Special Report

Things They Say in New England That the Rest of Us Probably Don't Get

Source: SamuelBrownNG / Getty Images

Aback

Stymied, at a standstill, or behind, as in “I’m all aback with my homework.”

Source: Dean Mitchell / Getty Images

Ayuh

“Yes,” especially in Maine The first syllable is sometimes pronounced to rhyme with “day,” but the term is apparently derived from the old English term (now mostly nautical) “aye” — as in “Aye, aye, Captain.”

Source: MicroStockHub / Getty Images

Bang a Uey

Also “bang a U-ie.” To make a U-turn. (In other parts of the country, the phrase might be “Hang a Uey.”). It is also possible to “Bang a left” or “a right.”

Source: dragana991 / Getty Images

Bang out

A Boston term meaning to call in sick to work. “Bang” also means to move quickly (see “bang a Uey,” above), so to bang out could also be to book it (see below).

Source: winnond / Getty Images

Barrel

A trash can or garbage bin.

Sponsored: Find a Qualified Financial Advisor

Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to 3 fiduciary financial advisors in your area in 5 minutes. Each advisor has been vetted by SmartAsset and is held to a fiduciary standard to act in your best interests. If you’re ready to be matched with local advisors that can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.