Appendix:Glossary of Boston slang
Boston slang consists of words and phrases of slang originating from and commonly used in Boston, Massachusetts. Though most often used in Boston, the slang can also be heard in other cities of Massachusetts or even other New England states, though not always as frequently. Some terms are less commonly heard outside of the Boston area than others; some are not used at all outside of Boston.
- "A-town" -Arlington, Ma
- alls - common substitute for "all that." ("Alls I know," "alls I want," etc.)
- "Ally-Ally Oxenfree"- A proclamation to players of "Tag" or "Hide-n-Seek", that they may return to a common area free of consequence as it may pertain to the game being played.
- Assachusetts -refers to the dumb laws and politicians we have bred here in Massachusetts.
- the Ave - refers to Dorchester Avenue
- "that's beat"- that sucks. "she's beat"- shes's ugly
- "she's basic"- she's not that pretty or nothing special.
- Bah-gin - got a bahgin at the basement. got a deal/discount at Filenes Basement
- The B's - Reference to the Boston Bruins. The Bruins AHL affiliate from Providence are referred to as the Baby B's.
- B'dayduhs - Potatoes. You can boil them, mash them, or stick them in a stew.
- bagged - arrested; "He got bagged for a DUI."; (Driving Under the Influence)
- the balls - awesome, great; "That concert was the balls."
- bang - to make a left turn (often, "bang a left"; also used often as "bang a U-ie" - make a U turn); sometimes used interchangeably with hang
- bang out - call in sick to work (It's such a nice day, maybe I should bang out and go to the beach.)
- barney - a Harvard student or graduate (used by working class residents of Somerville), apparently in reference to trolley barns near the university.
- barrel - a trash can.
- The Basement - Filene's Basement, a department store in Downtown Crossing.
- Blinker - A car's directional signal, also called a blinkah
- Boogiedown - Derogatory term for the city of Brockton, in reference to its large minority population
- bozo - a pothead; used mostly in South Boston
- Beacon Hill - the Massachusetts government, particularly the State legislature
- Beantown - Boston (never used by Bostonians)
- Benny Hill Community College -Refers to Bunker Hill Community College located in Charlestown, MA
"Biddy" - nickname for Peabody
- [[Big Dig]] - the Central Artery Tunnel Project
- Big PigR -The cost of the Centeral Artery Tunnel Project approximately 15 billion dollars
- Blue Line - one of the four (or five if you include the "Silver" line) "T" subway lines, the Blue LIne starts at Bowdoin and ends at Wonderland. Also used as derogatory slang for example "this cup of coffee tastes like the Blue line" or "Hey Tommy, your girlfriend smells like the Blue line".
- The Bob Loboat - The Boston Harbor Island Ferry that docks in Rowes Wharf
- bobos - Cheap no-name sneakers.
- booted - 1. To be ejected or removed from a building or event. 2. To have one's car be incapacitated by the placement of a lock on one's front wheel, usually due to one's negligence in the payment of parking tickets.
- BoSox - See Sox (Seldom used within New England except by sportscasters and writers, national slang to differentiate from the ChiSox, or White Sox of Chicago. Used regionally to differentiate from the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox, aka the PawSox.)
- The Boys - the cops, the police
- Brahmin - Boston Brahmin
- Bricka - Referring to the city of Billerica (Alternatively: "Somerville with trees")
- Brownie - refers to L Street Brownies, a group famous for swimming in frigid ocean waters during the winter time based at the L Street Bathhouse in South Boston
- breakdown lane - right margin or shoulder on highways used for broken down vehicles. Cars can drive in the breakdown lane at certain hours on some Massachusetts highways.
- Bruins Chicks - Young female Boston Bruins Hockey Team fans, during the period of 1979-1994 (approximately). Notorious for their big hair, Bruins replica jerseys, and rowdy behavior. Mostly hailing from North Shore communities of Massachusetts.
- Bubbler (Pronounced Bubblah) This is the Boston Specific word for a water fountain or water cooler.
- bulkhead - ' - outdoor entrance to the basement / cellar.
- Bury - The Roxbury section of Boston
- The Charles" - The Charles River
- The Cape - Cape Cod
- carriage - a baby stroller. A big one.
