It’s Pronounced HOW?

By Jeremy Dibbell

MHS Librarian Peter Drummey put his Boston pronunciation skills on the line in a recent column by Billy Palumbo over the “right” way to say “Tremont” (as in the name of the street). It’s an amusing look at some of Boston’s linguistic shibboleths, what they mean, and what they say about us.

Tremont is one of the more interesting Boston words, but there are so many others to choose from. My personal favorite is Faneuil, which I think I’ve heard said at least ten different ways.

Do you have a favorite Boston pronunciation? Or is there one that just drives you up the wall whenever you hear it? Is there one so egregiously wrong that you would stop someone on the street and correct them? Feel free to chime in in the Comments section!