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A city next to Sommaville. People on the north side of the city pronounce it "Medfid."

Well, or so we've been told. We received this urgent message: "I'm Alicia, from Meffid, and I want to cleah somthin' up right now. I have a B.A. English Lit., from U-Mass, and a Master's in elementary education from Lesley, but most impohtantly, I have a diploma from Meffid High School. I have been down the squayah, down the Mall, and up Fulton Heights tryin' to get this thing cleahed up. It is not and never was MEFFA! It is and always has been MEFFID. I will gatha signachas. I will shout this fact from any table at Papa's down the squayah (Papa Gino's Meffid Squayah)."

But then we got this note from Daak Madison, another local: "I guess I'm a weirdo, but I say Medfid. And if I'm talking to officials of any kind or strangers who I'm sure don't know their way around, I say Medferd."

And we recently heard from an ex-Medford resident who adds: I grew up in Meffid but now live in the suburbs of Concord. Whenever I tell people where I'm from, they will correct MY pronunciation and say "Oh you mean MEFFAH". People who grew up in Meffid know how it's pronounced! This is a source of constant irritation to those of us who grew up in Meffid and needs to be corrected. Townies unite!"