- down cella - refers to down in the basement of a house
- chowdah [chowder] - New England clam chowder, or occasionally fish chowder. Never, never, the Manhattan variety of clam chowder.
- chowderhead (sometimes chowdahead) - Often refers to a New Englander, at one time meant a person to laugh at or stupid person but has evolved to be a lighter term that has been embraced by those to whom it refers.
- Chucky's Place -refers to the Suffork County Jail which was formerly located on Charles St.
- Chuck Town -refers to Charlestown. Also known as C-Town.
- City of Sin - Lynn, Massachusetts, from the rhyme "Lynn, Lynn, city of sin, you never come out the way you went in." Refers to the City's criminal reputation.
- Clicker TV remote
- Comm Ave - Commonwealth Avenue
- The Common - referring to Boston Common. Dating from 1634, it is the oldest city park in the United States.
- The Combat Zone - the red light district of Boston that used to exist between Downtown Crossing and Chinatown, now refurbished
- Cow Hampshire - somewhat derogatory term for New Hampshire, referring to the perceived abundance of cows, can also used to represent any rural area in New England that is not necessarily in New Hampshire
- cruiser - a police car, or a Ford Crown Victoria
- Chucklehead - derogatory term for a local idiot
- Cumbys - refers to the convenient store chain Cumberland Farms
- Dawchestahh - Dorchester, Massachusetts
- Dewey - Dwight Evans, former Right Fielder for the Red Sox who won eight Gold Gloves, also used as a term meaning (DUI) Driving Under The influence. "Yeah Man I caught a Dewey".
- Deluxebury - Duxbury, Massachusetts, affluent south shore town. Part of the Irish Riviera.
- directional - noun., turn signal
- Dirty-E - noun., Everett, Massachusetts
- "Dirty Ham" - noun Framingham, Massachusetts
- docksiders (pronounced "docksidahs") - noun, brown boat shoes
- Dot - Dorchester, Massachusetts
- Dot Ave - Dorchester Avenue
- Dot Rat - Dorchester, Massachusetts A native of Dorchester who can't escape.
- down cellar (pronounced "down sullah") - adj., contraction of "down in the cellar", refers to being located in the basement.
- Down East - A section of the Maine coast that is actually north of Boston
- down the Cape - Referring to going to or being at Cape Cod
- draw - drawer
- d-tech - An undercover police car
- Dunkies - Dunkin' Donuts
- "Dunks" - Dunkin' Donuts
- Dungarees - Denim pants
- Eastie - East Boston (Used almost exclusively by people from East Boston)
- The E - the predominantly Irish neighborhood of East Milton.
- "E C"- East Cambridge
- "Elastic"- Rubber band
- Fall River Tuxedo - A sport jacket over a hooded sweatshirt
- "the five and ten" - a small store in Arlington heights; also one in East Arlington
- the flat of the Hill - the portion of Beacon Hill between Charles Street and Storrow Drive
- flurries Small snow shower
- frappe [pron. frap] - what some might erroneously refer to as a "milkshake"; the term milkshake has a separate use (see below)
- The Fair--old fashioned agricultural fair held in Marshfield every summer since 1858.
- "The Fairy Ferry" - the fast ferry between Boston and Provincetown, MA
- Field Day - To take advantage of a situation; to bring to an extreme, i.e. "I dropped a five dollah bill, and the bums had a field day."
- Fah Daze- For days, an excessive amount of; or lasts forever. i.e. "This traffic goes on fah daze." "I went out drinkin last night and slept fah daze."
- The Gahden - a reference to the Boston Garden or the TD Garden, home of the Boston Celtics and the Boston Bruins
- The Gas Tank - A large, painted gas storage tank in Dorcester along Rt. 93.
- Glocksbury or Robbury - Derogatory term for Roxbury
- good shit - An agreeable, non-threatening person. "I've got no problem with Mikey, he's a good shit."
- Greastie - Derogatory term for East Boston or Eastie, referring to its Italian and Latino population
- Greenie - Irish worker of the present who is in the U.S. illegally. This is interesting because it refers to the worker as Irish, i.e. "green" and new to the area i.e. "green" but also references their immigration status in an ironic fashion. A documented permanent resident non-citizen worker in the U.S. would have a green card visa, which these folks lack.
