Massachusetts Local Customs

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Massachusetts Local Customs

  • Speaking Bostonian

    Boston Local Customs

    Visitors from outside of New England are often confounded by local pronunciations, especially of Massachusetts cities and towns. Here’s a guide that’ll help you sound like a local: City: Pronunciation: Worcester WUH – stuh; also acceptable: WIS – tuh Just remember not to pronounce any r’s in Worcester and you’ll be fine. Leominster LEH – min...

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  • Interacting with the Bostonian

    Boston Local Customs

    If you look like a tourist,wearing shorts downtown with a camera strung around your neck, you'll be treated as a nuisance, in the way of people going about their own business, unless you happen upon an unusually unhurried and benevolent soul. Bostonians and their buildings are not animals in a historical zoo. The same goes for trips to Lexington...

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  • Eating & Drinking in Boston

    Boston Local Customs

    Boston is known as a famous Seafood City in New England and there are an abundance of assorted fishes and crustaceans which you can eat and various cooking styles to cook it, but easily the most numerous and most popular will be the battered and fried assorted seafood! tons and tons of large scallops, squid, clams, oysters, fish fillets like cod or...

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  • Holidays and Festivals

    Boston Local Customs

    I was hosted in Boston by my Italian friends, who happen to have only Italian or Hispanic friends!! Therefore, there was an interesting mix of cultures during our Easter lunch. First off, for us people of Mexican origin Easter isn't a very important holiday and we don't make special lunches or dinners with family/friends... but this does seem to...

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  • History

    Boston Local Customs

    I hope you all enjoy this story and lesser known piece of historic trivia as much as I did when it was told to me. To the left of the New State House is a solitary statue of a true Boston Patriot. He is General Hooker, and the story that follows is the real deal on how our 'Lady's of the Night' got their official name. For those still shaking your...

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  • Boston Sports

    Boston Local Customs

    Since 1965, every October in Cambridge, MA celebrates The Head of the Charles regatta. This is a Rowing competition on the Charles River and draws a huge crowd. How huge? It is held the same day as the annual Harvard-Yale football game and and blow the attendance away by thousands.

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  • Boston Red Sox vs. Yankees

    Boston Local Customs

    Yup. Its true. Like everywhere you go there are fans of teams that are smart and know the game and then those that are just plain mor-ons. Most Boston fans fall into the mor-on category. These idiots will chant Yankees Svck when the Yanks are 10 games in front and playing on the west coast instead of the playing the Bo-Sux. It is a great rivalry...

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  • Old Hancock Beacon & Weather Forecast

    Boston Local Customs

    When walking around in Boston, to get the weather forecast all you have to do is look at the light on the Old John Hancock building. There is a poem that can tell you how to decode the signals: Steady blue, clear view. Flashing blue, clouds due. Steady read, rain ahead. Flashing red, snow instead. (or in summer, Red Sox game is cancelled)

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  • Politics

    Boston Local Customs

    Boston is pretty divided, you won't know who's a republican or a democrat, and that last election was hell on this city.We even had a very expensive Democratic Convention. Don't even mebtion it, it's depressing to everyone cuz we are all freaked out over the war...

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  • Parking Etiquette

    Boston Local Customs

    Parking in Boston is at a premium. During a snowstorm, you will often see an empty space with a chair or some other object sitting there. This is our way of saving a space that we spent hours in the cold shoveling. To park here is about the most dangerous thing your car can do, and there is a 100% chance your car will not be the same as when you...

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  • Religion

    Boston Local Customs

    HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, BOSTON, MA. was founded in 1844, as a "National Church". A Catholic typically belongs to the parish closest to where he or she lives. Not so with a "National Church". Any Catholic of German extraction who belongs to the Archdiocese of Boston, can elect to be a member of Holy Trinity Parish, regardless of where he or she...

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  • Cinema

    Boston Local Customs

    The Embassy Cinema is a comparatively cool cinema. Featuring a mix of independent film, foreign language cinema and Hollywood favorites and is close to many restaurants in Moody St. Parking is free after 6pm Six screens. We saw Billy Elliot, there is usually something a little less mainstream to see there.

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  • The Beantown Faux Pas

    Boston Local Customs

    You may think it's clever to call Boston by its nickname, "Beantown". The name probably came from one of the popular local favorite, baked beans, back in colonial days. Nowadays, noone around here calls Boston that any more, and the locals are liable to get upset if you do. "Hub", as in "hub of the universe", is an acceptable alternative. While...

