15 Phrases That Will Make You Swear Bostonians Have Their Own Language

It’s widely known that Bostonians have an accent. Technically, there are multiple accents associated with different parts of the city. However, even when you look beyond this unique way of pronouncing things, what about the words themselves? Like, for instance, are there Boston phrases that are unique to the area? Some visitors find that our slang leaves them as lost and confused as if they were hearing a foreign language. Here are some Boston phrases that you’ll only hear in Massachusetts, especially in Boston:

What Boston slang would you add to this list? What are your favorite Boston phrases that only the locals say? Let us know on the Only In Boston Facebook page or below in the comments section. We very much look forward to hearing what you have to say about this topic.

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Boston phrases

November 30, 2022

To sound like a person with a Bostonian accent, drop the last “r” from words. For example, “cah” instead of “car” or “fah” instead of “far.” Also one should drop “t” and “d” sounds from your words. Then you'll sound like a Bostonian, and make sure to throw in some slang from the article above. With this combo of slang and a Boston accent, you'll be well on your way to sounding like a local.

What does 'Pissah' or 'Pissa' mean?
  • The word 'Pissah' can be translated to mean "great" or "wonderful" both figuratively and literally. If you're speaking to someone from Boston, you might also hear people pronounce and spell this as "pissa" or "pisser." Sometimes used with "wicked" to create "wicked pissah".


What stereotypes are there about Massachusetts?

  • Living in Massachusetts involves being aware of the preconceptions and stereotypes that exist regarding the residents of Massachusetts. There are many that are merely absurd; however, some may ring genuine. For instance, some people believe that Massachusetts residents simply lack driving skills. Yes, we may not be the most courteous people, but have you seen how we parallel park between two enormous snowdrifts?
  • Most people can tell whether someone is from Boston, but not everyone is aware that not everyone from Boston has a Boston accent.
  • Although Cape Cod is a well-known vacation spot, we don't always spend our vacations there, as the stereotype goes.