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Boston Scavenger Hunt Adventure
"The adventure begins in Boston Common and will take you on a journey among historic landmarks and along key sections of the Freedom Trail. Experience the history of old cemeteries and famous meeting halls with the sights and smells of the Italian North E' you choose your own pace. You can start when you want and take breaks to discover the city; perhaps stop for lunch along the Freedom Trail or grab an Italian pastry in the North End.The tour requires approximately 2 miles of walking with several stops along the route to complete challenges and decipher clues. The game software tracks team points and posts the final score to a city leaderboard!Please note: Pricing is per individual but your team must book together. One vouche"""Turn Boston into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure! This challenge combines the excitement of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour city walking tour. Using your smart phone to guide you make your way through Boston among well-known and overlooked gems of the city solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Great for families
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Boston Freedom Trail to Copley Square Walking Tour
"Pick the perfect day to explore the streets of Boston. At 10am meet your professional guide outside of 28 State Street located across from the Old State House. Follow your guide and begin your 2-hour walking tour of Boston.Start your tour on the Freedom Trail visiting Faneuil Hall the Old and New State Houses and the Boston Massacre Site. See both the Old and New City Halls along with Old Corner Bookstore and King's Chapel. Stroll through downtown on your way to Boston Common and the Public Garden. Admire the stunning swan boats as they sail under the world's smallest suspension bridge. Continue on to the John Hanco
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Downtown Freedom Trail Walking Tour in Boston
"Choose when to explore Boston at either 10am or 6pm. Arrive at 28 State Street across from the Old State House. Meet your professional guide and then begin your 70-minute walking tour of the Freedom Trail. Start your tour at the Old State House and then compare it with the New State House. See Faneuil Hall a marketplace and meeting hall since 1743. Walk through the city to the Boston Massacre Site and learn the history behind the memorial. Admire the architecture of Park Street Church and King's Chapel. Then make your way to the Old South Meeting House. Walk through the Old Granary Cemetery and visit Old City Hall. Pass the First Schoolhouse Site and The Old Corner Bookstore which was a meeting place for famous authors including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Charles Dickens. Stroll through the beautiful Boston Common to end your Freedom Trail walking tour. Explore the quirky streets and charming atmosphere of Boston on this 70-minute walking tour."
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Pronunciation Guide to Cities and Towns

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:


WUH – stuh; also acceptable: WIS – tuh
Just remember not to pronounce any r’s in Worcester and you’ll be fine.

LEH – min – stuh
Forget about the “O” in Leominster! The first 2 syllables sound just like “lemon”.

LEH – stuh
Pronounced like Lester.

HAYV – rull (2 syllables!)

WOO – burn
Make sure the first syllable rhymes with “who”.

Hingham, Dedham, Stoneham
Almost any town that ends in “ham”: First syllable accented and the “H” in “ham” is silent. The “ham” is actually pronounced “um”. So we have: HING – um, DED – um, STONE – um.

WALL – tham
An exception to the above rule, actually pronounced almost as you might expect.

QUIN – zee
Although some locals do say Quin – see, all of the old-timers will pronounce it with a ‘z’.

PEA – b’dee
Please don’t pronounce Peabody like Mr. Peabody and Sherman with the Wayback machine! It’s pronounced with somewhere between 2 and 3 syllables.

GLAH – stuh
We like to keep city and town names down to 2 syllables whenever possible, regardless of the number of vowels the name may contain. Gloucester should rhyme with Foster.

MED – fid
It is commonly believed that people who live in Medford pronounce the name MEF – fid, but I’ve found this to not be the case. The “D” is pronounced but only lightly.

COP – lee
Not really a town, but a district in Boston. I don’t know why I have to point this out, but I’ve found that a lot of tourists pronounce it COPE – lee, with a long “O”. Maybe they just expect names to be pronounced in unexpected ways? But fear not, Copley is pronounced just the way it looks, with the first syllable rhyming with “pop” and “hop”.