- Gump - an outdated term for dunce or nitwit. "What a gump that guy is!"
- ."Glosta" - a nickname for the oldest fishing port, Gloucester
- Glochestah- a nickname for the oldest fishing port, Gloucester
- "Hahf-Ahst" - When something is done without much attention to detail, it is referred to as "hahf-ahst"
- Han Francisco - A nickname for Hanover, mocking names like "Marsh Vegas"
- The Heights - Usually refers to the Chestnut Hill main campus of Boston College. Also short for Arlington Heights, an area in the west side of Arlington. Might be used in a sentence like: "I'll meet you at Brigham's, up the Heights." It can also refer an area in North Medford. Can also be used in reference to the Orient Heights section of East Boston.
- the Hill - Beacon Hill or Mission Hill or Winter Hill in Somerville.
- The Big Hole -referring to the Central Artery Project (The Big Dig) when all construction was on stanby.
- Hoodsie (1) - A small cup of vanilla and chocolate ice-cream from the HP Hood Company. Eaten with a thin wooden spoon that comes with the Hoodsie. Also called a Hoodsie cup
- hoodsie (2) - In neighborhoods such as South Boston and Dorchester it refers to a precocious minor female who tries to appear older or wants to date older teenage boys or young men. The term is considered derogatory: "He'll get bagged if he keeps dating that hoodsie." One popular explanation says that the expression comes from the idea that the small cup a Hoodsie ice cream treat comes in is the same size as the bra cup of a hoodsie. A second popular, but more off-color explanation refers to HP Hood's one-time advertising slogan for the Hoodsie ice cream treat: "Short and sweet and good to eat."
- Hopper - the toilet, in particular when used to take a dump. (pronounced, "Hoppah")
- Hosies - claim of first right, used in the same way as "dibs." For example, "I got hosies on the front seat."
- The Hub - Boston; shortened from Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.'s phrase The Hub of the Solar System (often misremembered as Universe) (seldom used in conversation, but seen often in writing and advertisements, e.g. in the Boston Globe)
- Hoodie - slang term for a hooded sweatshirt
- different view - Hoodsie would also have the connotation of a young teen-age girl that sits on the hood of a car. Either to look cool to her friends, or portray herself as being older and sophisticated because she's 'sitting on the hood of a car'.
- Irish Battleship - A three-story, three-family house. See also triple decker
- the Irish Riviera - the South Shore coastal suburbs to the southeast of Boston such as Hingham, Braintree, Weymouth and especially Marshfield (see "Marsh Vegas") , Squantum and Scituate.
- Igit - Short for Idiot. "Dude, you're a freakin' igit, kid."
- Jamaica Spain - The Jamaica Plain area in Boston, so named because of its large Spanish-speaking population
- The Jetties - refers to Jetties Beach in Nantucket
- jimmies - chocolate sprinkles
- JP - Jamaica Plain. Also known as The JP .
- Jumbo - nickname for a student of Tufts University after their mascot "Jumbo" the elephant. Especially someone on a Tufts athletic team. "Dumbo" is the derogatory version of this name- someone who pulled strings to get into the school or admission by athletics.
- kid, "khed"- referred to a person, adolescent. "I was dating this kehd" "whateva kehd"
- lace curtain Irish- a person of Irish descent who is moving up the social ladder; ("After they moved to the Point, they became lace curtain Irish.")
- the Leather District - the neighborhood surrounding South Street in Boston, east of Chinatown.
- "Let's go, Southie, let's go!" - rallying cry for South Boston High School, used by anti-integration activists during the Boston busing crisis
- "light dawns on Marblehead" - used when a dense person finally realizes something. Also any variation such as, "Dawn breaks on Marblehead."
- "LexVegas" - nickname for the town of Lexington.
Lil B Town - nickname for Burlington , Massachusetts
- "Menots" - Menotomy Rocks Park in Arlington, Ma
- Mad - As in "mad cool". Means very. See "wicked"
- Maine-iac - derogatory term for Maine driver or resident, on par with Masshole; also a member of the Maine airforce or the airforce itself. A title born with pride by the natives, similar to Floridians.
- Man's Greatest Hospital - Massachusetts General Hospital (alternatively, the medical-industrial complex)
- Marsh Vagas - Also known as Marshfield.
