27 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In New England

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1. “Wicked”

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What it normally means: Evil, like a witch from a fairy tale.

What it means in New England: Can be used as an adjective (meaning “amazing”) or a modifier (meaning “really”).

2. “Winter”

What it normally means: The coldest of the four seasons.

What it means in New England: It is WICKED cold, there is a TON of snow, and the conditions are not conducive to human life, but you deal with it like a champ because you’re a rough-and-tough New Englander.

3. “Coffee”

What it normally means: A caffeinated beverage that can be consumed hot or cold.

What it means in New England: DUNKIN’ DONUTS OR GTFO.

4. “Sox”

What it normally means: A clothing item you wear on your feet, but normally spelled “socks.”

What it means in New England: THE BOSTON RED SOX. BIG PAPI. FENWAY PARK. THE GREEN MONSTER.

5. “Fall”

What it normally means: The season in between summer and winter.

What it means in New England: The absolute best season and time of year. Nothing in the world is prettier than a New England fall. NOTHING.

6. “Doughnut”

What it normally means: A round, fried sweet pastry.

What it means in New England: Apple cider doughnuts, eaten in the fall, when you go apple or pumpkin picking. YUM.

7. “Summer”

What it normally means: The warmest of the four seasons, filled with fun outdoor activities.

What it means in New England: It’s wicked hot instead of being wicked cold, for a change.

8. “Syrup”

What it normally means: A sweet confection you pour on your pancakes.

What it means in New England: MAPLE syrup made from MAPLE trees. None of this “pancake syrup” marketing B.S.

9. “Weather”

What it normally means: The state of the atmosphere with regards to wind, temperature, and precipitation.

What it means in New England: It can be snowing one day and 70 degrees the next. NO ONE KNOWS.

10. “Friendly”

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What it normally means: The quality of being amicable.

What it means in New England: Tack on an “S” at the end, and you have one of the BEST restaurants around. WITH A SUNDAE AT THE END, OF COURSE.

11. “Lobster”

What it normally means: A crustacean with big claws and a tail, sometimes consumed as a luxury food item.

What it means in New England: LOBSTER ROLLS LOBSTER ROLLS LOBSTER ROLLS.

12. “College”

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What it normally means: Higher education, where you go after high school!

What it means in New England: Maybe you’ll go to one of the Ivies. Or maybe a small liberal arts college. Or maybe even one of the amazing state schools. But no matter what, New Englanders take school VERY seriously and it’s probably one of the first things that comes up in conversation.

13. “Chowder”

What it normally means: A type of soup, chunky and served hot.

What it means in New England: Clam Chowder, and the creamy kind — NOT the Manhattan Clam Chowder kind.

14. “Preppy”

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What it normally means: A fashion aesthetic.

What it means in New England: You’re probably wearing J. Crew, or Vineyard Vines, or Polo, or something like that right now, right?

15. “Sports”

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What it normally means: Athletic competition or games pursued for pleasure or fitness’ sake, plus whatever you watch on ESPN.

What it means in New England: Tennis, hockey, rowing, golf, and lacrosse are THE sports to play, plus cheering on the Celts, Bruins, Pats, and Sox.

16. “Diner”

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What it normally means: A person who is eating.

What it means in New England: The BEST spot to order whatever food you want — seriously, WHATEVER — 24 hours a day.

17. “Beach”

What it normally means: A sandy, sunny getaway by the ocean.

What it means in New England: The Cape, Martha’s Vineyard, Maine, Block Island, ACK, etc. FUN IN THE SUN BABY.

18. “Ice Cream”

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What it normally means: A frozen, creamy dairy dessert.

What it means in New England: BEN & JERRY’S OR BUST.

19. “Shoes”

What it normally means: A clothing item for your foot, usually with a sturdy sole.

What it means in New England: Sperrys.

20. “Manners”

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What it normally means: A person’s way of behaving toward others, hopefully they are polite!

What it means in New England: Having a strong resting bitch face. A nod of acknowledgement is a big deal. NEW ENGLANDERS DON’T MESS AROUND.

21. “Sam Adams”

What it normally means: A colonial patriot.

What it means in New England: BEEEEEEEEEEER.

22. “Frappe”

What it normally means: A sweet coffee beverage, a la Starbucks’ Frappuccino.

What it means in New England: A milkshake.

23. “Pizza”

What it normally means: Cheese, sauce, and toppings on top of dough cooked at a hot temperature means YUM.

What it means in New England: New Haven “apizza” — think Pepe’s, Sally’s, or Modern — is THE best pizza in the world, hands down (CLAM PIES). And the pizza situation in the rest of New England ain’t too shabby.

24. “City”

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What it normally means: A large metropolis.

What it means in New England: Probably Boston, but could refer to a variety of other places, including but not limited to Providence, New Haven, and sometimes even New York. Also, cities in New England are OLD.

25. “Snowstorm”

What it normally means: A storm where it snows. Like, duh.

What it means in New England: Unless it’s more than two feet, it’s not a big deal.

26. “Traffic Signals”

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What it normally means: Lights and signs that indicate the rules of the road drivers are supposed to follow.

What it means in New England: Um, New Englanders are CRAZY drivers. No cop, no stop, amiright ladies?

27. “New England”

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What it normally means: The region in the Northeast comprised of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

What it means in New England: The most BADASS region in the whole USA.

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