Boston English

By - 6/27/18 - 10:04 am

From "The Answer Guys," Middlesex News, 10/31/93.

The conversation turned, as it so often does in the newsroom, to food. There was Jim eating a sandwich he'd just bought from Sub-Way. Jim, a native Pennsylvanian, casually dropped that where he came from, what he was eating was a hoagie. Other reporters jumped in, in the sort of conversation everybody has surely had at one time or another: how many different names are there for this kind of sandwich? And we quickly exhausted all the possibilities: grinder, sub, hero and, of course, hoagie.

By - 1/29/18 - 11:23 am

The Associated Press sent a story out over the wire about Dana White, a guy from Southie who has gotten rich arranging fights involving people in a cage trying to beat each other up. It's the ultimate success story, but AP's Dan Gelston needs to be put in a cage himself with a guide to Boston English, because he keeps calling White "a Southie." Read more.

By - 11/30/17 - 5:36 pm

Caught in Southie noticed that Forbes is the latest non-local media outlet to get the stupid idea that people who live east of the Expressway are "southies," in an article about this show called SMILF, which is about a Southie mother whom you'd, well, you know: Read more.

By - 11/30/17 - 12:37 am

Faced with a deluge of complaints from the Hub, the food writer who said a new Wahlburgers would let Californians "eat like a Southie" has apologized for the gaffe, but not without adding:

Although in all fairness Southie does sound like a person and not a place.

Via the Globe.

By - 11/27/17 - 11:55 am
Fahts license plate

You have to, um, admire somebody who paid extra to get this plate. Lisa McColgan, who spotted it, is grateful:

My Monday is going to suck less now.

By - 11/9/17 - 1:17 pm

Seems Milwaukee has a bike-share service like Hubway, only named Bublr, as in, yes, a post-dotcom homage to water bubblas, um, bubblers. Read more.

By - 9/10/17 - 12:44 pm

The bridge which is measured in smoots

European Bunny is a math teacher from England, who is here with a math-teacher friend from China. She reports her friend plans to use smoots in a homework assignment now, based in part on the video above.

By - 5/17/17 - 3:50 pm

UMass Amherst practiced some good IT hygiene last week and required students to change their network passwords. Students were sent to a password-change page with helpful password tips, including words not to use:

No popular terms such as umass, redsox, password, etc.

By - 4/18/17 - 5:36 pm

The Times Food Section reports it's heard South Boston residents loud and clear and has updated the online version of its profile of Barbara Lynch to say she is "a fierce daughter of Southie" rather than "a fierce Southie." Read more.

By - 4/17/17 - 5:24 pm

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.

By - 4/16/17 - 11:16 am

Sully & Denise - SNL

Sully and Denise return to the airwaves, even if just for one performance. With shoutouts to the Burlington Mall and, of course, Nohmah.

By - 9/10/16 - 8:13 pm

Tom Hanks in Sully: Miracle on the Hahbah (Boston Edition Parody)

Language NSFW, unless you work on a boat in the harbor, maybe.

H/t Jed Hresko.

By - 9/7/16 - 9:10 am
Weird electronic sign on the Zakim Bridge

MassDOT is up to its Boston English-lovin' ways again, this time to urge college roommates to learn fire escape routes from their dorm rooms, as Sharon McAuliffe shows us this morning.

Earlier:
Use yah blinkah.

By - 8/25/16 - 9:45 am

Manchester By The Sea - Official Trailer | Amazon Studios

Finally, the Boston accent gets the movie it deserves. With requisite bar fight, even.

Compare.

By - 1/22/16 - 9:32 am

Boston Accent Trailer - Late Night with Seth Meyers

But wouldn't "the townie" say "dude" or "khed" instead of "bro"?

H/t Michael Ratty.

By - 12/13/15 - 8:12 pm
Tonic for sale at Tony's in West Roxbury

Tonight's specials show that, when it comes to drinks, Tony's in West Roxbury is old school (right up there with the Pleasant Cafe in Roslindale, which also still offers tonic).

By - 12/4/15 - 3:23 pm

Boston Casting is looking for locals with THICK & AUTHENTIC BOSTON ACCENTS. Somebody forward this to the baby-wheel dude and Jay.

By - 6/25/15 - 7:25 am

The Oxford English Dictionary has added "Masshole" to its lexicon, WCVB reports:

The term was added to the dictionary as a noun and is considered vulgar slang that is "a contemptuous term for a native or inhabitant of the state of Massachusetts."

By - 4/21/15 - 8:07 pm
Stolen Imparla sought in Roslindale Square

Somebody who obviously grew up in the Boston area has posted these signs all around Roslindale Square.