A Quick Guide On Proper Pronunciation In Boston

Yes, most people in town actually do speak like this. It’s refreshing every time I go home!

ah: The letter between “q” & “s.”
ahnt: Sistah of your fathah or muthah.
bah: Serves beah and hahd likkah: “The train to Noo Yok has a bah cah.”
bay-ah: Ferocious brown or black animal.
beah: Malt beverage.
bahn: As in: “What yeah were you bahn in?”
bzah: Strange, odd.
Chahlz: The rivah.
chowdah: Clams, milk, buttah.
cahn: Stahchy veggie that comes on a cob.
connah: Where streets intersect.
fah: Not neah heah
fahk: What you eat pahster with.
fiah: Blaze
Gahden: Where the Celtics used to play (also a place to plant flowahs.)
hahbah: What they dumped tea into in 1773.
Hahvid: Preppy college across the rivah.
hahf-ahst: Done without regahd to detail.
heah: Done with the eahs. “Listen my children, and you shall heah of the midnight ride of Paul Reveah.”
khakis: What you staht the cah with and keep on yawh key chain.
nawtheastah: Stahm that blows in from the wottah.
Noo Yok: Sinkhole 240 miles south of Tremont Street.
owah: Sixty minutes.
pahk: Cahn’t do it in Hahvad Yahd. Not downtown eithah.
pahster: spaghetti, ziti, etc.
pahty: A place to go to drink and socialize – nothing to do with Mother Nature.
pastah: The rectah of a parish, like St. Mahgrits.
pichahs: They throw fastballs at Fenway.
Rawjah: He used to throw the fastest fastballs at Fenway.
Reveah: He rode through Ahlington on a hoss shouting “To Ahms!”
shuah: Of course
shot: Not tall.
wof: A peeah, jutting into the hahbah
wottah: H2O
yeah: A 365 day period


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