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Dec 22, 2007

You're from Mass if ... Part 4

76. You know that P-Town isn't the name of a new rap group.
77. People you don't like are all "Bastids."
78. You took off school or work for the Patriots first Super Bowl Win
79. You've called something "wicked pissa."
80. You'll always get razzed for Dukakis.
81. Saturday afternoons meant Creature Double Feature with Dale Dorman.
82. Sunday mornings meant the Three Stooges on Channel 38.
83. You've slammed on your brakes to deter a tailgater.
84. No, you don't trust the Gorton's Fisherman.
85. You know that Papa Gino's usually has a jukebox.
86. You think Aerosmith is the greatest rock band of all time.
87. Your town has at least 6 pizza and roast beef shops.
88. You know at least three Tony's, one Vinnie and a Frankie.
89. 20 degrees is downright balmy as long as there ain't no wind - then
it gets wicked cold.
90. You were very sad when saying goodbye to the Boston Garden .
91. Thanksgiving means family, turkey, High School football, and the
long version of Alice's Restaurant.
92. You know the guy who founded the Boston Pops was named Athah
93. You know what the Combat Zone is.
94. You actually drive 45 minutes to New Hampshire to save $5 in sales
95. You've pulled out of a side street and used your car to block
oncoming traffic so you can make a left.
96. You've bragged about the money you've saved at The Christmas Tree
97. You've been to Hampton Beach on a Saturday night.
98. Playing street hockey was a daily after school ritual.
99. Hearing an old lady shout "Numbah 96 for Sioux City !" means it's
time for steak.
100. You remember Jordan Marsh, Filene's, Grants, Bradlees, Caldor,
Zayres, or Ann & Hope and Woolworths
101. You actually get these jokes
and pass them on to other friends from Massachusetts.

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Dec 12, 2007

You're from Mass if ... Part 3

51. You think that Roger Clemens and Johnny Damon are more evil than
Whitey Bulger.
52. You know who Whitey Bulger is.
53. You went to the Swan Boats,House of Seven Gables, or Plymouth
Plantation on a field trip in elementary school.
54. Bobby Orr is loved as much as Larry Bird, Tom Brady, and Ted
55. You remember Major Mudd.
56. You know what candlepin bowling is.
57. You can drive from the mountains to the ocean all in one day.
58. You know Scollay Square once stood where Government Center is.
59 . When you were a kid, Rex Trailer was the coolest guy around.
60. You can still hum the song from the end of Boom Town.
61. Calling Carrabba's an "Italian" restaurant is sacrilege.
62. You still have your old Flexible Flyer somewhere in your parents'
63. You know that the Mass Pike is some sort of strange weather dividing
64. The only time you've been on the Freedom Trail is when relatives are
in town.
65. The Big Dig tunnel disaster wasn't a surprise.
66. You call guys you've just met "Chief" or "Boss."
67. 4:15pm and pitch black out means only 3 more shopping days until
68. You know more than one person with the last name Murphy.
69. You refer to Savin Hill as "Stab 'n Kill."
70. You've never eaten at Durgin Park, but recommend it to tourists.
71. You can't look at the zip code 02134 without singing it.
72. You voted for a Republican Mormon as Governor just to screw with the
rest of the country.
73. 11 pm? Drunk? It means one thing: Kowloons!
74. 2 am? Drunk? It means one thing: Kelly's Roast Beef!
75. 5 am? Drunk? It means one thing: You wish you had a blanket in your
back seat.

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Dec 12, 2007

You're from Mass if ... Part 2

29. You know there are 6 New England states, but that Connecticut really doesn't count.
30. You give incomprehensible directions to tourists, feel bad when they drive off, but then say to yourself ,"Ah, screw them."
31. You know at least one bar where you can get something to drink after
last call.
32. You hate the Kennedys, but you vote for them anyway.
33. You know holding onto the railing when riding the Green Line is not
34. The numbers '78 and '86 make you cringe.
35. You've been to Goodtimes.
36. You think the rest of the country owes you for Thanksgiving and
Independence Day. (...and they DO).
37. You have never actually been to "Cheers."
38. The words 'WICKED' and 'GOOD' go together.
39. You' ve been to Fenway Park.
40. You've gone to at least one party at UMass.
41. You own a "Yankees Suck" shirt or hat.
42. You know what a Frappe is.
43. You've been to Hempfest.
44. You know who Frank Averuch is.
45. ADVANCED: You know Frank Averuch was once Bozo the Clown.
46. You can complete the following: "Lynn, Lynn ......"
47. You get pissed off when a restaurant serves clam chowder, and it
turns out to be Snows.
48. You actually know how to merge from six lanes of traffic down to
49. The TV weatherman is damn good if he's right 25% of the time.
50. You never go to Cape Cod," you go "down the Cape ".

