19 definitions by DFJD

Boston area drivers are known for acting as if they are the only ones on the road, but there is a phenomenon in Wellesley (a very affluent suburb) which I have dubbed the "Wellesley Wait."

Drivers from other parts of Massachusetts and especially from out-of-state should pay heed to the example if they have the chance to drive through this beautiful town.
You are driving along one of Wellesley's major streets, notably Route 135 (Great Plain Ave) and Route 16 (Washington St). A driver (sorry to say, it is almost always a female) of an expensive SUV or European Station Wagon comes to a complete stop at the end of a side street or long driveway (many of Wellesley's "driveways" are longer than actual streets) and common sense/consensus would indicate this means the driver will wait for you to pass and then pull on to the state highway.

But nooooooo. You are driving along at 30-40 mph; there is nobody behind you nor in front of you. Just as you approach the intersection/driveway, the Wellesley driver will obliviously pull out right in front of you and proceed at a cement mixer's pace.

I don't condone jack rabbit starts, but if you are going to cut somebody off in your "Limited edition" Jeep, Lexus, Mercedes, or BMW SUV, inevitably equipped with the optional V8 engine, or turbocharged Volvo or Audi station wagon, please try to get up to at least 25 mph within 30 seconds after causing a driver minding his/her own business to nearly rear-end your yuppiemobile due to a mixture of selfishness and sense of oblivion.

The offending "Wellesley Wait" driver is almost always yacking away on her cell phone, impervious to the world around her.

The worst intersection for this infraction is where Benvenue Street intersects with Route 135/Great Plain Ave.

If you come to this intersection and one of these drivers abruptly cuts you off at the last minute, don't waste your energy honking your horn or otherwise getting angry. Just be prepared to poke behind that BMW X5 or Volvo Cross Country at 20 mph until you reach Olin College; most of the time, the driver will FINALLY reach speeds of 35-40 mph.
by DFJD April 11, 2008
The "W Towns" are a group of adjacent, very affluent towns west of Boston (beginning with the letter W), namely Wellesley, Weston, and Wayland, hence the term "W Towns." The posh Waban neighborhood of Newton, itself the wealthiest city, as opposed to town, in Massachusetts, is sometimes considered to be a "W Town." Waban is just across the Charles River from Wellesley.
Another community beginning with W, the City of Waltham, while bordering Weston and geographically close to Wellesley and Wayland, is NOT one of the W Towns. This is due to Waltham's comparatively middle-class nature.

Waban, the most-affluent neighborhood in Newton, is NOT to be confused with Woburn, a middle-class city about 10 miles to the north-east.
by DFJD August 28, 2006
I am referring to Norwood, Massachusetts, a middle-class suburb 15 miles south-west of Boston.

Norwood is located near the geographic center of Norfolk County.

The town's population has remained relatively steady at around 30,000, although the demographics have changed somewhat over the last couple of decades.

Approximately 80% of the population is white, most of whom are Catholic (predominantly Irish, with smaller groups of Italian, Polish, and Lithuanian).

15% of the population is Asian, with an almost equal number of Middle Easteners and Indians.

The remaining population is mainly Brazilian and African-American.
Along with Marshfield, Braintree, and Stoneham, Norwood has traditionally been a bastion of Irish-American residents, many of whom are justifiably proud of their heritage.

There is a fairly large, and active, Middle Eastern community in Norwood. Iranians, Syrians, and Lebanese are the predominant groups. Norwood is one of the largest towns in Massachusetts with a sizeable Muslim population not to have a Mosque.

Norwood does have a Synagogue, although Muslims easily outnumber Jewish residents at least 10-1.

There is convenient mass transit to Boston. There are three Commuter Rail stops, Norwood Depot, Norwood Central, and Windsor Gardens.

In addition, the Forest Hills to Walpole bus traverses Washington Street.

Most Norwood neighborhoods are solidly middle-class with relatively little turnover.

Norwood has one of the highest concentrations of apartment and condominium complexes in the area. Windsor Gardens is noted not only for its train station, but also a large transient population, many of whom are Indian or Pakistani.

South Norwood, aka "The Flats," is a working-class neighborhood centered around the corner of Washington and Dean Streets. Some areas are somewhat seedy; many of the two-decker and three-decker homes look as if they came straight out of Jamaica Plain or Dorchester. I would hardly classify the area as "ghetto," though.

