Post # 1
I saw this link floating around Facebook for 13 Sayings Only People From New England Can Understand. Having lived in New England my entire life, I’m familiar with all sayings except #7. I can’t remember ever hearing that one. But I didn’t realize some other phrases/things weren’t used outside of New England. Like #2 “Bang a uey” or #11 Hoodsie cups. So non-New Englanders, do these sayings make sense to you? Are they said around you? And fellow New Englanders, what do you think of this list?
Post # 3
Yes! Except for 7 and 8. I’m from seacoast New Husband, 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
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
@PaisleyMedic: NYC born and raised. Mom too. My mom says “hang a uey.”
Post # 6
I’ve only heard of 7 of these, Im’ born and raised in Boston (suburbs).
Post # 7
@peachacid: Ah, I’m familiar with 8 because I’m close to RI. There’s a place called Olneyville in Providence that sells them, and I know people around here are ALL about them (I’m a vegetarian, so I’ve never had one. Just the coffee milk!). Except I hear them referred to as “gaggers” rather than weiners.
Post # 8
I’m a transplant (I grew up in NJ, but moved to New Husband as an adult). I’ve heard most of these! I guess my New Husband born son isn’t a real New Englander! I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing lol!
Post # 9
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
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 New Husband, 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 Darling Husband called Westwood Mercedes Benz because we were trying to find a stupid light bulb for my car and the dealer here is useless and Darling Husband couldn’t understand what the technician was saying because his Boston accent was so thick. Darling Husband 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
@peachacid: +1…not sure about 7 & 8, but I know the rest. Born and raised in Southern New Husband, went to school in CT and now I live in Boston. And yea, what else would you call a Hoodsie cup??
Post # 12
I’m from St. Louis (currently and very recently living in south Jersey) and we always say “Pull a uey”.
Post # 13
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
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
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
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.