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Dec 12, 2007
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You're from Mass if ...Part 1

1. The Red Sox World Series win was, and will always be, one of the greatest moments in your life.
2. The guy driving in front of you is going 70 mph and you're swearing at him for going too slow.
3. When ordering a tonic, you mean a Coke.
4. You went to Canobie Lake Park or Water Country as a kid.
5. You actually enjoy driving around rotaries.
6. You do not recognize the letter "R" as a part of the English language.
7. Your social security number starts with a 0.
8. You can actually find your way around the streets of Boston .
9. You know what a "regular" coffee is.
10. You keep an ice scraper in your car year-round.
11. You can tell the difference between a Revere accent and a Dorchester accent.
12. Springfield is located "way out west."
13. You almost feel disappointed if someone doesn't flip you the bird
when you cut them off or steal their parking space.
14. You know how to pronounce the names of towns like Worcester,
Billerica, Gloucester, Peabody and Haverhill and Methuen .
15. Anyone you don't know is a potential idiot until proven otherwise.
16. Paranoia sets in if you can't see a Dunkin Donuts or CVS Pharmacy
within eyeshot at all times.
17. You have driven to New Hampshire on a Sunday just to buy alcohol.
18. You know how to pronounce Yastrzemski.
19. You know there's a trophy at the end of the Bean Pot.
20. You order iced coffee in January.
21. You know that the Purple Line will take you anywhere.
22. You love scorpion bowls.
23. You know what they sell at a Packie.
24. Sorry Manny, but number 24 means DEWEY EVANS.
25. You know what First Night is.
26. You know at least one guy named Sean, Pat, Whitey, Red, Bud or
26a. You know how to pronounce Seamus.
27. McLobster = McCrap!
28. You know at least 2 cops in your town because they were your high
school drinking buddies.

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Dec 12, 2007

Talkin' the Bawston talk

For those who assume that the locals all speak like John F. Kennedy, the reality of Boston's streets can be somewhat surprising. The average Bostonian is much more likely to say something like 'I cahn't find a place to paak my caah' than to wax lyrical about being a Berliner. There are Kennedy types, too, although you'll find yourself wondering if they're being entirely serious (they are, but they sure sound funny). If you want to fit in, go to Fenway Paak, try to get yourself a ticket and, in-between various epithets, try to pick up on the local lingo.

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Aug 02, 2005

This is probably way over done but.....

Dont ask any Bostonians to say "Park your car in Harvard Yard" My mom is a REAL Bostonian, grew up in Irish Dorchester, and she has a real Boston accent, and while listening to it can be a both amusing and befuddling, Bostonians are a very proud people, as they should be! Some of the best people on earth here! They dont like to be teased about their accent!

Mar 27, 2005

Speaking Bostonian

Boston has a unique accent and uses some different words. You might have some trouble understanding it your first time there. Here are a few examples:

Chowdah = chowder, as in clam chowder
Cah = car
Lahge = large
Wicked = as in "that was a wicked hahd slap shawt"
Nomah = Red Sox Shortstop

This website has some audio examples:

The websites below are entertaining and are a good guide to Boston speak:

The other website is a glossary of Boston terms.

Apr 28, 2004
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Bostonian Speak:

Bostonian speak....

Bet we know some things you don't know. Like, what's a three decka? A packie? How about a rotary? Ever banged a U-ey? Worn dungarees or ordered a frappe?

We'd have a pissah time tryin' to stump ya, then make fun of ya behind ya back . . . but that's wicked mean. Instead, here's a little primer to take with you on the T, or while you're on the Common or in the Gahden:

> American Chop Suey ~ This delightful dish doesn't resemble anything American or Chinese. It's macaroni with meat and tomato sauce.

> Bangin' a U-ey ~ This is what you do while driving after you miss a turn and you have to turn around.

> Book it ~ To high tail it someplace, as in, "I better book it to the packie before it closes."

> Bubblah~ Spelled bubbler, it's a water fountain.

> Down Cellar ~ The basement. Derived from upstairs.

> Dungarees ~ Jeans. Hardly heard anymore, unless you're at some sort of senior citizens event.

> Frappe ~ What the rest of the nation calls a milkshake. But in Boston, a milkshake is just flavored milk; no ice cream allowed.

