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15.
A neighborhood in Scituate, Massachusetts, soon to be a terminus for a reinstated (dormant since the 1950's) commuter railroad.
The Greenbush Line will travel from Boston's South Station, making stops in Quincy, Braintree, Weymouth, Hingham, Cohasset, and Scituate.

The upper-South Shore is the last area in Greater Boston without adequate commuter transit. There is a Commuter Boat from Hingham, but most parking is reserved for Hingham residents, at discounted rates!

A boorish, vocal group of Hingham residents tried every trick in the book to "de-rail" the Greenbush Line. A Boston Globe columnist from nearby Weymouth mercilessly, and justifiably, described these NIMBY activists as petulant primadonnas.
by DFJD May 10, 2006
 
16.
The way in which Canadians, especially in the Fredericton-Moncton corridor of New Brunswick, pronounce, sore-y, pro-NOONCE, the mascot of Walt Disney World.
A popular children's song in Fredericton, Oromocto, and Riverview:

Who's the leader of the club
That's made for you and me?
M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!

Mickey MOOSE! Donald Duck!
Mickey MOOSE! Donald Duck!
Forever let us hold our banners HOY!
HOY! HOY! HOY!
by DFJD October 29, 2008
 
17.
Acronym for “friend of a cousin,” (pronounced to rhyme with folk, as in the first syllable of folklore, for good reason), used to justify and/or rationalize a politically incorrect stereotype or urban legend.

Also used when asking a potentially embarrassing question about you. One uses a nonexistent “friend of a cousin” as a scapegoat to make the question more appropriate and/or to diffuse suspicion that the questioner is involved in such behavior.

Can also be rearranged to mean a “cousin of a friend,” “friend of a coworker,” “neighbor of an uncle,” etc. The “source” of the anecdote or person you are trying to “help” must be a vaguely-defined person at least two degrees of separation away from you.
A FOAC (friend of a cousin) or similar variants are described as follows:

A friend of a cousin has a neighbor who collects welfare and food stamps, yet drives a late-model Cadillac (Audi, Volvo, Lexus, etc.), has “deluxe package” Cable TV, and supposedly owns a cottage down at the shore. The cousin works 60 hours a week and drives a twelve-year old Volkswagen (Subaru, Chevrolet, Honda, etc.), can only afford basic cable (and doesn’t have the time to watch, anyway), and only takes a long-weekend vacation every two to three years.

A cousin of a friend is applying for a job requiring urine testing. Problem is, he has been smoking marijuana and illegally obtained pills containing Xanax and Codeine for years. How long will it take for him to get the drugs out of his system? And, by the way, are there any side effects of withdrawal I should have my friend tell his cousin about?

A coworker’s uncle got a flat front-tire while he was driving through Newark. A couple of minutes after he got out of the car to change the tire, he saw somebody trying to rip off the rear wheels of his car. “What the hell are you doing?,” asked this uncle, at the same time shocked, angry, and possibly fearing for his life. “Take it easy, man,” said the guy who’s removing the wheel from the back of the car. “You can have everything at the front of the car and I’ll strip the back.”

My neighbor has a nephew who works as a cashier at the A&P. He says many of his customers using food stamps buy prime rib, lobster, and other expensive food and, by the way, a few always try to buy beer and cigarettes with the stamps, which is illegal. Some of the customers use the stamps to buy their groceries and, after loading up their BMWs and Acuras with the food, come back into the store to buy their beer and cigarettes, with a “wad of twenties” in their hand.

My sister's brother-in-law is friends with a guy who owns an apartment building. One of the tenants is a 35 year old woman, on welfare and Section 8, who is not only a mother but also a grandmother! The woman has five kids from three men. A 17 year old daughter, two sons, 15 and 10, and two other daughters, 7 and 4. The 17 year old has followed her mother's lead in becoming a teenage mother and, like her mother, will probably not work a day in her life, yet get enough money to live a fairly decent lifestyle.
by DFJD August 16, 2009
 
18.
A "town that's technically a city" of approximately 55,000 residents in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, about 13 miles south-east of downtown Boston.

The town's length is about 7 miles north-to-south; the width is about 3.5 miles east-to-west.

Weymouth is on the South Shore, fondly nicknamed the Irish Riviera.

IMO, one of the town's true gems is Grape Island, located in the southern part of Boston Harbor and within Weymouth's jurisdiction.
A couple of years ago, a Boston Globe columnist who grew up in Weymouth stated that "Weymouth ain't Wellesley, it's not Weston, and it sure isn't Hingham. And that's a really good thing." That quote is on the Weymouth government web site, BTW.

However, Weymouth, MA is quickly becoming a gentrified town. While it will never vie with nearby Cohasset, Hingham, Milton, or Norwell in overall demographics, the town is rapidly shedding its blue collar reputation.

I wouldn't be surprised if, in five-years time, many people talking about the "old neighborhood" will be referring to Brookline or Cambridge, not necessarily Dorchester, South Boston, or Quincy.

I am seeing more Subaru Outback, Audi Quattro, and Volvo Cross Country cars parked in even the most modest of Weymouth establishments.

Weymouth has traditionally been a "Chevy and Toyota" kind of town.

Although I am happy to see Weymouth progressing economically, I fear that many longtime residents, and first-time home buyers who traditionally consider Weymouth a "step-up" to more affluent communties, will be priced out of this town altogether.
by DFJD May 10, 2006
 
19.
A Boston suburb of 20,000 residents, of whom about 17,000 are nouveau riche natives of Dorchester, South Boston, and West Roxbury.

Located on the South Shore, affectionately known as the Irish Riviera.

The town's nemesis is the neighboring blue collar, albeit increasingly yuppiefied town of Weymouth. Nearby Cohasset and Scituate are demographically similar, but do not have the "obnoxious reputation" of Hingham.
The good...

There are, indeed, many Hingham residents are decent, empathetic, and modest in demeanor.

The Derby Street Shoppes have finally brought upscale shopping to the South Shore. This plaza is home to the South Shore's first Whole Foods Market.

The four best things to come out of Hingham, in no particular order: Route 3, Route 3A, Route 53, and Route 228.

The bad...

For those familiar with the British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, Hingham has the highest-percentage of Irish-American Hyacinth Buckets in the country.

Money doesn't necessarily mean class. You can take the kid out of Southie, Savin Hill, Fields Corner, but you can't take the ___ out of the kid!

Hingham, living proof that one doesn't have to live in Texas to be a wealthy, vapid-minded philistine.

Hingham has a disproportionate number of Toyota Land Cruiser and Mercury Mountaineer SUVs, almost 100% of which have never been off-road. (Note: The parking lot of Derby Street Shoppes or the South Shore Plaza does not constitute "off-road" driving)

A Boston Globe columnist from neighboring Weymouth has, rightfully, mercilessly lambasted Hingham for its single-handed roadblocks in the rebuilding of the Greenbush MBTA Commuter Rail line. This columnist, as I have, has taken pains to state that there are many Hingham residents who are just as indignant at these petulant prima donnas as other residents of the South Shore.

There is a Commuter Boat line to Boston from the Hingham Shipyard. However, most of the parking is allocated to Hingham residents, at a discounted price! So the option for Hull, Cohasset, Weymouth, and Scituate residents commuting from the Hingham Shipyard is not always feasible.

Hingham, little more than West Roxbury with some harborfront views.

And, most puzzling of all, many Hingham residents mispronounce their town as "Higgim." Hardly anybody from outside Hingham mispronounces the name of that town.
by DFJD May 10, 2006