Every region has its distinctive speech, and New England is no exception. If you don’t know some of the terms we use if you’re an outsider, there’s no time like the present to “staht”:
- Bang a u-ey – Make a U-turn, often just in the nick of time
- Chowdahead – A New Englander, no longer synonymous with doofus
- Frappe – Milkshake, although some Rhode Islanders say cabinet
- From away – Term used by Maine natives for outsiders
- Grinder (or grindah) – Sub, best purchased from a local, non-chain sub shop
- Masshole – Aggressive Massachusetts driver, can be used as a badge of honor by MA natives as well (proud Masshole)
- Packie – Short for package store, a term used as an alternative to liquor store
- Round-about – One of those gosh-awful nuisances they call a rotary in other areas
- Townie – A lifelong resident of a city/town with family roots
- Wicked pissah – Think freakin’ awesome, but a little more intense
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Note: this is a reprint of an article I originally published on The Celtic Directory
An article that appeared on Irish Central highlighted the most Irish town in the US and the larger area that it belongs to. This area, known as the “Irish Riviera”, includes the town of Scituate, MA and the South Shore area.
Many Irish-Americans live in Boston neighborhoods like Hyde Park and Dorchester. The South Shore has long held a major attraction for the Irish-American residents of these areas, because of the beaches that are so close to Boston.
In the years after World War II and leading straight through the 60’s, many of these families relocated to the South Shore. There are many great reasons to consider the benefits of life on the South Shore:
- There are events galore, not just for the Celtic community, but for people with all sorts of interests
- Can we say water sports?
- If you’re into staying fit, this is one of the best areas, complete with hiking trails and sponsored runs
- The area is both horse and dog-friendly
- The trip to Boston is short if you need some shopping therapy or a change of scenery
- What others can you think of? Be sure to share on our Facebook page!
If you’re reading this, you’re already aware that New England is a great area to visit and live in. However, in case you needed some more reasons, here they are:
- Clam chowder is tomato-free, and Maine outlawed the use of tomatoes in chowder in 1939. We take our recipes seriously!
- Boston was home to the first subway system. The Boston area’s mass transit system, along with others in outlying areas, helps make it easier for people to get around without a car handy.
- The Hartford Courant, the oldest paper in the U.S. still in production, is published in Connecticut. This paper started a long tradition of newspapers that achieved wide circulation.
- Rhode Island is home to a grand total of 20% of the historic landmarks in the US. A vast number of landmarks in New England date back to or predate the American Revolution.
Visit True New England for fun facts on this exciting region.