Bostonisms: The best and worst

City nicknames: Beantown, The Hub, The Walking City, Cradle of Modern America

Biggest Boston names: Conan O’Brien, Donnie Wahlberg, Mark Wahlberg, Edgar Allen Poe, JFK, Bobby Brown

Most infamous Boston name: Whitey Bulger, need I say more?

The final resting place of: Sam Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, Boston Massacre victims

Best excuse to dress in costume: Boston Pride Week or anytime you want to head over to Boston Costume

Best Chinese food: Head on down to Chinatown and pick a place.

Best underage bar: There isn’t one.

Best place to take visitors: Harvard Square. Who doesn’t love it’s charm? There are tons of great places to eat and places to go.

Worst place to take visitors: Jamaica Plain since it can be a bit sketchy at night and there isn’t a whole lot to do, unless you want to head on over to the Arnold Arboretum

Best place to spend a nice day: Boston Common. When it’s nice out, bring a book and a blanket and just hang out. It’s easy to relax and spend time with friends.

Most accurate movie depiction of Boston: The Departed, only because we wish we were that bad ass.

Best place to avoid college students: It isn’t possible. “There are more college students per square foot in Boston than any other city in the Western Hemisphere.

Boston’s most neglected treasure: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Of course, everyone wants to go to the MFA, but the ISGM is unique and not to mention that famous heist.

The best bar to get thrown out of: Tequila Rain, because you know whatever story goes along with getting thrown out, is going to be amusing.

Best place to eat at 4am: The South Street Diner because it’s one of the few places that’s open really late and the food is pretty darn good.

Biggest holiday: St. Patrick’s Day. It’s every Irishman’s excuse to get drunk on green beer and run around the city like an idiot. Oh, and there’s a parade in Southie.

Best grocery store: Trader Joe’s because it isn’t as expensive as Whole Foods, and it is still signficantly better than Shaw’s

Biggest claim to fame: The Boston Tea Party, duh. Who didn’t learn about it in American history?

Best local food: The Fenway Frank, of course. Who doesn’t love a delicious hot dog?

Biggest local debate: Is Whitey Bulger dead or not? I don’t think we’ll ever know.

Things we just don’t talk about: The ball going between Bill Buckner’s legs… Everyone died a little inside that day

Cool things Bostonians can do: Say “wicked” and look cool doing it

Things we hate hearing: Other people impersonating a Boston accent

The least-true stereotype: Everyone in Massachusetts is liberal. Yes, Massachusetts may have been the first to legalize gay marriage, and we always vote Democratic BUT not everyone is liberal. That’s a gross generalization

The most-true stereotype: Bad drivers. Often referred to as a “Masshole”, the Massachusetts driver is often aggressive and has a higher premium than you.

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