The word “spa” in MassachusettsPosted: October 2, 2015
Massachusetts local dialect is all over the Web these days*. This is a favorite topic of mine.
A discussion of placemats caused my sister to send the above photo, and sent me looking into the Massachusetts use of the word “spa.”
Best (first) source I found was (of course?) at Village 14, “Newton’s Virtual Village”:
The word spa comes to us from Spa, Belgium:
The greatest Belgian in fiction? Some people say its Poirot but I say it’s Remy from “Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.”
For Massachusetts dialect, let me give a shoutout to David Hackett Fischer’s Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways In America.
This guy is a boss. He tells us that what we think of as the “Boston accent” might have its origin in the dialect of East Anglia:
Also he suggests how Scots-Irish people brought us pig-ribs and fighting and gun-love.
- see previous Helytimes coverage of the ocean sunfish here