• Joel Brown

    Staff Writer

    Joel Brown

    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

Comments & Discussion

Boston University moderates comments to facilitate an informed, substantive, civil conversation. Abusive, profane, self-promotional, misleading, incoherent or off-topic comments will be rejected. Moderators are staffed during regular business hours (EST) and can only accept comments written in English.

There is 1 comment on One Class, One Day: On the Trail of Boston’s Missing Rs

  1. Dear Joel,
    As a “child of Boston” (during the 50’s & 60’s I grew up in the Hyde Park section of Boston, where we certainly were “r less” in our speech patterns!), I very much enjoyed your article regarding Neal Myler’s class relative to the “r-less-ness” of the Boston accent! While it has been 34 years since I’ve lived in Boston, I remain “r-less” in my day-to-day speech. (You can take a “kid out of the city,” but you cannot “take the city out of the kid!) While my husband and I raised our children in the Town of Medfield, MA, we have 1 son who will never forgive us for not having raised him in Boston. (Tim is now living in L.A. doing music & sound for movies and TV shows, after having graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston. According to his wife Paula, (WHOM WE REALLY LOVE!) Tim is out there in L.A. “lying to people,” by telling them he “grew up in Hyde Park.” When I called him out on this matter, his response was “Mah, nobody here in L.A. ever heard of Medfield!” To which I replied, “Well, they never heard of Hyde Park either! Boston? Yes! Hyde Park! No.” (The exception, here would be actress Maura Tierney, who grew up 10 minutes from where I grew up!) And, if Neil would ever like to have a “TRUE Bostonian” (who is also a BU graduate… COM Class of 1985!) come to his class and do a bit of “speaking” in his class, I would welcome the opportunity! Best, Carol A. Suby

Post a comment.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *