Lawn-Guyland is the correct pronunciation for Long Island. Usually, it sounds like one word instead of two. I have to explain this to everyone at Emerson because people are always making fun of my accent (even though I never notice it). The Long Island accent mostly changes any “o” like sound to an “aw” sound. Therefore, if I was going to say “I’m going to take my dog on a walk along the boardwalk”, I would say it like this: “I’m going to take my dawg on a wawlk alawng the boardwawlk.” But Long Island accents are not the only things we are known for. Below I have listed just some of the things that make Long Island, Lawn-Guyland.
Every time I walk into the dining hall, I reluctantly get a bagel from the general bag of bagels near the ice cream machine. It saddens me whenever I try to compare a Long Island bagel to a DH bagel. It’s just not, and will never be the same.
It’s typical in Long Island to say that you want a BEC instead of bacon, egg, and cheese. However, whenever I’m at Emerson, I’m forced to say the long version. I also had to get accustomed to people getting bacon, egg, and cheeses on croissants, or English muffins. BECs should always go on bagels, no further questions asked.
I’m not sure what people think I mean when I say that “I have to transfer at Jamaica”, but I’m not talking about the Caribbean island. Jamaica refers to a stop on the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road), usually used to allow people to switch trains if they are coming to or from New York City. Naturally, many people complain about it, hence why it always has a negative connotation.
- The City
Whenever a Long Islander says “I’m going to the City,” they are referring to New York City. No one actually says New York City because it’s already implied. Therefore, whenever I’m in Boston and I say I’m going to the City, I’m referring to NYC, not the city of Boston (I already live there, so that wouldn’t make sense).
- “On line”
When you are a Long Islander, you live on Long Island, not in Long Island. It’s the same concept whenever you are “on line” in the supermarket versus being “in line” at the supermarket. Is it proper English? No. Is it how it should be said? Yes.
I’ve said several times in Boston that it is “brick” out. I’ve gotten many weird looks from this phrase. When I’m saying this, I’m referring to the cold weather. Usually cold weather when it’s 20 degrees and the wind chill is 10 mph or more. Rest assured that when I say it’s “brick” out or it’s “brick titties” (another common way to say it), I’m not predicting a weather forecast of bricks falling from the sky.
- Jones Beach
This is the beach that everyone has probably heard of but no one actually knows what or where it is. It’s a big beach on Long Island (see I said “on Long Island” just by habit) that also includes Jones Beach Theater, where every concert typically takes place over the summer. It’s a good place to know or visit if you are ever in the area.
Ralph refers to Ralph’s Italian Ices. Located in several towns on Long Island, it is the very popular version of your typical ice cream shop. I have a Ralph’s practically around the block from where I live, so I always end up making a weekly visit over the summer.
- “Bro” or “Bruh”
Whenever I’m in school, my non-Long Island friends always ridicule me whenever I say or text the word “bro” or “bruh”. Personally, I think the word “bruh” is more popular now than “bro”, but both mean the same thing. They both are used whenever you are talking to a friend or person you respect in typical conversation. They can also be used as an exclamation whenever something is bothering you. For example, when my brother is making you late to school, I might go “Bruhhhhh.”
This is the sport that everyone plays or has played in Long Island. Even though I am a soccer player, I played lacrosse for a long portion of my life. It never seems as intense in Boston as it was in Long Island. That will probably never change.
NYP is not the definition of authentic pizza. I give them credit, but in the end, Long Island has the best pizza ever. The cheese is melted properly, and the crust isn’t too burnt. It’s just always done right. I don’t know how else to explain it.
Besides being the matter that keeps us warm in the long Boston winter months, it also stands for Fire Island. Yes, it is another Island. And yes, it is an island off of an island. That’s just the way it is.
- The Hamptons
The Hamptons refer to the really rich area of Long Island that people typically have a house in or go to visit over the summer because it is right by the beach. I think I’ve been only a few times my entire life. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be and it’s very, very expensive to go there, even just for a night.
After living in Boston, I have assimilated myself into a new culture; however, I will never forget my Long Island roots. I’ll never be able to get a more satisfying sunset photo, nor will I ever get a better bagel than a BEC from Long Island. As much as I want to escape the Long Island trends and try something new, these things will always draw me back. It is and will always be my home.