The Maine
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Feather White

an excerpt from Maine Lingo: Boiled Owls, Billdads, & Wazzats by John Gould FEATHER WHITE: A wind-whipped sea, all whitecaps, is said to be feather white. Hence, some degree of agitation in a person: “He came all feather white to give me a piece of his mind!”

Catch A Crab & Gorm

an excerpt from Maine Lingo: Boiled Owls, Billdads, & Wazzats by John Gould CATCH A CRAB  To mishandle oars while rowing so that there is a splash of water. Mainers transfer the term to any mistake, error, bungling, or gory miscue. GORM  Pronounced gawm. A favorite Maine word of delightfully obscure origin meaning to behave in a stupid, awkward manner. […]

Drive A Nail On Sunday

an excerpt from Maine Lingo: Boiled Owls, Billdads, & Wazzats by John Gould DRIVE A NAIL ON SUNDAY  That would profane the Lord’s Day, and aboard ship was unlucky. A vessel on which “no hand is asked to drive a nail on Sunday” was taking a landward phrase to sea, and it meant the labors where light on Sundays. […]

Money Cat

an excerpt from Maine Lingo: Boiled Owls, Billdads, & Wazzats by John Gould  MONEY CAT  A calico cat whose fur shows at least three or four colors. Mainers have always believed this oddity of color happens only in the female, and that if anybody ever finds it on a tomcat the thing will be “worth money.”

Advent, Day 12: Septentrional

Dear readers, Join The Maine for an adventure a day, each day of this advent season — big or small, by land or sea, with friends or solo, in image or word, exuberant or contemplative, real or conceptual. We live in a state of wonder, its wide open spaces anticipating our hope and joy. For 12/12/12 we have […]

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