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.
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.
2. Townie = local who’s never left their neighbourhood
It usually refers to people from Charlestown and Dorchester.
3. The Cape = Cape Cod
“My parents just bought a new house on the Cape.”
4. Packie = liquor store
“You guys need any beers from the the Packie?”
5. Bubbler (pronounced bubblah) = water fountain
“You thirsty? There’s a bubblah just down the hallway.”
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.