In part one, we discussed what a Boston accent sounds like, to some degree. We also discussed the history, but we didn’t touch on the odd words and word usages that come with the accent. In Boston, there are several words that people don’t typically use the same way elsewhere. Here is a list of some of those words and their meanings.
Wicked – Wicked is a modifier in Boston language. It can be used to demonstrate extra good or bad in anything. “It was wicked big.” pretty much means it was huge. “It was wicked awesome.” means it wasn’t just awesome, but extra awesome.
Chowderhead – Is not a nice thing to call someone.
Bang – To bang something means to do it, in Boston English. “Bang a left.” means take a left. “Bang out that term paper.” means finish your homework.
Bubbler – Is a water fountain for drinking water.
Frappe – Is a milkshake made with ice cream.
Hoodsie – Is a Hood’s ice cream cup. It can actually refer to any ice cream cup brand at this point.
The Hub – Boston
Rotary – A rotary is a traffic circle, which has many other names, such as roundabout, across the country.
Packie – A packie is a liquor store. A packie run is a trip to the liquor store.
Steamer – Steamer is another word for clam.
A Time – A time usually refers to a good time, as in “Boy, we had a time last night.” Can also simply refer to a party.
Statey – A statey is a state police officer.
Blinker — A blinker is a directional in a car, otherwise known as a turn signal.
Book It! – Book it means to run as fast as you can. Can also be used without it, as in “I booked out of the coffee shop.”
Dunkies – Dunkies is a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee shop.
The Irish Riviera – A somewhat derogatory term for the coastal communities from Nantasket Beach to the Cape. Oh, the Cape is Cape Cod, in case you’re from outta state.
Triple Decker – A triple decker is a three family home with three stories.
Mint – Mint is good/perfect. “That car is mint.”
The Pike – The Pike is the Massachusetts turnpike, otherwise known as the Mass. Pike.
P-Town – P-town is Provincetown, a town at the tip of the Cape, um, Cape Cod.
Scrod – None of us really know what scrod is. It could be cod; it could be haddock. Mystery fish, that is what it is.
The T – The T is the Massachusetts train system.
Uey – A uey is a u-turn. Bostonians bang ueys.