Massachusetts slang: Here's how to talk like a ‘Masshole' — also known as a Massachusetts native

What can a newly-settled resident of Massachusetts do but stare blankly back in confusion as their friend recounts a story of driving to the packie...

July 30, 2022
1:22 PM

What can a newly-settled resident of Massachusetts do but stare blankly back in confusion as their friend recounts a story of driving to the packie, but running into trouble and getting pulled over by a statie while trying to bang a U-ey after missing a turn at the rotary?Imagine if the situation happened in Leicester or Billerica or another curiously spelled Bay State town. The jumble of local lexicon may be near impossible to overcome.Massachusetts slang and regional pronunciations may be second nature to long-time residents of the commonwealth, but newer additions to the area can often be left swimming in a sea of bewildering phrases — especially if they hail from the Midwest and walk into a 7-Eleven in search of a bottle of pop.

Will Katcher