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I Love Boston! What About You? Here Are A Few Tips To Help You Enjoy The City!

Yes, I was born there; yes, I still have family there; and yes, I love Boston and always will. Here are some things that you might not know about this great city:

  • There is no school on School Street
  • There is no court on Court Street
  • There is no dock in Dock Square
  • There is no water on Water Street
  • Back Bay Boston streets are in alphabetical order: 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 the streets are named after poets, you are in Wellesley.
  • Massachusetts Avenue is Mass Ave.
  • Commonwealth Avenue is Comm Ave.
  • South Boston is Southie.

Confused about how to pronounce some of these cities? This guide will help:

  • Worcester : Wuhsta (or Wistah)
  • Gloucester : Glawsta
  • Leicester: Lesta
  • Woburn: Woobun
  • Dedham : Dead-um
  • Revere: Re-vee-ah
  • Quincy: Quinzee
  • Peabody: Pee-ba-dee
  • Chatham: Chaddum

A few definitions you might want to be aware of:

  • Frappes are made with ice cream; milkshakes are not.
  • Pop refers to DAD.
  • The smallest beer is a pint.
  • It is not a water fountain; it is a bubblah.
  • It is not a trashcan; it is a barrel.
  • It is not a shopping cart; it is a carriage.
  • It is not a purse; it is a pockabook.
  • It is not a rubber band; it is an elastic.

The local sports teams:

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

Things you should know:

  • Order the cold tea in China Town after 2:00 am and you will get a kettle full of beer.
  • Bostonians think it is their God-given right to cut off someone in traffic.
  • Bostonians think there are only 25 letters in the alphabet (no Rs, except in idea).
  • Bostonians think three straight days of 90+ temperatures is a heat wave.
  • Bostonians refer to 6 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° ocean water is warm.

I hope these tips help.

  • What is your favorite thing about Boston?
  • What do you like to do when you visit?
  • Do you have a favorite expression that Bostonians say?
  • Do you like the accent?

I look forward to reading your comments.

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