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By adamg - 2/7/17 - 12:25 am

Tom Brady, i.e., the Greatest of All Time.

By adamg - 11/9/03 - 11:59 am

People who collect in standouts at rotaries or on overpasses with campaign signs, sometimes causing gahkablahkas. The candidate's the one who doesn't have a sign in his hand.

By adamg - 11/9/03 - 11:58 am
Hub of the Universe

Source, via Bostonography.

What Boston is: The Hub of the Universe. First coined by writer Oliver Wendell Holmes, who actually referred to the State House as the hub of the solar system; for many years, a plaque in the sidewalk in front of Filene's downtown commemorated the exact center of the universe (Ed. note: As of April, 2015, the marker is back!). Actually, pretty much the only people who use the word anymore are headline writers looking for a short synonym for "Boston,'' as in the aprocryphal Globe headline:

By adamg - 11/9/03 - 11:56 am

How are you?
Dee Burton

By adamg - 11/9/03 - 11:55 am

Stolen car.
The Burke Boys

By adamg - 11/9/03 - 11:55 am

To have dibs on: "I hosie this seat.''
Dee Burton

By adamg - 11/9/03 - 11:54 am

Obsolete term for an Irish resident who hoped to be accepted into Brahmin society.

By adamg - 11/9/03 - 11:53 am

Nuts: "The girl's f---in' hoopie!"
Matt Melillo and Chuck Luongo

By adamg - 11/9/03 - 11:53 am

How you make a sharp right turn: You hook a right.
Susan Morrison

Also see: bang

By adamg - 11/9/03 - 12:06 am

1. A small cup of ice cream, the kind that comes with a flat wooden spoon (from H.P. Hood, the dairy that sells them). KC Black reports: "Part of their charm was on finishing them you'd suck and then fold the wooden spoon risking splintahs from the folded wood." To which Dee Burton adds: "The lid had a brown-tone picture of a movie star covered by a thin layer of protector paper that you peeled off. Sure wish I'd kept those covers. Police used to give us free Hoodsies and free movies on the morning of July 4, in the days when fireworks were legal in Mass.

By adamg - 11/8/03 - 11:56 pm

Boston's southernmost neighborhood, where the current may-ah's from.
Jo Ann Kendricken

By adamg - 11/8/03 - 11:55 pm

Molasses cookies.
Jane Morris

By adamg - 11/8/03 - 11:55 pm

When a waiter or waitress states the obvious - what they say when they put food in front of you.
Laura McAvoy

By adamg - 11/8/03 - 11:54 pm

The townie look of the '80's with bangs sprayed vertically while the rest of the hair is pulled tightly back in a "Banana Clip" which creates "Gladiator Head."
Lisa Gordon

Also see: Quinzee claw.

By adamg - 11/8/03 - 11:53 pm

Ground meat. Sometimes found near the frankfurts.

By adamg - 11/8/03 - 11:53 pm

Pastry known as "Black and Whites" elsewhere.
Reuven Brauner

By adamg - 11/8/03 - 11:52 pm

Greeting between young men not acquainted with each other, as in this pizza-pahluh exchange: "Whaddle it be, guy? Slice o 'roni and a tonic." The term can only be used between peers or from a superior to a subordinate. If a teenager calls a middle-aged man "guy," he's being deliberately offensive.
Lisa Gordon and Alan Miles

By adamg - 11/8/03 - 11:52 pm

A sub or spuckie. Annette Leonard reports that in Saugus, it is specifically a toasted sub.

By adamg - 11/8/03 - 11:50 pm

Haffenreffer Private Stock Malt Liquor (refers primarily to the 16 oz. bottles).
Michael Howell

By adamg - 11/8/03 - 11:49 pm

Tomato sauce. Primarily heard in the over-40 set in East Boston.

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