October 8, 2012

Got this in an e-mail from my folks the other day. I love all these kinds of regional fun facts, if you have any from your particular region feel free to send them along. Enjoy!

The geographical center of Boston is in Roxbury. Due north of the center we find the South End.

This is not to be confused with South Boston which lies directly east from the South End.

North of the South End is East Boston and southwest of East Boston is the North End.

Harvard Bridge: The bridge connecting Boston and Cambridge via Massachusetts Avenue is commonly known as the Harvard Bridge . When it was built, the state offered to name the bridge for the Cambridge school that could present the best claim for the honor. Harvard submitted an essay detailing its contributions to education in America, concluding that it deserved the honor of having a bridge leading into Cambridge named for the institution.

MIT did a structural analysis of the bridge and found it so full of defects that they agreed that it should be named for Harvard.

Information on Boston and the Surrounding Areas:

There is no school on School Street, no court on Court Street, no dock on Dock Square, and no water on Water Street.

Back Bay Boston streets are in alphabetical awddah: Arlington, Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth , etc. So are South Boston streets: A, B, C, D, etc.

If the streets are named after trees (e.g. Walnut, Chestnut, Cedar), you are on Beacon Hill. If they are named after poets, you are in Wellesley.

Massachusetts Avenue is Mass Ave. Commonwealth Avenue is Comm Ave.

South Boston is Southie. The South End is the South End.

East Boston is Eastie.

The North End is east of the former West End .

The West End and Scully Square are no more; a guy named Rappaport got rid of them one night.

Roxbury is The Burree, Jamaica Plain is J.P.

How to say these Massachusetts city names correctly (Say it wrong and be shunned):

Worcester: Wuhsta (or Wistah)
Gloucester: Glawsta
Leicester: Lesta
Woburn: Woobun
Dedham: Dead-um
Revere: Re -vee-ah
Quincy: Quinzee
Tewksbury: Tooks ber ry
Leominster: Le-min-sta
Peabody: Pee-ba-dee
Waltham: Walth-ham
Chatham: Chaddum
Billerica: Bill-rickuh
Samoset: Sam-oh-set or Sum-aw-set, but nevah Summerset!


Frappes are made with ice cream; milkshakes are not.
If it is carbonated and flavored, it is tonic.
Soda means CLUB SODA.
Pop refers to DAD.
When we want Tonic WATER, we will ask for TONIC WATER.
The smallest beer is a pint.
Scrod is whatever they tell you it is, usually fish.

If you paid more than $7/pound, you got scrod.
It is not a water fountain; it is a bubblah.
It is not a trashcan; it is a barrel.
It is not a spucky, a hero, or a grinder; it is a sub.
It is not a shopping caht; it is a carriage.
It is not a purse; it is a pockabook.
They’re not jeans; they’re dungarees.
They’re not tennis shoes; they’re sneakers.

They are not franks; they are haht dahgs; franks are money used Switzahland.

Police do not drive patrol units or black and whites; they drive a crewza.
If you take the bus, your on the looza crooza.
It is not a rubber band; it is an elastic.

It is not a traffic circle, it is a rotary.

“Going to the islands” means going to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket .

“Going to the Cape” means going to Cape Cod .

The Sox = The Red Sox
The Cs = The Celtics
The Bs = The Bruins
The Pats =The Patriots

Things not to do:

Do not pahk your cah in Hahvid Yahd.
They will tow it to Meffa (Medford) or Summahville (Somerville) .
Do not sleep on the Common. (Boston Common)
Do not wear orange in Southie on St. Patrick’s Day.

Things you should know:

There are two State Houses, two City Halls, two courthouses, and two Hancock buildings (one is very old; one is relatively new). The colored lights on top the old Hancock tell the weatha:

“Solid blue, clear view.”
“Flashing blue, clouds due.”
“Solid red, rain ahead.”
“Flashing red, snow instead.” (except in summer, flashing red means the Red Sox game was rained out!)

Route 128 South is I-95 south. It is also I-93 north.

The underground train is not a subway. It is the T, and it does not run all night (fah chrysakes, this ain’t Noo Yawk).

Order the cold tea in Chinatown after 2:00 am; you will get a kettle full of beer.

And finally….

Bostonians think that it is their God-given right to cut off someone in traffic.
Bostonians think that there are only 25 letters in the alphabet (no Rs, except in “idear”.)
Bostonians think that three straight days of 90+ temperatures is a heat wave.
Bostonians refer to six inches of snow as a dusting.
Bostonians always bang a left as soon as the light turns green, and oncoming traffic always expects it.
Bostonians believe that using your turn signal is a sign of weakness.
Bostonians think that 63 degree ocean water is warm.
Bostonians think Rhode Island accents are annoying.

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 18:14 | Comments (2)
  1. A liberal, a conservative and a moderate walk into a bar. The bartender says, “Hi, Mitt.”

    figured this would make you spit out your pinot grigio.

    Comment by Jana — October 9, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

  2. An African-American, a Muslim, and an illegal immigrant walk into a bar. Bartender looks up and asks, “what’ll you have, Mr. President”?

    Comment by The Great Whire Shank — October 10, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

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