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The Perfect World >> A Sense of Place >> The New Englanders Thread: We know you're all wicked jealous

The New Englanders Thread: We know you're all wicked jealous

cj griffin -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 07:37:41 PM

For those who were born in, lived in, stayed in, moved to, vacation in, or pine for the six Northeasternmost United States. Ayuh.

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cj griffin -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 07:38:43 PM -- 1 of 604
There's a fine, fine line between a fairy tale and a lie.

This grew out of a discussion in JB which involved quotes from the famous Adam Sandler sketch about the New England game show, "What's the Best Way?"

Also mentioned: Spag's, the Christmas Tree Shop, beano at the fire hall on Saturday nights.

theDiva -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 07:41:06 PM -- 2 of 604

Nineteen-eighteen!

(clap clap clap clap!)

Nineteen-eighteen!

(clap clap clap clap!)

Nineteen-eighteen!

(clap clap clap clap!)

Lizzie T. -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 07:42:37 PM -- 3 of 604
Oh, for crying out loud.

Shut the fuck up.

I mean that in the nicest possible way.

JL Finch -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 07:48:47 PM -- 4 of 604
What in the Sam Hill am I doing?

When I was in college, people thought I was weird for saying "down cellar" when I meant "In the basement." I thought they were weird for calling soda "pop." And big deli sandwiches are grinders, not subs.

j. ross -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 07:50:22 PM -- 5 of 604

I thought they were weird for calling soda "pop."

And in Boston you were all wierd, because it is properly called tonic.

debby -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 07:50:42 PM -- 6 of 604
lighten up

Pop? Grinders? Where the hell are you from?

Clio -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 07:52:23 PM -- 7 of 604
"New Orleans, she smells like summer rain, sweet olive and coffee." -Chris Rose

Ah yes, the grinders. That took getting used to.

Lizzie T. -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 07:54:26 PM -- 8 of 604
Oh, for crying out loud.

I always call them grinders. But Boy grew up in Nantucket, so we understand each other.

debby -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 07:55:04 PM -- 9 of 604
lighten up

Where the hell do people call subs grinders and tonic pop?

susan b. -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 07:55:19 PM -- 10 of 604
Mocking in extreme comfort

My people!

Once upon a workplace, a manager said to me, "you know, Susan, you're wicked articulate". Only in Boston.

And I'm a native. I love my town.

Nancy T. -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 07:57:09 PM -- 11 of 604
We bloviate on a whole lot of different subjects. We might as well bloviate on this.

"Down cellah..." Thank you, JL, I was beginning to think it was only something that my family said!

It may be the proper terminology, but I don't know anyone who called it "tonic". It was soda. Certainly not "pop". Everyone here calls it that and I just can't get used to ut.

Debby, by "here" I mean the Pacific NW, and I know a lot of other places in the country say "pop" also. Grinders are what most New England pizza places call subs, though - that's definitely a local thing.

Clio -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 07:58:59 PM -- 12 of 604
"New Orleans, she smells like summer rain, sweet olive and coffee." -Chris Rose

It's coke, people! Any carbonated beverage is a coke!

Showing my southern upbringing here. Like a good New England boy, my husband says soda.

debby -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 08:00:14 PM -- 13 of 604
lighten up

Soda is replacing tonic but I never hear anyone call it pop. I thought you guys were saying New Englanders call it pop, and I have never heard anyone around here call a sub a grinder, but I only really get out of Boston to go to the beach so I don't know what the rest of NE does.

susan b. -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 08:00:30 PM -- 14 of 604
Mocking in extreme comfort

I've seen "grinder" on signs, but have never, ever in my life heard anyone actually refer to a grinder in conversation. Its always "subs". Tonic seems to be vanishing, but was certainly common when I was a kid (60's).

Sapphire -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 08:01:30 PM -- 15 of 604
if you can't tell family members they are bugging the shit out of you you are going to have a life full of bugged out shit [j. ross]

Dammit, now I want a frappe.

JL Finch -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 08:01:52 PM -- 16 of 604
What in the Sam Hill am I doing?

My cousins in Worcester called it tonic. People from Buffalo call it pop. My husband's family in Syracuse calls a closet a "clothes press." Gimme a fuckin break. That's wicked stupit.

debby -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 08:02:22 PM -- 17 of 604
lighten up

I wonder if we can thank all the French Canadians for the term "frappe?"

Clio -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 08:02:28 PM -- 18 of 604
"New Orleans, she smells like summer rain, sweet olive and coffee." -Chris Rose

My husband and his friends all use grinder exclusively. They also say hamburg instead of hamburger. It's weird.

Lizzie T. -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 08:02:50 PM -- 19 of 604
Oh, for crying out loud.

It's a soda. It's also down cellar. That's just the way it is. New England invented America, so it can also invent the way Americans talk.

ShelbyD -- Thursday, July 10, 2003 -- 08:02:56 PM -- 20 of 604
unraveling

Pop is midwestern. Do you NE types say "on line" or "in line" when you're queued up?

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