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From frappes to Filene's: Demystifying Boston quirks

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Here's a question of dire importance: is it a milkshake? Or a frappe?

There are all sorts of Boston-specific phrases and quirks that, for transplants, may as well be a foreign language. From rotaries, jimmies, and tonic, to the obsession with Dunkin', to those post-blizzard space savers, Boston has its own language.

We dive into those Boston peculiarities and what newcomers need to know to sound like Boston natives with Kara Baskin, a Boston Globe correspondent.

This article was originally published on February 08, 2022.

This segment aired on February 8, 2022.

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