Boston slang words and sayings have transcended generations here in Massachusetts. Let’s take a closer look at some favorites.
I need to give credit where credit is due before I go any further, however. TimeOut‘s Boston arm put together this list of 50 Boston slang words and sayings you should know. Their list has been around for awhile, but I just came across it recently for the first time. It’s tremendous. The authors give parts of speech and definitions to all 50 of the slang words and sayings they share. Excellent work.
I decided to use the list as a jumping-off point to really dig into Boston slang. And although I’m using “Boston” as the identifier here, just know that I really mean all of Massachusetts. These references and sayings are most associated with the Boston accent, of course. But they’ve outgrown the city and belong to all of us Massholes, from North Shore to South Shore to Metro West to the Cape.
Boston Slang Words: How Many of These Do You Say?
I’m a North Shore kid. I grew up in Greenwood, which is the cool, edgy, back-woodsy part of Wakefield, right over the Melrose line. My parents both grew up in Wakefield, too: my dad in Greenwood, my mom downtown. Their parents were North Shore folks as well. You see where I’m going with this. I am of the generations of Boston-area residents who have used and passed this slang along, just like you.
I’m not doing to dig into TimeOut’s entire 50-word glossary. Again, you can do that yourself here. What I am going to do is cherry-pick some of my favorite slang words and terms and share how my family and I have used them over the years. Hit the ROCK 92.9 Twitter or Facebook if you’d like to share yours.