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

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Parlor

A Boston living room. Pronounced “pahlah,” of course.

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Quill pig

A porcupine to a resident of New Hampshire.

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Right out straight

A Mainer’s way of saying “very busy” — as in “Can’t come over now, I’m right out straight.”

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Roadie

Also road soda. Not a stagehand who travels with a rock band, but a beer you drink while driving.

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Rotary

A traffic circle. Called a roundabout in some places.