by the way...

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I grew up in QUIN-zee and it was either b'daydahs or p'daydahs - -- I like the apostrophe to indicate that we swallow that first vowel! My favorite cheer shouted by the Quincy High color guard at Turkey Day games was "Weah gonna smash those Raydahs (the North Quincy Red Raiders) like mashed b'daydahs!"

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Just to let you know , Bob Briggs had the Wee Packet Restuarant in Dennisport 53 yrs. But he was raised in Brockton . I am his daughter in-law , I was raised in Stoughton , and we all say it the same way. B`daydah`s . And by the way for those of you that remember the original Wee Packet and The Briggs family they are all alive and well .

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Hi Heidi Dykeman,Are you the same Heidi Dykeman that used to live on 205th Street in Hollis New York during the 1950's, have a sister Kathy and Peigie, Mom Toni? I lived across the street.Lilybets Lonergan

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I was googling Bob Briggs' Wee Packet (in Dennis Port) & came across this site. As an aside, the Wee Packet was the BEST little restaurant back when we summered on Flakeyard Rd from '53-57. I went back in late 90s and it was still same owner! Sorry to read it has since changed hands. There used to be a HUGE elm right next to the parking lot... hope it still survives.But as for "b'day-diz", I only heard that from 1 or 2 friends (of French-Canadian extraction) from the Fitchburg-Gardner area back in the 60s, and it was creepy to hear it. No one else ever said it that way, so it could've been a class thing, or ethnic thing or whatever. All my other friends, blue- or white-collar, said "p'tatoes".

I and my whole family are

I and my whole family are originally from Whitman MA, moved to Maine when I was little and to Iowa as a teenager. To this day, I say pa'daydas. Moving to the Midwest made me more conscious of how I speak. Everyone out he'ah had a wikid hahd time undahstanding me.