> Fried and Bizarre ~ Weird. "That dude is wicked fried." "Yah, he's totally bizaah."

> Hermits ~ Cookies. A hermit is a molasses and raisin bar.

> Jimmies ~ Sprinkles you put on ice cream.

> Packie ~ Liquor Store.

> Pissah ~ Good.

> Rotary ~ traffic circle. And in Massachusetts, those in the rotary have the right of way.

> Scrod ~ a generic name for white fish. We think it's cod, but no one's sure. Usually breaded and laden with butter (or buttah, as we say).

> Three Decker ~ Pronounced three decka, it's a three story house in which each story is a separate apartment.

> Tonic ~ Soda.

> Wicked ~ Extremely. "Nomaaah's a wicked good baseball playa."

> Other tips: Don't say COPEly Square, it's COPley. Worcester isn't WOOster, it's Wisstah. And Faneuil Hall rhymes with "annual ball". Say Commonwealth Avenue, Massachusetts Avenue or Dorchester Avenue and you'll get pinched. It's Comm. Ave, Mass. Ave and Dot. Ave.

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Jan 29, 2004

Ahhhh, the Boston brogue…

Ahhhh, the Boston brogue…here is a quick language lesson: the consonant “r” is pronounced as “ah” and the vowel “a” is pronounced as an “er” or an “r” when it is the last letter of a word. The most common examples are Park, which pronounced Pahk and Car, which is pronounced Cah. Naturally, my name (Mark) is pronounced Mahk. I work in for an Internet company where the word “data” is typically pronounced “dater” or the name “Jenna” is pronounced “Jenner.”

So, lets try something in a sentence, “What ah you retahded, you cahn’t pahk the cah in Hahvahd yahd” which really translates into “What are you retarded, you can’t park the car in Harvard yard.” I have also lived in Texas with that god-awful Texas drawl, and quite frankly, I can't decide which is worse: the Texas drawl or the Boston brogue. If anyone reading this has experienced both dialects of the English language and has an opinion as to which is worse, post me your jury is still out!!! Anyway, when visiting Boston you will definitely be treated to the Boston Brogue, it's particularly heavy in the omnipresent Dunkin Donut shops.

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Dec 05, 2003

Hot? Thirsty?

I'm a transplant to Boston, so learn from my mistakes--there's some bizarre nomenclature here. The lowdown:

1) If you order a milkshake, they'll give you milk mixed with flavored syrup.

2) If you want what is called a "milkshake" in the rest of the civized world, order a "frappe."

3) But you have to pronounce it "frap."

Good luck!

Apr 07, 2003

Where's the R?

In Massachusetts and New England in general, R's are silent and sometimes appear where they shouldn't. For example (from a recent fwd):

Toboggan: Why we go to an auction

Khakis: What you need to start your car.

Propaganda: A gentlemanly goose.

Alarms : What an octupus is

Add the famous phrase: "Pack ya cah in Havud Yad (Park your car in Harvard Yard)," and you're almost there.

One more lesson: the town WORCESTER is pronounced "WISTAH," and GLOUCESTER is pronounced "GLASTAH." Not, 'Worchester' or 'Glawchester.'

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Apr 07, 2003

Things to Do Near Boston

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King's Chapel

The King's Chapel is one of the many protestant Unitarian Denominational Churches in New England and is part of the Freedom Trail, you can check this area and Chapel too as it lies just in Tremont...
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City Hall

The New Boston City hall is just a stone's throw away from the old City Hall Building that was built in 1968 and on the famous brutalist style which was popular during those times (brutalist design...
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Granary Burying Ground

I enjoy visiting cemeteries. I think they are beautiful and hold spiritual tranquility. I look at the crypts and headstones and wonder if the deceased have families that live on. I enjoy the beauty of...
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Black Heritage Trail

This is a shorter trail than the freedom trail and takes you mainly around the Beacon Hill area which is lovely in itself. There are beautiful mansion houses and millionaire's squares. Excellent and...
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Old State House

What a great idea! To use a landmark as also a metro station is genius! The Old State House is one of the oldest public buildings in the United States, built in 1712-1713. It's one of the landmarks...
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Old South Meeting House

A den of traitors. Or at least that's how the British would have seen it. This was the dry tinder box for the American Revolution. The locals would meet here for heated debates about the future of the...
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