- Mass Ave - Massachusetts Avenue, A prominent thouroughfare running from the South End of Boston through Cambridge, Arlington and Lexington
- Massatoilet Community College -refers to Massasoit Community College located in Brockton, MA
- Massholes - derogatory term for residents of Massachusetts, especially of Boston drivers (popular in New Hampshire and Maine), now sometimes worn as a badge of honor by life-long residents of the state, especially when visiting Northern New England.
- "Meffa" Me'fah or Med'fah - Medford, Massachusetts; an exaggerated pronunciation of the way the city's name is supposed to sound when it's pronounced by its residents; even though no one in Medford's history have ever pronounced it that way, people living in Greater Boston will refer to the city by that name. Medford, which is next to Boston, has a very thick distinct accent and residents generally pronounce it "Medfid" or "Meffid".
- The Monster, or The Monstah - Fenway Park's 37 foot left field wall, also known as The Green Monster
- The Mother Church - The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, both the actual building in the Back Bay and, among Christian Scientists, the church institution headquartered there.
- mum- mom
- Muggie - Very humid .... Wicked Muggie = EXTREMELY humid
- Mumbles - Long-time Boston mayor Thomas Menino, known for his malapropisms.
- Murderpan - derogatory name for Mattapan, MA
- Nantrashket or Nantrashbasket - Nantasket Beach the dirtiest, trashiest and best beach on the South Shore.
- NashVegas - Nashua, NH
- New B or New Beige - New Bedford
- The Nines - The 99 Restaurant, one of which can be found in just about every reputable suburb of Boston.
- "No suh!" [No sir, compare "no sirree"] - "No way!". The appropriate response is "Ya suh!"
- Nor'easter - A strong winter storm with winds emanating from the northeast. A bad Northeaster is like a winter hurricane
- The Orange Dinosaur - A Big orange dinosaur on Rt. 1 Saugus, part of a mini-golf course & batting cages.
- "Off-Cape" - Anything off of Cape Cod (to Cape Codders).
- Off the Boat - Used to describe a European immigrant, usually from Ireland
- P-town - Provincetown, Massachusetts
- packie (also package store) - liquor store
- parlor - the living room in a house
- parish - designation of a neighborhood based on particular Catholic Churches, as in "What parish are you from?"
- Pats - the New England Patriots (The Patsies when they're losing)
- the People's Republic - Cambridge (alternatively, seven square miles surrounded by reality)
- pizza pillows - pizza rolls
- Pesky's Pole - the right field foul pole in Fenway Park, named after Red Sox infielder Johnny Pesky.
- piazza - refers to the porch on a triple-decker house
- The Pike - the Massachusetts Turnpike, also the Mass Pike
- pissa (1) - good: "You hit the Lottery? That's pissa man." Commonly used in conjunction with wicked;
- pissa! (2) - used as an exclamation when something goes wrong: "Oh pissa!", he shouted as his car keys fell down the storm drain.
- The Pit - A gathering place outside the Harvard Square MBTA Station, known for its eclectic mix of street performers, rowdy teenagers, homeless people and others.
- the Point - the City Point area of South Boston. The term is also used for Jefferies Point in Eastie East Boston, Massachusetts. This also refers to the Point Shirley section of Winthrop, MA. In contrast, "The Point" is also a rather poor and seedy neighborhood in Salem, MA.
- Portuguese Tuxedo or New Bedford Tuxedo - A premium soccer warm up suit under sport jacket.
- "Polar" - referring to Polar Beverages, the local soda company in Worcester with the big inflatable polar bear named Orson.
- The Pru or The Prud - The Prudential Center
- The Pan - derogatory name for mattapan
- The "Rat'ler"- The subway
- Red Sox Nation - a term for the collective group of Sox fans that span the US and beyond, generally used by the local media. Red Sox Nation is seen in the immense crowds of Sox fans that gather even at visiting parks.
- Reefer Tech - Otherwise known as the Joseph P. Keefe Technical School located in Framingham. Popular in the mid 1970s through the early 1980s.
- Regular/Regulah - A coffee order at Dunkies/any coffee place that means 'with cream and sugar.' "I'll take a lahge regulah."
