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By Mike Gold 

New England oddities l Off Kilter


Last updated 9/12/2019 at 12:36pm

As we lived in greater Boston (and New Hampshire) for over 30 years, I thought it might be of interest to look at some of the odd things about living there.


When you want a soda in a luncheonette, you ask for a tonic.

State police are called “staties.”

When you want a drink of water, (pronounced wataah), you go to the bubbler (not the water fountain or fountain).

When you come to what we’d call a traffic circle, they’re (pronounced they’aah) called a rotary. A submarine sandwich is called a grinder.

A rubber band is called an elastic.

Jeans are called dung...

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