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Local Lexicon

Written by Ysmay.

Ever been someplace new and can't for the life of you figure out what someone just said? And they were supposedly speaking English? Herewith some terms you might hear around Boston and environs. Think there's some we should add to the list? Let us know! Send us a tweet @MetroSeeker.

American chop suey

Not in any way related to Chinese food, this is a concoction of elbow macaroni with hamburg (ground beef), tomato sauce, and some green pepper and onion. This dish is called "goulash" in Rochester, NY.

The Basement

Filene's Basement, a department store in Downtown Crossing.

Bankin

The river bank, or a small hill.

Barrel

What you put the rubbish in.

The Bury

Roxbury.

The B's

The Bruins, Boston's NHL team.

The Cape

Cape Cod.

Carriage

The wheeled device in which you transport your groceries around the store.

Coffee regular

Caffeinated coffee with cream and sugar. If you want it with nothing added, order a black coffee.

Combat Zone

Boston's all-but-gone red light district.

Common

The green in the center of the town. Called a town square elsewhere, or a plaza in New Mexico.

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Cumbies

The convenient store chain Cumberland Farms.

D-Tech

An undercover cop car. Apparently in Boston they have a certain identifiable quality about them.

Deluxebury

Refers to the affluent neighborhood of Duxbury, Massachusetts.

Dawchestah

Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Down Cella or Down Sella

The basement of a building.

Docksidahs

Brown boat shoes.

Dunkies

Dunkin' Donuts.

Eastie

East Boston.

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Frappe

Pronounced "frap" this term refers to a milkshake.

Grinder

Sub. Grinder replaced the more archaic "spuckie."

Igit

Idiot.

Jamaica Spain

Jamaica Plain, which has a large Hispanic population. Also known as "JP."

Jimmies

Ice cream sprinkles.

Lace-Curtain Motherfucker

A person of Irish descent who has climbed up the social ladder.

From The Departed:

Billy Costigan: You a psychiatrist?
Dignam: Well, if I was I'd ask you why you're a Statie making 30 grand a year. And I think if I was Sigmund fuckin' Freud I wouldn't get an answer. So tell me, what's a lace-curtain motherfucker like you doing in the Staties?
Billy Costigan: Families are always rising or falling in America, am I right?

Massholes

Massachusetts residents, often used to refer to the horrible Massachusetts drivers.

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Medical Industrial Complex

Massachusetts General Hospital.

Noreaster

The winter equivalent of a hurricane. Buckets and buckets of precipitation generally coming from the northeast.

Packie

Liquor store.

Pissa

Good.

Ripper

A wild party generally involving keg stands and jello shots.

Roadie

Also known as a "road soda" a roadie is a beer you drink while driving, often to the bar.

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Rotary

A traffic circle. Throughout the majority of the country traffic circles are known as "roundabouts."

Rubbish

Trash.

Shiesty

Used to denote degrees of shadiness depending on whether or not it's preceded by the term "wicked." "Wicked shiesty" equates to California's "hella shady."

Smuck

Uneven.

Spa

A neighborhood store that sells groceries, soda, and sometimes makes sandwiches. (Submitted by Bruce Irving)

Spuckie

Sub. Replaced by the more common "grinder."

Wicked

The Boston equivalent to California's "hella" but unlike California residents, Bostonites aren't trying to turn "wicked" into scientific notation. Wicked means either "bad ass" or "very" depending on context.

"That show's wicked." = That show is bad ass.

"Those bros are wicked shiesty." = Those men are very shady.

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