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Americans make fun of New Englanders' linguistic foibles. So do New Englanders.



Pahk the cah in Hahvud Yahd goes the old joke about New Englanders dropping their 'r's.

It's true: not that you can park your car in Harvard Yard (you can't) but that New Englanders drop lots of 'r's.

They then re-introduce them in surprising places where 'r's are not written, like John F Kennedy's famous Cuber ("KYOO-berr" = Cuba).

Most of the world might pronounce the name of the city of Woburn as "WOE-burn," but to locals it's "WOO-bön."

You'll get used to it. More usefully, in printed text you may see the names of the six New England states abbreviated as Ct. or Conn.; Ma. or Mass.; Me. (Maine); N.H.; R.I.; and Vt.

In postal addresses the proper abbreviations are CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and VT.

By the way, citizens of Massachusetts in general and Bostonians in particular are famous for abbreviating everything when speaking, especially their state's long Indian name.

Massachusetts becomes "Mass." Massachusetts Avenue becomes "Mass. Ave.," Harvard Business School is "The 'B' School," the Jamaica Plain neighborhood is "JP," Cape Cod is just "The Cape," and Martha's Vineyard is truncated to "The Vineyard" (pronounced "thuh vinyuhd").

You could say the entire name, but...Why bawthuh?

Even Boston's subway, officially the MBTA Rapid Transit System, or MBTA, becomes merely "The T."

So theyah!

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Harvard Yard, Cambridge MA

Hahvuhd Yahd. (No pahking...)

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