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Bostonians are known around the world for their accents and quirky words, and this accent is one of the most identifiable in the United States. This regional accent is non-rhotic, meaning it excludes the letter “r” in pronunciation. Frequently imitated, people from Boston, Massachusetts have a very distinct linguistic pattern going back to early New England settlements, as well as influences by immigrant groups such as the Irish and Italians. Below are some tips for learning a Boston accent.
1) Dropping the final “r” is one of the most distinct patterns required when mastering a Boston accent. Examples would be “cah” for car, “feathah” for feather, “sah” for sar ,”fah” for far, or “togetha” for together. Practice this phrase “birds of a feathah flock togetha” – Birds of a feather flock together.
One reason Bostonians drop their “r” is that English immigrants to Boston did so. There is also the influence of other cultural groups, such as the Irish.
2) Pronouncing the letter “a” correct depends on where the “a” falls in the word. Simply add an “r” or “er” to the end of words that end in “a.” The word pizza is pronounced “pizzer”, “pahster” for pasta, “soder” for soda, “Vodker” for Vodka and “Californiar” for California Pronouncing “a” when it’s not at the end of a word, open your mouth and say “ah” like when you are at a dentist’s office, like “ahnt” for aunt “bahth” for bath.
3) Put the adjective “wicked” in front of words or ‘pissa” at the end of a sentence. If you like something very much,”wicked” is used, and pissa means something is great. These two words are very distinctively Boston terms. For example, if you think the Celtics are a good team, tell people you think they are wicked good. Often, people in Boston will combine wicked with pissa to say something is wicked pissa (but remember to pronounce it “pissah”).
4) Use Boston Slang.
Below are some of our favorite Boston slang words and expressions.
Barrel – Trash Can
Blinkah – Turn signals on a car
Bubblah – water fountain
B’dayduhs – Potatoes
Bang a Uey – Turn the car around; make a U-Turn
Carriage – Shopping Cart
Cellah – Basement
Clickah – TV Remote
Dungarees – Pants made of denim
Hawahyah – How are you? (no response necessary)
Hunkah Down – What one does during a storm
No SUH – Really? No Way! (a statement of disbelief)
Packie – Liquor Store
Patriots’ Day – The 3rd Monday in April. Also known as ‘Marathon Monday’
Pockabook – Ladies Handbag
Regulah – Cofee with cream and sugar
Rotary – Traffic Circle
Scorchah! – Hot Day
Spa- A convenience store that has tonic on tap and (usually) sells sandwiches
Suppah – Dinner
Tonic – Soda
Whiffle- a crew cut or male haircut done with electric clippers
Interpreting Slang Color
One of the challenges in interpreting slang rests on the interpreter’s perception of the speaker’s intent. For the interpreter, it is important to have the appropriate cultural framework to comprehend what the person is trying to express. For example, if the speaker’s use of slang is just the way they talk, it’s probably better to use a neutral tone, lest the audience thinks you are making fun of the speaker. On the other hand, if the speaker is using slang for some effect, then the interpreter might try to juice up the translation somewhat.
In reality, the message should always come first, and some interpreters can pull this off beautifully , while others struggle because the slang does not come naturally. This is probably a situation where the voice matters just as much as the words, and an interpreter might be able to translate meaning through expression to match the speaker’s perceived intent.
Boston is the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The city proper covers 48 square miles with an estimated population of 650,000, making it the largest city in New England. Boston is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston with an estimated population of 4.7 million people. The area’s many colleges and universities make Boston an international center of higher education for law, medicine, engineering, and business, and the city is a world leader in innovation and entrepreneurship with nearly 2,000 startups.
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