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

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Boston slang for shady or sketchy.


In Boston and vicinity, a neighborhood shop selling soft drinks, sandwiches, miscellaneous grocery items, etc. Known elsewhere as a bodega, a convenience store, or a deli.

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A synonym for nervous or anxious in Maine.

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Basically the same thing as a grinder (see above). A term used primarily in Italian neighborhoods in East Boston, said to be short for “spucadella,” an Italian-American name (of uncertain origins) for a kind of long, hard roll.


A Massachusetts State trooper (or “troopah”).

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