Boston Facts

Information on Boston and the surrounding area:

There’s no school on School Street, no court on Court Street, no dock on Dock Square, no water on Water Street.

If they’re named after poets, you’re in Wellesley.
Massachusetts Ave is Mass Ave; Commonwealth Ave 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 Scollay Square are no more; a guy named
Rappaport got rid of them one night.
Roxbury is The Burry, Jamaica Plain is J.P.

Frappes have ice cream, milkshakes don’t. If it is fizzy and flavored, it’s tonic.
Soda is CLUB SODA.
“Pop” is 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 $6/pound, you got scrod.
It’s not a water fountain; it’s a bubblah.
It’s not a trashcan; it’s a barrel.

It’s not a shopping cart; it’s a carriage.
It’s not a purse; it’s a pockabook.
They’re not franks; they’re haht dahgs. Franks are money in France.

Police don’t drive patrol units or black and whites they drive a “crooza”.
If you take the bus, your on the “looza crooza”.
It’s not a rubber band, it’s an elastic.
It’s not a traffic circle, it’s a rotary.
“Going to the islands” means Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket.
If something’s good, it’s “****a” (I’m not even sure but I think this is “hella”). If something’s
really good, it’s “wicked ****a”.

The Pat’s = The Patriots
The Sox = The Red Sox
The C’s = The Celtics
The B’s = The Bruins

Things not to do:
Don’t pahk your cah in Hahvid Yahd … they’ll tow it to Meffa (Medford) or Slumaville (Somerville).

Don’t sleep in the Common. (Boston Common)

Don’t wear Orange in Southie on St. Patrick’s Day.

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 is also I-95 south. It’s also I-93 north. I hate to admit it took me forever to really get this.

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

Order the “cold tea” in China Town after 2:00 am you’ll get a kettle full of beer.

Bostonians think that it’s their God-given right to cut off someone in traffic.

Bostonians think that there are only 25 letters in the alphabet (no R’s).

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…say everything in town is “a five-minute walk.” (pronounced “wok”)

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.

It’s a rotary not a round about

A packy is a liquor store

Jimmies are the chocolate bits you put on ice cream

If they are different colors they are sprinkles

How to say these Massachusetts city names correctly:
Worcester: Wuhsta (or Wistah)
Gloucester: Glawsta
Leicester: Lesta
Woburn: Wooban
Dedham: Dedim (like denim)
Revere: Re-vee-ah
Quincy: Quinzee
Peabody: Peabuddy
Waltham: Walth-ham
Chatham: Chattum

So…you ready Gwen?


  1. Kate

    October 26, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Pissa. Wicked Pissa. “Hella” is Califnordian. Yeesh. 😉

    1. Robin

      October 26, 2009 at 10:56 am

      @Kate, shows how much of a real Bostonian I really am.

  2. amanda

    October 26, 2009 at 10:57 am

    and let us not forget — strangely the best BBQ in the world comes from Sommerville!

  3. Avitable

    October 26, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Yeah, what Kate said. Jeez, Robin!

  4. Barb

    October 26, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    This is totally cool! Everything I know about Boston I’ve learned from you and Dennis Lehane. :lmao:

  5. Gwen

    October 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I was born ready… (I can’t wait until I talk you guys in to coming here… hehehehe)

  6. Jennifer Lynn

    October 26, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I like reading this stuff out loud….makes me feel like an Italian Mob Boss :gemini:

  7. submom

    October 26, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    This is great as I am flying to Boston (for work) again this Wed. Didn’t know that about the Chinatown (which I’ve never been). Funny, you Bostonians. And could you please explain the fanatic love for Dunkin’ Donuts?! Coffee?!

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