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A Wicked Smaaht Guide to All Things Boston
Ryan Gormady and Ryan DeLisle
A fun reference book for all things Boston; complete with info graphics and glossary of the terms and “slang” that makes Bostonians unique. The book will include historical facts and references of the words’ origins. The book will also include landmarks, both historic and cultural, and why they’re so important to the city. The goal is to create a book for all ages to reference whether they’ve been to Boston once, lived here their whole life, or just plan to visit one day. Boston has a lot of universal references throughout pop culture and this book will be the go-to resource for people to learn more, get a laugh, and understand the people of Boston.
We are working out the organization, but it will be broken into categories
For example, the weather pages would begin with a few pages with some fun facts about the weather in Boston, some general weather humor info and then it will go into different anecdotes and slang explanations related to the the weather. Ex. Muggie, Scortcha, Wintah, Wicked Humid, etc… Each anecdote page will be then be accompanied by some fun facts related to the slang term.
Anytime the weather in Boston is over 90 degrees, you will hear someone say "It's a Scortcha out there.” This is what we call hazy, hot, & humid! On a
of a day a typical Bostonian would visit Dunks for an "Iced" an extra time or two, anyone with a pool will be getting a message asking "What are you doing today", and social media will be full of photos showing temperature gauges inside cars (unless you drive a "beater", they don't usually have temperature gauges). Even if we suffered a tough winter Bostonians will be complaining about the heat. In fact most conversations in Boston are weather related...............
(Page will have accompanying art, maybe a funny caricature of someone sweating in the heat or in a float in a pool, and will have some related facts about Boston weather.. maybe avg. temperatures during summer months)
Food & Drink Concepts
Tonic "Swigga Tonic"
Bang A Uey
Other Concepts, To Be Categorized:
Hawahya? No response required
Globe Pequot Press
Size: 6 x 7
978-1-4930-2477-3 • Paperback • May 2017 •
978-1-4930-2478-0 • eBook • April 2017 •
Travel / United States / Northeast / New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
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About the Authors
Ryan Gormady & Ryan Delisle were both raised in the Boston area. They attended the University of Massachusetts together where they noticed that anyone from out of state had no idea what a "Bubblah" is. . . Ryan Delisle lived in Hawaii for a few years and began to appreciate the “funny” way he said things and took pride in friendly ridicule. Ryan Gormady, founded Chowaheadz, a company that sells Boston themed products. They are close friends who smile every time they hear someone order a “quatah pounda shahp cheddah” at the deli.
For over 10 years Chowdaheadz has been the #1 spot for “Wicked Awesome Stuff” and lifestyle products about Boston. Products are sold through the website
and to select retailers in the Boston area. From t-shirts bearing the slogan “Wicked Pissah” to a candle called “Summahtime,” the products are unique, fun, and designed for people that love Boston!
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