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Wicked pissa of a day - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Wicked pissa of a day
You know, local dialect is drying up so quickly that you barely need a translator to get around Boston these days. So I was very surprised when a smiling janitor came over from the window this morning and said, "It's a pissa of a day, in't it?" Took me a minute to remember that, in Bostonian, that counterintuitively translates to, "She's a corker, ain't she?" Or, you know, "Damn, it's nice out--wish I weren't stuck at work," as we would say in the more literally minded climes.

Anyway, I had a nice long lunch break because there's no one to cover a regular break later, and I think I got enough stuff stored up to make a poem for tomorrow, including a random stranger who came up to me in the park and said, "Sister, why can't it be like this ALL YEAR?," a horrible artist staring forlornly at the same bunch of bad paintings he's been trying to sell on the streetcorner for at least two weeks, a strident woman in a power suit on the phone extolling progressive politics, and a T-shirt booth selling T-shirts saying, "We are all Kenyan today!"

Also, it's just very pretty out, and I had a nice, healthy lunch--turkey, asparagus, and mushrooms, all fresh.
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miss_daizy From: miss_daizy Date: April 14th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice weather can make such a difference, can't I? We've really been enjoying hanging around outside comfortably.
miss_daizy From: miss_daizy Date: April 14th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL - apparently I'm responsible for the nice weather. That should read "can't IT?" obviously.
leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: April 14th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh. If you said it was 'a pissa of a day' here in Australia you would mean it was crap. ;~P Or very funny - meaning you laughed so much you pissed yourself.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 14th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's used to mean "bad" sometimes as well. You have to judge by context. ;)
in_a_tizzy From: in_a_tizzy Date: April 14th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, I've lived in Boston all of my life. My family got off the boat and stayed here but I don't think I've ever heard anyone say pissa and mean it. It's always soemone being silly.

And also, it is so gorgeous out!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 14th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think this was the first time I'd heard it! It took a minute to adjust to the idea that he wasn't saying it ironically, and it really was, in fact, gorgeous out!
matril From: matril Date: April 15th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
My mother-in-law and her whole family have lived in Boston forever and have wonderful, wonderful dialects. My husband can speak in the dialect if he chooses to, which is a bit odd, but of his three siblings, only his youngest brother speaks with a regular Boston dialect. But at least someone of the younger generation is holding onto it. I don't think it's all drying up yet; I hope not. I love dialects.
faeriemaiden From: faeriemaiden Date: April 15th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC) (Link)

You have no idea how badly your entries make me miss Boston.
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