Sayings Only People From New England Can Understand

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What do you think of this list?
    I am NOT from New England, and I agree/mostly agree with this list. It's a New England thing. : (20 votes)
    43 %
    I am NOT from New England, and I don't really agree with this list. Those sayings are said here, too : (6 votes)
    13 %
    I AM from New England, and I agree/mostly agree with this list. : (15 votes)
    33 %
    I AM from New England, and I don't really agree with this list. : (4 votes)
    9 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    9949 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Yes!  Except for 7 and 8.  I’m from seacoast NH, and though I don’t SAY many of the Boston things (like pahk ya cah in hahvahd yahd) I’m familiar with them.  And…HOODSIE CUPS!!!  I don’t even know what the hell other people call them.

    Post # 4
    6449 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’ve heard 3/13 but don’t use any of them in conversation. I love learning about different sayings from different states! I moved from WI to OH and never realized that some of the stuff we say is only said in my area!

    Post # 5
    1242 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    @PaisleyMedic:  NYC born and raised. Mom too. My mom says “hang a uey.”

    Post # 6
    12875 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’ve only heard of 7 of these, Im’ born and raised in Boston (suburbs).


    Post # 8
    1719 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’m a transplant (I grew up in NJ, but moved to NH as an adult).  I’ve heard most of these!  I guess my NH born son isn’t a real New Englander! I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing lol!


    Post # 9
    103 posts
    Blushing bee

    I say wicked all the time, no one gets it.  One thing about us too is that we talk VERY fast.  Since moving to Texas people are always telling me to slow down lol. 

    Post # 10
    759 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I totally agree with #1,2,3,9 and 11.  One thing they missed is “jimmies” which is what we called chocolate sprinkles on ice-cream and in non-NE Dunkin Donuts they dont know what you mean when you say “large regular coffee” meaning hot with cream and sugar. I was raised in Massachusetts, went to college in NH, now living in the mid-Atlantic and I have tried very, very hard to drop my Boston accent.  It comes through when I’m mad and people here think its hilarious. My DH called Westwood Mercedes Benz because we were trying to find a stupid light bulb for my car and the dealer here is useless and DH couldn’t understand what the technician was saying because his Boston accent was so thick. DH asked me to “translate”. When I call home to my family I am shocked at how thick their accent is. This list made me laugh! I so miss Boston!

    Post # 11
    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    @peachacid:  +1…not sure about 7 & 8, but I know the rest. Born and raised in Southern NH, went to school in CT and now I live in Boston. And yea, what else would you call a Hoodsie cup??

    Post # 12
    1768 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m from St. Louis (currently and very recently living in south Jersey) and we always say “Pull a uey”.

    Post # 13
    218 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Sometimes we say “pop a uey” over here in NY! The rest seems pretty specific to New England, because I don’t recognize much, even though NY is pretty close by 🙂

    Post # 14
    320 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I’m from Atlantic Canada and a few of these were familiar. We always got tv stations from Maine and Massachusets, and there are a few sayings that I’ve heard Maritimers use (you can’t get there from here, wicked, clickers, rotaries) 

    Post # 15
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I recall using wicked like that in early elementary school.  I can’t tell what’s just an American thing though.  I would have guessed that #7 was a Southern States thing, I can picture Sheldon’s Mom from BBT saying that.

    Post # 16
    312 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I was raised on the west coast by southerners, so I’m sitting here confused about why I grew up calling a remote control a clicker. Cool

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