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  • Boston Rock

    Boston Local Customs

    Boston have its long history of almost all, but for me it will always be these few things: The Boston Celtics Basketball team (Check my sports tip.) And some rock music from Boston. The legendary band Boston The Cars The great talented and lovely with the velvet voice Aimee Mann The alternative rock band Throwing Muses And from that band %L

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  • Public Demonstrations

    Boston Local Customs

    While we were walking in Boston Common several supporters of Scott Brown asked us to vote for him. My wife explained we were New Yorkers and had no say in the politics of Massachusetts but wished her fellow Republicans good luck in the Senate race. Our votes obviously cancel each other out with my being a Democrate and she being a Republican.

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  • If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

    Yankee mentality is the old adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." What that means is that Yankees are slow to accept new ideas. They enjoy jokes that make fun of themselves or others and the weather (and how bad it is) is always a great conversation starter. I lived in Massachusetts for most of the first 30 years of my life so I know how we,...

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  • Clam Chowdah

    Mmmm. There's nothing better than real New England clam chowder. Just about everyone here eats it, at least those of us who don't have shell fish allergies. Good clam chowder has real clams in it, along with potatoes and sometimes bits of celery or onions in a rich, fragrant cream base. It's good with those little oyster crackers and lots of...

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  • Driving in Massachusetts 101

    When I'm driving around town or on the highway or wherever I can always spot a driver from out of state. This is not because of their license plates. No, it's usually because they engage in strange behaviors like using turn signals and allowing other drivers to pass in front of them. Needless to say, Mass drivers are among the worst on earth. Not...

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  • Massachusetts Chocolate Chip Cookie

    "Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside." Mark TwainDedicated to Stephen & Karen (Stephen-KarenConn)Ruth Wakefield of Whitman, Massachusetts, made the first Chocolate Chip Cookies in 1930. [She dropped chocolate chips into plain butter cookies.]Here's the Massachusetts Recipe:1/2 cup...

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  • Boston Accent & Massachusetts Vocabulary

    Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people." William Butler YeatsWhen I first heard John F. Kennedy say such words as "renewed vigah" (vigor) and the island of "Cuber" (Cuba), I was baffled. Then, I realized he was from Massachusetts; thus, the letter "r" is added to words that end with a vowel sound such as "a or o". The...

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  • What Do Bostonians Do For Fun and...

    "I played before the greatest fans in baseball, the Boston Fans." Ted Williams, baseball playerAlthough we didn't visit all these places, we were told by locals, these are the places to go for fun & entertainment. Christian Science Center is one we did visit. There is this "cool" large bright, stained glass globe of the world called "Mapparium"...

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  • Boston is More Than Beans and Cod!

    Only Bostonians can understand Bostonians." Henry Adams I'm sure that you've heard Boston called "Beantown". Did you ever wonder why? Well you have to go back to the first settlers of Boston, the Puritans. Puritans worked hard all week long & rested on the Sabbath where no cooking was allowed. So, on Saturday, they would prepare a pot of beans and...

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  • state symbols

    The state tree is the American Elm. (it was almost wiped out by the Dutch Elm Disease).The state flower is (of course) the Mayflower.The state bird is the Chickadee.state nicknames are "cradle of liberty" (reference to the American Revolution) and "bay state" (reference to Cape Cod)The state motto is: "Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem" (By...

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  • Lobster

    Lobster is the most famous food in Massachusetts and the whole of New England. It is caught along the east coast. Notice the lobster trap floats in different colors. Every lobster trap owner has its own color. This makes it easy to know which trap belongs to whom.

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  • Tipping

    Tipping is more or less compulsory. In restaurants, waiters expect around 10% to 20%, as do taxi drivers, while porters and bellboys anticipate around 1 or 2 USD per piece of luggage. You are not expected to tip in fast-food restaurants or cinemas.

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  • 3 most "you know you're in MA." ice...

    The 3 most "you know you're in Mass." ice cream flavors are:Curse Reversed "Reverse the Curse" ice cream was renamed "Curse Reversed" when the Red Sox won the World Series. Retarded...yet true. vanilla ice cream with chocolate-covered peanuts and fudge sauceWicked Chocolate Yep. There's that word "wicked" again.Chocolate with fudge and brownie...

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  • Scrod

    Scrod is what my mother usually orders in seafood restaurants, along with a tonic. Scrod is not on many menus outside of the New England area. So, what is a Scrod? It is a young cod or haddock. Okay, so why are cod and haddock also listed separately on the menu? Well, Scrod is basically the white fish "catch of the day". So cod, scrod, and haddock...

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  • Pahk the cah in Hahvahd Yahd

    Sorry to burst your bubble but you can't actually park your car in Harvard Yard, regardless of the pronunciation. There are variations of pronunciations even among New Englanders. It may be "Hahvid" or "Hahvud". Then there are those who attempt to overcompensate by over-pronouncing the "R" sound resulting in "HaRRvaRRd". I call these people...

