How Well Do You Know Boston Slang?

By: Isadora Teich
Estimated Completion Time
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How Well Do You Know Boston Slang?
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About This Quiz

Boston's accent and slang are famous, but how well do you know them? See if you're a total chowdahead with this Boston slang quiz! You might be ready for Beantown and not know it!
Bostonians use the word "wicked" to:
Intensify adjectives
Insult eachother
Cast spells
Show respect
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People from Boston won't just say something is cool. They'll say it's "wicked cool."

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Someone who is a "chowdahead" is what?
Beautiful
Clumsy
Stupid
Rich
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This Boston slang word has an odd origin. In the old days, people would batch cook buckets of chowder and freeze them, slicing off pieces to reheat when they were hungry. Eventually, the frozen block of chowder would have a round shape, like a human head.

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"The Pats" refer to the:
New England Patriots
Affection
Being broke
Depression
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Some Bostonians may refer to the New England Patriots as "Pats." This football team is based in the Boston area.

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"Sox" refers to what?
The Boston Red Sox
Socks
A punch
Medicine
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This refers to the Boston Red Sox. This is the baseball team that plays for Boston.

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American Chop Suey is a:
Chinese dish
Boston dish
Insult
Compliment
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This is a very Boston dish. It's macaroni with hamburger, tomato sauce, green pepper and onion.

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What do you put in a "barrel" in Boston?
Fish
Trash
Old clothes
Records
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In Boston, a "barrel" refers to a trash can. You put your garbage in it.

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To "duff" someone is to:
Cheat on them
Avoid them
Marry them
Insult them
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This means to avoid a person or break a promise to meet with them on purpose. It's an old North End and East Boston term.

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A "reefah" is a:
Carpet
Fridge
Plate
Sandwich
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This Boston slang word is old school. It's short for refrigerator.

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A "bubbla" is a:
Water fountain
Beer
Public fountain
Party
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In classic Boston slang, a "bubbla" refers to a water fountain. You can find them all over the Boston Commons.

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A carriage is where you put your:
Towels
Family
Groceries
Travel necessities
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What many Americans call a shopping cart, some Bostonians call a carriage. You wheel them around the grocery store.

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When you have "dungies" on, what are you wearing?
A t-shirt
Sunglasses
A hat
Blue Jeans
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"Dungies" refer to blue jeans. "Dungahs" also can. It comes from "dungarees."

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What is a "Frappe"?
A milkshake
A cocktail
A soda
A beer
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What most Americans call a milkshake or a malted, Bostonians call a "Frappe." Remember that the "e" is silent.

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"Jimmies" go on what?
Pasta
Fries
Waffles
Ice cream
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In Boston, you get "jimmies" on your ice cream. In some other places, people call them sprinkles.

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If something is "mint," it is:
Bad
Weird
Excellent
Outdated
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To call something "mint" is to compliment it highly. This is classic Boston slang.

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Someone who is "soft" is:
Sexy
Dumb
Successful
Crazy
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The word "soft" can be used to describe someone bold, crazy or particularly daring. You might say it to someone who you think has done something particularly out there.

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If a Bostonian tells you to "take a Dudley" they are telling you to do what?
Get lost
Sit up straight
Have a drink
Get some rest
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If a Bostonian tells you to "take a Dudley," you better beat it. Get out of there.

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In Boston, what is "The T"?
Gossip
The subway system
The weekend
Lunch
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In Boston, you will often hear the subway system referred to as "The T." Its full name is the MBTA or Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

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"Cabbage Night" refers to:
Easter
The night before Halloween
Christmas
Thanksgiving
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What is referred to as Mischief Night throughout most of the US is also called "Cabbage Night" in Boston. This is becuse throwing cabbages and eggs at houses was a popular prank.

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"Tonic" refers to:
Medicine
Soda
Whiskey
Anger
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In Boston, "tonic" is slang for all kinds of soda. In some stores, you can find signs for the "tonic" and "diet tonic" aisles.

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If something is a "wicked pissa" it's _______.
Too cool
Boring
Vintage
Cheap
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This is used to describe something that's amazingly cool. It's one of the most famous Boston slang phrases.

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"Gravy" refers to what in Boston?
Sugar
Money
Tomato sauce
Ice cream
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This slang word refers to tomato sauce. It is usually only used by older people in East Boston.

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Someone who is a "tookie" is dating a:
dumb person
freeloader
younger person
rich older man
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This Boston slang is used to describe someone dating someone much younger than them. This could be a 5- to 10-year age gap or more.

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The "cella" is the:
Basement
Attic
Lawn
Porch
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According to Boston slang, it's not a basement. It's a "cella."

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If you call someone a "skeezah" you are:
Complimenting them
Insulting them
Correcting Them
Being affectionate
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Bostonians love their insulting slang. "Skeezah" is a derogatory word for a drug addict.

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"Dunkies" refers to what?
Dunkin' Donuts
Any coffeeshop
Cookies
Idiots
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In Boston, this nationwide coffee chain is referred to as "Dunkies" or "Dunks." It was actually founded outside Boston.

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What are "badadoes"?
Potatoes
Bad kids
Rotten eggs
Shoes
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This is how some in Boston pronounce "potatoes." It's that famous Boston accent at work.

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What is a "Rippah"?
A car accident
A misfortune
An award
A party
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This can refer to a kegger. It can also refer to any kind of huge party that promises to be a blast.

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What do you buy at the "packie"?
Furniture
Liquor
Electronics
Clothes
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"Packie" is Boston slang for a liquor store. Someone might stop at the "packie" on the way to a dinner party.

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What is a "grindah"?
Knife
Sandwich
Car
Piano
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You may call it a sub, hero, grinder or hoagie, but many in Boston call them "grindahs." This can also refer to non-hoagie sandwiches as well.

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What does "clickah" mean?
Radio
Hair dryer
TV remote
Dog
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While it's common to refer to a TV remote as a "clicker," it's only a "clickah" in one place. That place is Boston.

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"The Hub" refers to:
Boston
America
Space
New York City
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This slang word for Boston dates back to the 19th century. It is important to refer to it to Bostonians as "The Hub" and never as "Beantown."

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To "rag" is to do what?
Exaggerate
Fight
Insult
Scream
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Someone who is "ragging" is wildly exaggerating their story. This comes from "ragtime."

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What is a "bankin"?
A small hillside
A riverbank
A bank account
1 and 2
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"Bankin" can refer to either a riverbank or a small hill. People can gather there.

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If someone is a "scootch" they are:
Attractive
Wealthy
Annoying
Old
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This word for annoying people comes from the Italian word "scocciare" which roughly translates to "to bother." It's usually pronounced "scutch."

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What does "Yaww" mean?
Yes
No
Pickles
A smile
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This word is a combination of "Yes" and "Yay." It was popular during the 1970s.

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