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    Pride or Prejudice?

    Pride or Prejudice?

    Spotted in Seekonk, Massachusetts, on a car with Massachusetts plates.

    I’ve heard Mass residents refer to themselves this way, so I’m not sure if it’s a pejorative or not.

    There must be some deeper meaning.  On the other hand, …

    Bumper Sticker - Seekonk MA - Masshole

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    djscoe | March 23, 2013 at 9:20 am

    It’s a pejorative alright. I believe that phrase started in Maine where my fellow Bay Staters like to go and drive like they are home. Mainers are very polite drivers. We are not. (Rhode Islanders are even worse). But this phrase seems to have been adopted by a lot of people here with some inexplicable pride.


     
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    theOtherKen | March 23, 2013 at 10:09 am

    As we like to say hearabouts… it is what it is.

    This always puzzled me when I lived in Mass (not far from Seekonk, btw). Massachusetts natives seem to take pride in being “massholes,” while “new” residents (i.e. anyone not born there of a family also born there) seem to mean it as an insult.

    It’s sort of like “Taxachusetts”; locals wear that label like a banner of pride, while “outsiders” tend to be derisive in their use of the term.

    And hey, where’s our thumbs up/down button!?


     
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    jacksonjay | March 23, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I think Denis Leary, the ultimate Masshole, performed the Masshole anthem, “I’m an Asshole!”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_KDAicF0Yo


     
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    joated | March 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I see this a a clear case of truth in advertising.


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