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

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Up

An all-purpose directional in Boston, meaning “up to” or even just “to,” as in “I’m going up Canada on vacation” or “The kids have gone up the movie theater.”

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Wicked

Extremely, very, really. Something may be “wicked cool,” “wicked bad,” etc. Widely used around New England.

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Wrecker

The vehicle that cleans up after a wreck or takes your car away if it’s parked improperly — a tow truck.

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Yah huh

A definite yes in Boston. A response to “No suh!” (meaning more or less “no way!”).

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Yaulp

A Vermonter’s “Yes.”