If you’re from the New England area, you may have seen this awesome commercial for McDonald’s Newman’s Own coffee. Before handing over the coffee, there is a quiz that a guy has to answer of regional slang. I have been officially assimilated because I understood most of them right off the bat! Still, there are some that even Doug, a Massachusetts lifer of 50 years, hadn’t heard of. Here’s the quiz:
- Blizzard of... ? ‘78. (Say “Blizzehd”)
- Newyorkachusetts? Connecticut. (I’ve lived in NY, CT and MA for a total of 36 years and haven’t heard of this one.)
- Drinking fountain? Bubbler. (Or Bubblah if you pronounce it correctly.)
- What do they ask for at a packie? ID. (Packie = package store = liquor store).
- Sprinkles or Jimmies? Jimmies. (Jimmies are usually only the chocolate kind of sprinkles.)
- 5 inches of snow? Dustin’.
- Manhattan chowder? Never heard of it (I never had it even when I lived in NY).
- Newyorkachusetts? Connecticut.
- Turn signal? Sign of weakness.
- Left on Spitbrook? Right on Daniel Webster.
- EEEENHHH (the sound of a ferry horn)? Island Queen.
- Irish Riviera? South Shore.
- Worcester? Woostah.
- Ant? Aunt.
- Best Broadway show evah? Wicked.
"Left on Spit Brook, Right on Dan'l Webster" is a correct question and answer (referring to the old Jordan's [radio] ad [from the eighties], as stated elsewhere). The next noise the questioner makes isn't a signal for "wrong" but rather the sound of a ferry horn, specifically for the Island Queen Ferry to Martha's Vineyard. Brilliant commercial. We actually set the TiVo and reran the spot until we figured this one out.”Yeah, we reran our DVR without such enlightenment (Doug claims he figured it out while I was traveling). But we did have a lengthy discussion about that intersection. We are extremely familiar with the intersection of Spitbrook Road and Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua, NH because it is the center of all commerce for those of us who live in Taxachusetts and shop in tax free and die New Hampshire. In fact I probably frequent that intersection at least once a week.
When I moved to the area in 1995, the major landmark at Spitbrook and Daniel Webster was the Green Ridge Turkey Farm restaurant. It may have been great in its heyday, but it was horrible when we went.
Vintage postcard from Card Cow.
Soon afterwards, it became a huge Barnes and Noble (a monstrosity by comparison). Sure it has books, Starbucks and wi-fi, but it just isn’t as quaint, which may be why I have a distaste for B&N in general. So next time you see the McDonald's ad, remember the Turkey Farm!
Image from Barnes & Noble.
We’ve since seen another of these commercials with a guy and a girl in a library with a new set of questions (this time I religiously rewound it on the spot when it came on):
- Vermont state bird? Hermit thrush.
- Ball slowly rolls past? First base (that Bill Buckner play is forever seared in my mind).
- Bowling? Candlepin (my kids have played no other kind of bowling!)
- Downeaster? Resident of Maine.
- Nor’easter? Wicked bad storm.
- Your hair smells like sunshine. What? Nothing, coffee?
The commercials must be working because Doug’s coffee of choice is now McDonald’s Newman’s Own instead of Dunkin Donuts. Me? I’m too cheap to buy coffee I don’t make.