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  • Subs and Grinders

    Both of these words mean the same thing: a sandwich on French bread, the same thing that a hero means in Philly. But depending on which part of Massachusetts you're in you may hear one or the other. If your near Boston it's a sub, if you're west of Worcester it's a grinder. Now you know.

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  • Package Stores, Variety Stores, and Spas

    If you drive around Massachusetts you will often see shops with one or more of these names on them. The simplest is the variety store, which means the same thing as convenience store. I'm not sure why they're called this, but they just are. When I was a little kid there was a boy in my class whose mom and aunt owned a store called "Viki's Variety"....

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  • Milkshakes vs. Frappes

    This is always confusing to visitors here. If you order a milkshake in Mass it will NOT contain ice cream. In other parts of the world a milkshake contains ice cream, not here. Here a milkshake is just milk and flavoring blended together to make it frothy. They're really yummy, too. If you want a milkshake (with ice cream) you have to order a...

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  • The "Spa"

    Massachusetts' local term for a neighbourhood convenience or grocery store is a "spa." No one is quite sure where the term originated, though it could have something to do with soda fountains once found in such establishments. It has persisted, however, and confusingly dots signs across the state.

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  • Boston dictionary

    For people learning to speak with a "Bawstin" i.e Boston accent. The following contains some of the better excerpts:Pahty : A place to go to drink and socialize - nothing to do with Mother Nature.ah: The letter between "q" & "s."ahnt: Sistah of your fathah or muthah.bah: Serves beah and hahd likkah: "The train to Noo Yok has a bah cah."bzah:...

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  • Concert at Tanglewood

    Enjoy a concert at Tanglewood by the Boston Symphony. Tanglewood is a 550 acre estate at West Street in Lenox, Massachusetts. It is the home of the Tanglewood Music Festival and the summer home of the Boston Symphony.

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  • Ballet at Jacob's Pillow

    Enjoy some ballet at Jacob's Pillow.Located on 150 acres in the Berkshires, Jacob's Pillow was first known as a station on the Underground Railway in the 1850's. Then, in 1932, dance pioneer Ted Shawn founded the home for dance, a total environment for the exploration of creativity.Jacob's Pillow is considered a national treasure with its Festival,...

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  • D-n-D, Definitely a local tradition...

    Although there are Dunkin' Donuts in many international locations such as Barcelona, Prague and Cologne; there is no other place in the world covered by the D&D like Massachusetts. In fact, D&D was started in in Quincy, Massachusetts back in 1950.And don't let anyone in Mass give you directions by using the D&D as a landmark...becuase it will mean...

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  • Hitchhike

    We stayed at a hostel, but had no transportation. We asked the next day how people get around, and the landlord said they hitchhike. So, we went out to the road, raised our thumbs, and sure enough someone stopped by in a VW bug, and took us to where we wanted to go!

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  • Visit a graveyard once in a...

    Visit a graveyard once in a while. It will teach you a lot about the life in the area. The flags near the stones are having a reason too: the american is for soldiers, the red one is for firemen and the white is for coastguards. In this case the deceased was once in the army and did serve the coastguard and firebrigade!

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  • New England's reputation :)

    New England has a reputation for being somewhat reserved and stiff. You'll see some of that in Massachusetts too but when you leave the metropolis and go to the smaller 'hick' towns you'll feel more at ease, I think. I've found one has to initiate friendliness and it comes back at you. New Englanders tend to be distrustful of 'outsiders', so prove...

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  • There are people from all...

    There are people from all walks of life in this state. You can't feel out of place in Boston. As a matter of fact, you might find your self quite normal after you look around. There are some weird charactors there.

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  • Usually, the average Bostoneon...

    Usually, the average Bostoneon is a friendly sort. Greet them with a smile and a handshake and you're all set. To avoid a mass killing, don't ever mention the new york yankees in a positive manner. Always support the patriots, red sox, bruins and celtics. We are very competitive and hate any new york teams.

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  • Bostonians have a different...

    Bostonians have a different way of saying lots of things. One thing we learned is that rather than a 'soda' (as we Florida natives say), or a 'pop' (as they say in Chicago), you order a 'tonic' if you would like a Coke, Sprite or other carbonated, syrupy beverage.

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  • Boston is of course...

    Boston is of course predominantly Irish but with a strong presence of other European nations: Italy, Germany, Holland and Poland.

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  • I don't eat shellfish or much...

    I don't eat shellfish or much of any seafood and the natives there think I'm insane! The abundance of seafood is amazing, inexpensive, and from what I hear, very very good. The big catch word when I was there last was 'Wicked' as in 'that was wicked fun' or 'she is wicked crazy'.

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  • A favorite New England past...

    A favorite New England past time for those of you out there who enjoy shooting sports is trap and skeet shooting clubs and lodges. Usually you have to be a member to enjoy these facilities, but if you ever have the chance to go, definetly try it out.

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