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Old 02-17-2008, 12:00 AM
 
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There's tons of them. John Gould wrote a book full of Maine-isms. You can still find it at used-book stores.

I love reading John Gould's books. What a prolific writer and an amazingly long life!
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Old 02-17-2008, 09:17 AM
 
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In the Doctor's office with my mother-in-law last week, a gentleman told me he "skunned" his shin (instead of skinned his shin). My husband says skunned, too. He says his Dad used to say it, so I'm guessing it's a Maine thing.

another i hear alot is "unthaw" as in "thaw"

"whats for suppa mothuh? well, im thinking bout unthawing some deerburger for shepards pie"
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Old 02-17-2008, 09:54 AM
 
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These are great!! You've really done your research!. Keep 'em coming!
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Old 02-17-2008, 10:03 AM
 
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I didn't realize how much of a Mainer I was. I use about half of these Maine-ism's all of the time. I showed them to my son and he said "jeeze it sounds just like you Dad."
He probably meant to say jeezum- crow but was being polite.
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Old 02-17-2008, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Down Cellar (where I came from it was a basement, and I went down to the basement.)
My house has a cellar under the original house and a basement under the addition. A cellar has a dirt floor and probably field stone walls. It might have a drain hole in the floor for gray water. I've thought about chartering a boat down there some springs. A basement has a poured foundation.
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Old 02-17-2008, 11:55 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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It might have a drain hole in the floor for gray water. I've thought about chartering a boat down there some springs. A basement has a poured foundation.
I'm with you Maine Writer! A few years ago my sump pump gave up the ghost, and I thought about leaving it alone and having the Fishery guys come stock it for me.

Mine is a cellar all the way.
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Old 02-17-2008, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Virginia (soon Ellsworth)
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now i am confuse, i though cellar is a place to store food (potatoes, onions, apples, etc...) I planed to build one to keep food to last through the winter.

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I'm with you Maine Writer! A few years ago my sump pump gave up the ghost, and I thought about leaving it alone and having the Fishery guys come stock it for me.

Mine is a cellar all the way.
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Old 02-17-2008, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Cellar...room beneath ground level, especially one for storing fruits and vegetables, both raw and canned, on a farm. A typical cellar may be beneath the house or located outdoors, partly underground, with the upper part mounded over with earth to protect from freezing and to maintain fairly constant temperature and humidity. Such a structure is sometimes called a root cellar. …
Basement...1: the part of a building that is wholly or partly below ground level
2: the ground floor facade or interior in Renaissance architecture
3: the lowest or fundamental part of something; specifically : the rocks underlying stratified rocks
4: chiefly New England : a toilet or washroom especially in a school
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Old 02-17-2008, 03:18 PM
 
Location: LadyLake, FL
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Default Maine-iac

My dad was a Maine-iac at the National Guard base in Bangor. I call myself a Maine-iac. When everybody hears me talk, they think I'm from Boston. Bleh! I tell them, no, I'm from Maine and don't you dare call me a Yankee. Those are the overgrown kids who wear pinstripe uniforms in the Bronx. Never call a Red Sox fan a Yankee! Jeesum rice. LOL
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Old 02-17-2008, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA/Dover-Foxcroft, ME
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When I was a kid, my grandmother said I was "cunnin" a lot.

I always took my bike to the store to buy candy and "tonic". When our family moved to Connecticut, I had to call it "pop". In California, it's just "soda". How boring.
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