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Wicked fah

Karen McFeaters snapped the new sign in the lobby of the Fort Point post office.

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haha! Getting one's point across with wit goes far at a time like this.

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Reminds me of living in the back bay and running across the Mass. Ave. Bridge. Shout out to MIT.

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n/t

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The Harvard Bridge, which is the Mass Ave crossing of the Charles.

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Is not in Southie.

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Not apart.

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“Stay Wickid Fah Apaht Dood” ?

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It should say

WICKED FAR APAHT

Because you put the R back in if it's followed by a vowel.

Or, if you want to stretch it out:

WICKED FAR APAHT KHED

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JFK (whose Boston accent was unlike any Bostonian you or I ever met) was often mocked for calling Castro's island "Cuber," but people didn't understand that it was Cuber only if followed by a vowel-starting word.

A good test is asking some to say "raw egg." If it comes out as "rawregg," then it's a serious Boston accent. (Boston accents can by hyper-regional, so "raw egg" does not totally disqualify one as having a genuine accent.)

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I agree that the Kennedy accent is not like the typical Boston/suburban accent, but you do find traces of it in the wild.

I have a good friend, native Cantabrigian, who says "idear" even though he doesn't have a noticeable accent in other ways.

I used to know a gentleman from the South Shore whose accent resembled the Kennedys', even though he was from a much more modest background.

I suspect that fifty or sixty years ago, that sort of accent was probably a lot more common.

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the conversion to Smoots. Thank you, Adam, for providing this public service.

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Ask it "How many smoots in 2.5 miles" or "how many feet in 10 smoots" or whatever and you'll get an answer!

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