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By adamg - 11/6/03 - 11:36 pm

Old-style Red Line train.
Jeff Kline

By adamg - 11/5/03 - 11:30 pm

Massive project to build a new underground highway through the heart of the city while keeping the existing elevated Central Ahtery open during construction. Now covered by the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

By adamg - 11/5/03 - 11:28 pm

You can serve them mashed, or whipped or boiled.

By adamg - 11/5/03 - 11:28 pm

Drunk, at least in Southie.
Jonathan E. Dyer

By adamg - 11/5/03 - 11:28 pm

A school restroom, at least in the Stoughton area. Pete Costello recalls: "The lavatories in all the schools I went to grades 1-12 were called 'the basement,' even if they were not on the lowest floor of the school."

By adamg - 11/5/03 - 11:27 pm

What you deposit trash in.

By adamg - 11/5/03 - 11:27 pm

A small hillside or river bank: "The best place to see a game at Fallon Field is on the bankin."

By adamg - 11/5/03 - 11:25 pm

Make an abrupt left turn (see hook for the right-turn equivalent): "He went to bang a left and take a uey but lost control." For more normal turns, the appropriate word is "hang."

By adamg - 11/5/03 - 11:23 pm

In Cambridge, a Havihd student. In Sommaville, a Cambridge resident. Local speakers argue about its derivation: Some say its from "Bahnyahd," a derisive term for Hahvihd Yahd; others argue it comes from the old MBTA cah bahns just outside the Squayuh (the bahns went away when the Red Line was extended to Sommaville).

Eric Vroom recalls: "I can remember about ten years ago people in Somerville had bumper stickers and hats reading "NO BARNIES IN SOMERVILLE!!" And it just didn't mean Harvard students, it was any geek from Cambridge."

By adamg - 11/5/03 - 11:20 pm

Garage, especially in the Haverhill/Merrimack Valley area.Usually bigger than the house, but attached.
Joe Angers

By adamg - 11/5/03 - 11:19 pm

The local NHL team. Also known as Da Broons.

By adamg - 11/5/03 - 11:18 pm

An avenue with a long official name, for example, Mass-av (instead of Massachusetts Avenue) and Comm-av (rather than Commonwealth Avenue). For many years, the Boston Globe even used "av." (yes, in lower case) rather than "Ave."

By adamg - 11/5/03 - 11:17 pm

Has nothing to do with Chinese food (then again, only in Boston do Chinese restaurants serve French rolls): Macaroni with hamburg, a little tomato sauce and a bit of onion and green pepper.

By adamg - 11/5/03 - 11:16 pm

What lies on the other side of the Charles. Often tinged with a derogatory connotation: "He never amounted to much; he's a lawyer across the river."

By adamg - 11/5/03 - 11:15 pm

When one is done or ready. "As in when a waitress brings your food and asks 'Now, y'all set?' or when you're ready to leave, 'I'm all set tah go.'
Erica Hruby

By adamg - 11/5/03 - 11:13 pm

The Ahnold Ahboretum, which is a wicked good place to see trees. Jo Ann Kendricken says it's also "a wicked pissa place to have a kegga on Friday or Sattaday nights - especially on Peetah's Hill."

By adamg - 11/5/03 - 10:55 pm

Your uncle's wife.

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