What Boston is: The Hub of the Universe. First coined by writer Oliver Wendell Holmes, who actually referred to the State House as the hub of the solar system; for many years, a plaque in the sidewalk in front of Filene's... Read more
Obsolete term for an Irish resident who hoped to be accepted into Brahmin society.
Nuts: "The girl's f---in' hoopie!"
Matt Melillo and Chuck Luongo
How you make a sharp right turn: You hook a right.
Also see: bang
1. A small cup of ice cream, the kind that comes with a flat wooden spoon (from H.P. Hood, the dairy that sells them). KC Black reports: "Part of their charm was on finishing them you'd suck and then fold the wooden spoon risking splintahs from the folded wood." To which Dee Burton adds: "The lid had a brown-tone picture of a movie star... Read more
When a waiter or waitress states the obvious - what they say when they put food in front of you.
The townie look of the '80's with bangs sprayed vertically while the rest of the hair is pulled tightly back in a "Banana Clip" which creates "Gladiator Head."
Also see: Quinzee claw.
Greeting between young men not acquainted with each other, as in this pizza-pahluh exchange: "Whaddle it be, guy? Slice o 'roni and a tonic." The term can only be used between peers or from a superior to a subordinate. If a teenager calls a middle-aged man "guy," he's being deliberately offensive.
Lisa Gordon and Alan Miles
A sub or spuckie. Annette Leonard reports that in Saugus, it is specifically a toasted sub.
Haffenreffer Private Stock Malt Liquor (refers primarily to the 16 oz. bottles).
Tomato sauce. Primarily heard in the over-40 set in East Boston.