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Bomah

Somebody who's wicked smaht; a Brain. At least in Saugus, that is. From the Bomar Brain, one of the first affordable calculators, which was made in Acton.
Annette Leonard

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Is this a Boston word? We said this all the time where I grew up in NJ.

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I remember using this term in HS(on the South Shore). Never knew the origins-Thanks

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I've lived in Saugus all of my life and I've never heard that word used, lol. Weird!

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I grew up in Saugus and we've never used that word...I've never even heard of it!

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The term was in use when I was a junior-high student in Lexington, back in 1978-79.

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I grew up in Saugus but I never heard that word thrown at me (I was one of the smaht kids) Then again, I was minted in 1982, so maybe I'm too young. Someone probably said it to me when I was very young and I never picked up on it.

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I grew up in Saugus and no one ever said it (I was one of the smaht kids on honnahs classes, but we never used it). Then again, I was born in 1982, so maybe I'm not old enough. Some grownup prolly said it to me and I never picked up on it.

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Yep, remembah this one. THEN: bad to be a BO-mah, and NOW: good to be a BO-mah. Forgot about this one!

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Oh, I remember that well. Mid-80s at good old SHS.I actually still use it on occasion online; it confuses my friends from other parts of the country.

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A bomah would definitely not write "probably" as "prolly."

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Never saw it as a bad thing to be called a bomah.

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The company was "Bowmar". I remember them from the last of the mechanical analog computer years.

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Yes, as the original poster explained. However, with the Boston accent, it is most definitely pronounced Bomah!

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Always wondered the origins of the word! Thanks Anette! That makes total sense. If you never heard this term, you probably weren't one. :)

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