- Retarded/Retahdid - it is generally used with a negative connotation, although it is not as derogatory as in many other regions. Often preceded by "wicked," as in "He's wicked retahdid."
- The Rez - Short for the reservoir (swimming hole of whatever town you are in).
- Ripper - a kegger or a big, wild party
- The River - the Charles River
- Road Soda - A beer you drink while driving around. Also known as a "roadie". "Dude, I grabbed a couple of roadies for the ride to the bah."
- Rocketown - nickname for the town of Reading, referring to the rocket mascot
- Rossie, Rozzie - Roslindale
- Rotary - what would be known as a traffic circle or a roundabout elsewhere
- Route 9 High - Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley. The campus is on or near Route 9.
- I'm sheets" - tired, ready for bed. Bedford, Mass
- Salt and Pepper Bridge - the Longfellow Bridge, crosses the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge, named because the towers on the bridge resemble salt and pepper shakers.
- Severe - A term used when referring to the town of Revere
- Sick nasty - see ill. As in that stunt in the movie was sick nasty. i loved it!
- shanty Irish - poor or working class person of Irish descent.
- shiesty - A term meaning someone or something is shady or sketchy. "Those kids standing on the corner are wicked shiesty." Or "The food here looks wicked shiesty"
- the shit- something or someone thats awesome
- shtetl- referring to the town of Sharon
- "that's was sick"- that was awesome. "that's sick"-that's awesome.
- skid - a loser or lowlife. "His brother is a real skid."
- skidder - referring to someone who bums (borrows) money from friends. Pronounced "skiddah"
- "Slamherst" - Used to describe UMass Amherst.
- "Slam pig" - A skank, overly slutty female
- Slummerville - A derogatory term for Somerville, referring to its working-class population and reputation for crime. Also Scummerville.
- Slush - An icy Boston area treat.... similar to Italian ice... popular flavors are lemon and blue vanilla
- Smells 'n' Bells - The Church of the Advent, an Anglo-Catholic parish on Beacon Hill noted for its high church liturgy
- smoot - a unit of measurement used to mark the length of the Harvard Bridge. Also used as a point of reference by MIT students; ("Are you past the 182 (smoot mark) yet?" "Nah, we're still in Hell.")
- scully - a driving cap or an ivy cap that has a snap-button front; often pronounced as "scahlly."
- smuck - lopsided; usually used by children to describe uneven teams ("These teams are smuck.") Can also be used as a verb ("We smucked 'em.") Mostly used on North Shore.
- SoBro - South Brookline. Used as a term of pride by teenage residents of the area.
- So don't I - pleonasm  used to agree with a statement; a replacement for "So do I" or "Me, too"; ("I like the Red Sox." "So don't I.")
- Southie - South Boston; also used for residents of the area
- spa - neighborhood shop that sells groceries, soda fountain drinks, sandwiches (or other prepared food) and miscellaneous notions. Spas of this sort include the Hillside Spa Cardoza Brothers, on Hancock Street, or the Thurston's Spa (aka "Johnnies") in Somerville, Lenny's Spa in East Boston, MA.
- spuckie - submarine sandwich, or the bread it was made with. Rarely used anymore. Replaced by "sub".
- SoWa - the southern portion of Washington Street in Boston. A term created by the real estate industry and not used in common speech.
- Sox (also The Sox) - tPhe Boston Red Sox; pronounced "socks" or "sawx"
- The Square - Harvard Square
- Stab'n Kill - A derogatory term for the Dorchester neighborhood of Savin Hill. The term refers to a past history of violence in that neighborhood.
- Stackjack - A short, broad-chested male with a short haircut.
- statie - Massachusetts State Police Trooper; also called a Trooper (pronounced: Troopah)
- suppaahh - refers to dinner
- Slampig - Equivalent to a whore or slut. "That chick's been a slampig."
- Skeezah - [skee-zer] Used when describing a drug addict; typically used in reference to a "druggie slut." (also see "slampig")
- The T - the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority; also used for services run by the MBTA, particularly the Subway. Taken from the MBTA's logo, a block-letter T within a circle.
- Taxachusetts - derogatory political state title and comparative reference to the limited taxation of neighboring New Hampshire
- The Teddy or The Ted - The Ted Williams Tunnel
- "This fuckin guy..." a phrase used when everyone in a group sees an obvious loser.
