Karen McFeaters snapped the new sign in the lobby of the Fort Point post office.
haha! Getting one's point across with wit goes far at a time like this.
Reminds me of living in the back bay and running across the Mass. Ave. Bridge. Shout out to MIT.
The Harvard Bridge, which is the Mass Ave crossing of the Charles.
Is not in Southie.
“Stay Wickid Fah Apaht Dood” ?
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
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.)
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.
the conversion to Smoots. Thank you, Adam, for providing this public service.
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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