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Charlotte Canelli is the library director of the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, Massachusetts. Read Charlotte’s column in the August 13, 2015 issue of the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.
I moved away from Massachusetts as a young child and returned for a long visit at the age of 19. Here in New England as a young adult, the Boston Bruins and fried clams had me at hello. I also fell in love with a Boston boy, which I don’t entirely regret because he was the reason I returned to live in Massachusetts a year later.
I quickly picked up New England slang and colloquiums like “packy” and “wicked” and “the Gahden.” However, I never quite got the hang of “down Purity” or “down Zayre’s”. It seemed a disgusting grammatical habit of my group of Bostonian relatives and friends to leave out the prepositions “to” or “at.” No one cared about my annoying complaints, though. Purity Supreme and Zayre’s eventually disappeared as they were swallowed up by competitors and the habit seemed to disappear with the 20th Century. (more…)