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So, who won the Italy/England soccer match?

People celebrate Italy UEFA win on Hanover Street

One look at Hanover Street will tell you. Adam Castligioni shows us the scene on Hanover and Prince streets. He reports Hanover is now a pedestrian plaza.

More photos by Matt Conti.

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Also, the Carl Yastrzemski guy (Yaz, noted for both his Italian-ness and proficiency in soccer) is giving off big Sam Adams “Your cousin…from Boston” vibes. .

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That's how you do it, Huyndai, with your stupid-ass accents and third-rate SNL alum.

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…the Hyundai commercial is a solid B+ with the accent.

Obviously “Jay/baby wheel/tuna bro” is the gold standard. But no matter what commercial/film/tv show, the majority local opinion is “that accent is so inauthentic”. Like there are locals who argue that Mark Wahlberg’s accent in THE DEPARTED is not at all authentic and a bunch of people will pile on to agree. Sure, there are some performances in that film that should have avoided attempting the accent, but I swear there are Boston-area natives that are in denial about how pronounced some of us speak with an accent.

(Caveat that the accent is not as prevalent as it used to be and certain school districts have done a good job in nutralizing the accent over the last 30 years.)

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I always thought it was amusing, ironic even, that the two Boston natives in "The Departed" Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon (OK, Cambridge for the latter) do not use their natural accents, but put on affected Boston accents. Apparently the "real" Boston accent (which isn't as monolithic as people think) is not palatable for the general public who expect, in fact demand, the exaggerated "pahk the cah in...etc" version. It seemed to me the voice Damon apes in that movie is that of fellow actor and Somerville native, the late Alex Rocco. Sounds just like him.

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RIP Alex Rocco and John Cazale.

I will add to your comment that if you are of a certain age or older, you could probably pinpoint microregional diferences in accents like Braintree/Weymouth vs Malden/Somerville.

For instance, having grown up on the South Shore, I knew someone was from Charlestown/Medford because they had a more nasal pronunciation that my friends born in/or had parents from Southie or Dorchester didn’t. I promise you people from Southie and people from Revere could identify each other as outsiders based on accent 40’years ago.

So yes, even if you grew up with “the accent” but you grew up in Scituate, your accent sounds different from the people who grew up in Medford even if few people outside of Massachusetts couldn’t tell the difference.

The point being is that while native speakers recognize that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all accent that represents all of us and people from Omaha and Seattle will never hear the subtle differences, most movie audiences will never detect the difference between Jay and the Baby Wheel and GOOD WILL HUNTING, therefore we, as Boston-area natives, underrate how well many of these movies hit “the accent”.

[Side note: best non-native to ever nail—absolutely nailed—the accent is NYC’s Amy Ryan I’m GONE BABY GONE]

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…but I know it was long before the World Wide Web. I think it might have been a newspaper article. In any case the gist of what it said was that many of the micro-accents were attributable to the influence of the ethnic majority in a given area. The Boston accent filtered through an Italo-American community, for example, would be different (hello, Medford, Somerville, and East Cambridge) than the “Harvard accent” of Beacon Hill and the Back Bay. Of course this isn’t hard and fast. Rose Kennedy and her children sounded more like Beacon Hill, while Cardinal Cushing didn’t (though Latin with a Boston accent was definitely something else)
https://youtu.be/ZiU1wljMx2o

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... in the early 1970s, it was very easy to distinguish accents from the north Boston area and the south Boston area. (At least after a friend from Revere taught me how to do so). When I returned in 1997 (after a LONG absence), I was surprised at how things had become so attenuated.

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I'd hate to see one of the city's most important driving thoroughfares taken away from the cars that depend on it and used solely for the merrymaking of hundreds of happy pedestrians enjoying a stroll down one of Boston's most tourist-choked landmarks

(And for the one guy, yes, this is sarcastic)

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The current thinking among most historians, especially those who graduated within the last five years, is that the City of Boston was actually built by bike-riding craft beer drinkers. BPDA planners have long envisioned a city which would be like a gigantic Universal CityWalk. All deliveries will be made through tunnels, and construction will be done at night.

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Celebrations can be great, but the festivities left hundreds of squashed beer cans and dozens of both glass beer bottles and large champagne bottles in the street, on the sidewalk, in flower pots, etc.

I didn’t get to see it this morning, but I shuddered for bike riders, dogs and others who would encounter the inevitable broken glass.

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