If there is a truly "posh" section of Norwood, it would be the area adjacent to Willett Pond/New Pond near St. Timothy's Church, plus the southern part of Nichols Street (and adjacent side streets). This area abuts the more-affluent town of Westwood.

Norwood is most famous to outsiders for the "Automile," along Route 1/Providence Highway. Although most Automile dealerships are indeed in Norwood, some dealerships are just across the town line in Dedham, Westwood, or Walpole.

The late Ernie Boch, Sr. is famous for spearheading the Automile. His strong accent was a staple in Boston media for years. Example: "Boch Toyota*, Route One Nah-wood, my name is Ernie Boch, come on down!"

* If I recall, he pronounced Toyota as "Tie-oda"
by DFJD May 10, 2006
"The Lake" is a nickname (and in popular usage) for the relatively working-class section of the otherwise upper-middle-class and outright affluent City of Newton.

This area is, arguably, the most "Christian," notably Catholic, in Newton (I am not being Anti-Semitic; much of Newton, especially the southern and western parts, are predominantly Jewish). Residents are also, generally, more conservative than those in other parts of 'liberal' Newton.

The Lake gets its name from a now dredged Silver Lake and a popular ballroom which had the same name. Most residents are Italian-American and, to a lesser degree, Irish-American, though "yuppies" are starting to move in for its relatively (for Newton) inexpensive home prices.

Known for a type of slang called "Lake Speak," spoken by some older residents. Please refer to the "Boston Globe" archives for more information. Last, but not least, one of the few sections of Newton where genuine Boston accents ('dropped R's, words such as cahn't, bahthroom, etc.) can be commonly heard.
He lives in Newton and drives a Ford Taurus and speaks with a Boston accent. Must be from The Lake (Newton, MA).

One will see many bumper stickers, usually on Buicks, Chryslers, Dodges, and Mercurys (and usually driven by older people) commemorating "The Lake (ballroom)," with the colors of the Italian Flag on it.

People who think of Newton as an affluent, predominantly Jewish city where most adults hold graduate degrees are surprised to hear of a neighborhood (The Lake) that has more in common, socio-economically, with Malden or Quincy than with areas of Newton south of the Mass Pike.
by DFJD May 03, 2011
A suburb of Boston in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Best known to outsiders as the hometown of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan and to the Stone Zoo, often referred to as the "Stoneham Zoo."

Coloquially known as "New Charlestown," due to the large number of middle-class people from that neighborhood who moved 8 miles north when Charlestown became a yuppie stronghold. Although most South Boston residents head to the South Shore when they move out of the city, some have headed north to Stoneham.
Stoneham has the highest percentage of Irish-Americans of any town in the country. Loyalty to the IRA is such that a BBC reporter visiting the town in 1994, shortly after Nancy Kerrigan's injury by her thug-rival, Tonya Harding, was insulted verbally and threatened with bodily harm. Eventually, the Massachusetts State Police escorted the BBC Reporter on his rounds in Stoneham.

A British tourbook on Boston warns Britons to avoid South Boston, Charlestown, and Stoneham due to the strong anti-British sentiment in those communities.

The average Stonehamite is a third-generation Irish American who hasn't been any closer to the "olde sod" than Good Harbor beach in Gloucester. However, this person talks about the "f-ing Brits" as if s/he grew up in West Belfast.

A Stonehamite's depiction of a "monster:" A black person who grew up in London and speaks with a British accent.
by DFJD May 10, 2006
The scientific term for Aspirin. In many countries, notably Canada and Germany, "Aspirin" is a patented trademark of the local Bayer subsidiaries. Any non-Bayer products are labelled with the abbreviation ASA (Canadian English), AAS (Canadian French), and ASS (German). I am not making the last one up!
The term Acetylsalicylic Acid, in its entirety, is rarely used in layman's conversations.

Just as many people refer to any tissue as "Kleenex," Canadians often refer to non-Bayer ASA as "generic Aspirin" or, simply, "Aspirin."
by DFJD May 09, 2006
The way many residents of the nouveau riche Boston suburb of Hingham mispronounce their town.
I'll be the only 17 year old at Higgim High to have a TWO-YEAR-OLD Acura. Boo-hoo; life's so un-fee-yah!
by DFJD May 10, 2006
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