Radio Boston (WBUR), “The Long History of Boston ‘Mobspeak'”

July 3, 2013

Interview on WBUR’s “Radio Boston” about the colorful language of the Whitey Bulger trial. (July 3, 2013)

Linguist Ben Zimmer’s been listening closely to the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, and he says witness testimony has “opened up a time capsule of old-school Boston mobspeak” that traces its history back more than 300 hundred years.

(Show page, audio, related Boston Globe column)

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