- Tek - Red Sox catcher / captain Jason Varitek
- three-way - term for what you order on a roast beef sandwich, referring to cheese, sauce and mayo. (example: "I'll have a junior three-way and a medium coke.")also "all aorund.
- time - A retirement or going-away party; ("Did you hear Sully's retiring?" "Yeah, they're having a time for him down Florian Hall.") Also refers to political fundraisers.
- The Tip - The Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Tunnel
- kids a tool" - the person is a loser
- The Town - Refers to the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston
- tonic - Soft drink, soda or pop. Not the same thing as Tonic water
- "tonguebahth" _ bedford, Ma term used by a guy to describe a hot girl.
- Tory Row - historic neighborhood of Cambridge, home to prominent British sympathizers before the American Revolution
- townie - In the strictest sense, a resident of Charlestown, Massachusetts; or more broadly someone from Somerville or South Boston or the other Irish-Catholic enclaves of Boston and surrounding areas. Also used as an adjective for the accent of those areas, or to describe a person who shares many characteristics with the residents of those areas. Occasionally, a person who was born/lived their life/died in the same town, village or 'burb, and whose family has lived in the town for many generations. A resident of a college town who is not affiliated with the college (more used by non-local college students than by Boston area residents).
- triple decker - a three-story, three-family house, also called a "three decker".
- Triple Eagle - Someone who has graduated from Boston College High School, Boston College, and Boston College Law School. Taken from the fact that all three schools use the eagle as a mascot.
- Upper Mass Ave - the stretch of Massachusetts Avenue that runs north through North Cambridge from Harvard Square toward the town of Arlington.
- Up Mt. Auburn, under the tree - Referring to a deceased person. Example: "Where's your mom?" "Shes up Mt. Auburn, under the tree"
- Up the Conah - A popular hang out spot in most Boston Neighborhoods. Neighborhoods such as Southie were infamous for the crowds of young kids hanging out in front of their block's corner store and protected it as their own.
- U-ie - a u-turn while driving. Also sometimes called a "u-dog". Almost always used with the verb bang, as in "After this next light, bang a U-ie and then take a right."
- The Vineyard - Martha's Vineyard, pronounced Mahtha's Vinyid
- The Village - Adams Village, Irish encleave in Dorchester
- whateva - whatever
- Wake - Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield
- (The) Wake - Wakefield (Used only by residents of Wakefield.)
- Wake Vegas or Tha Dirty Dirty Wake Vegas-Wakefield (Used by teens in Wakefield to describe how Wake Vegas is where the fun never stops, because the fun never started.)
- Westie - West Roxbury (Used only by residents. Most commonly referred to as simply West Roxbury)
- White Man -refers to the town of Whitman
- Whitey - refers to Mr. James Bulger
- whoopie pie - a pastry first sold commercially at the Berwick Cake Factory in Dudley Square, Roxbury
- wicked - very; or occasionally cool. Used indiscriminately, can modify anything (e.g.: especially "Wicked pissa." ; also"Wicked good." "Wicked bad." "Wicked boring.", etc.). Almost always used as an adverb, rather than an adjective; some Bostonians feel it is grammatically improper not to put an adjective or verb after "wicked".
- Wiffle - a short haircut given to boys and young men usually in the summer, a buzz cut.
- Williamsburg - the addition of the bullpens to right-center field at Fenway Park for Ted Williams
- The Wood - Refers to the suburban town of Westwood.
- The Woo-ha or Wormtown or Wistah - Refers to the city of Worcester.
- The Wu, Woobin - Woburn, Mass. Used by woburnites.
- "The Chedda" - Winchester, Mass. Used by people from Winchester
- yah huh- very determined, "yes"
- Yaz - Carl Yastrzemski, long-time left fielder for the Red Sox. "Big Yaz Bread" was a loaf of bread similar to Wonder Bread sold locally after the Red Sox' pennant winning season of 1967.
- Yiz - Plural form of "you." As in, "All a yiz bettah be in the cah by the time I count to fou-ah"
- Zoomass - Used to describe University of Massachusetts Amherst for the student body's rowdy behavior. Also known as "The Zoo"
- The Zakim - The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge over the Charles River, on I-93 through the city.