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

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Jake

A fireman. Possibly named after a particularly famous or heroic exemplar of the profession.

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Jimmies

Chocolate or multi-colored sprinkles, like those on birthday cakes or ice cream.

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Johnny

Also Johnnie. What they give you to wear when you go to the hospital — a hospital gown. Primarily heard in Boston. It is believed to be derived from the gown’s design that allows better access to the restroom, also called the john.

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Numb

Another one from Maine, simply meaning “stupid.”

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Packie

Short for “package store” — that is, a place to buy liquor.

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