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Friday, May 18, 2007

OFD or DBC?

There’s something faintly annoying about those “OFD: Originally from Dorchester” medallions and bumper stickers. Yes, it’s nice that people are proud of coming from Dorchester, but the word ‘originally’ sticks in the craw. It implies something like, “Yes, I was born in Dorchester, but I was smart enough to get out.” Mike Baker, in last year’s Dorchester Reporter, sarcastically suggests a rewording to read “OFDBNILIW (Originally From Dorchester But Now I Live In Weymouth).”

I much prefer the new ones, which read “DBC: Dorchester by Choice.” That’s for those of us who voluntarily moved into Dorchester. We know that we’re not natives, but we moved here by choice. And we’re staying here by choice.

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