common Boston slang words

10 Boston Slang Words To Sound Like A Local

Boston slang words can be tricky to get the hang of. Sure, it’s technically English, but it can sound like a different language. Arriving to Boston without a grasp of the lingo can be confusing, especially if English isn’t your native language.

Boston slang is so much more than just an accent.  And yes, since that accent is officially the sexiest accent in America, you’re gonna want to understand it.

Here’s a list of 10 commonly used slang words in Boston. You’ll be speaking like a local in no time.

10 Common Boston Slang Words

1. Wicked =  “very” or “really”

“It’s wicked cold. It’s wicked hot!” You can use this for anything.

common Boston slang words

2. Townie = local who’s never left their neighbourhood

It usually refers to people from Charlestown and Dorchester.

common Boston slang words

3. The Cape = Cape Cod

“My parents just bought a new house on the Cape.”

common Boston slang words

4. Packie = liquor store

“You guys need any beers from the the Packie?”

common Boston slang words

5. Bubbler (pronounced bubblah) = water fountain

“You thirsty? There’s a bubblah just down the hallway.”

common Boston slang words

6. The Hub = the city of Boston

“We’re all going out in the hub tonight!”

7. Grinder (pronounced grindah) = sandwich/hoagie

“Gonna go pick up some grindahs for lunch, you want one?”

8. No Suh = no sir (expression of disbelief)

Like ‘no way!’ aka: “no Suh, I didn’t eat your grinder.”

9. Parlor (pronounced pahlah) = the living room

“Come on in, she’s in the parlor.”

10. Dunks = Dunkin’ Donuts

They LOVE Dunkin’ Donuts in Boston, so much so it has a nickname.

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Man does this have so much wrong with it. Let me address the issues with this article. 1: you could have the perfect Boston accent. I mean Mark Wahlberg type guy from Dorchester/southie/eastie/charlestown. If you use the word wicked people will automatically be able to tell you aren’t from Boston. I’ve been in East Boston my whole life and I have never heard anyone say wicked un ironically. 2: If you’re not from Boston don’t use the word townie. You’ll sound like an idiot 3: This is actually correct 4: Don’t use this word if you aren’t from Maine/Mass 5:… Read more »