The Maine
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Tag: lingo

Main, the

from Maine Lingo: Boiled Owls, Billdads, & Wazzats by John Gould MAIN, THE: The mainland. Early European fishermen found the offshore islands of Maine, and beyond them the main, which explains the state’s name. James Rosier, official scribe for the George Weymouth expedition of 1605, says as much: “Our captaine discovered up a great river trending alongst into the […]

Woodbox and Clearn

from Maine Lingo: Boiled Owls, Billdads, & Wazzats by John Gould WOODBOX: The kitchen box for firewood which has additional duties in transferred usage. To be “sick a-bed in the woodbox” is to be laid up with a minor complaint which, although distressing, doesn’t put you to bed. To be flabbergasted by sudden bad news is to be “knocked […]

Casting Bread and Cookee

River, Branch, Sluice

Groaner

from Maine Lingo: Boiled Owls, Billdads, & Wazzats by John Gould GROANER: A foghorn with a prolonged moan and only one tone. A two-toned horn, listed on charts as a diaphone, is called a grunter.

Raise A Ruction

from Maine Lingo: Boiled Owls, Billdads, & Wazzats by John Gould Raise A Ruction: To start a fuss, by one person or by several. Tax bills come out, and everybody raises a ruction. Ruction usually suggests a big stew over some small matter, or at least a matter that will not be altered much by the ruction. Some scholarly authorities think ruction […]

Cold As A Dog And The Wind Northeast

from Maine Lingo: Boiled Owls, Billdads, & Wazzats by John Gould COLD AS A DOG AND THE WIND NORTHEAST: A most excellent term to show the magic and charm with which Mainers adorn their speech, and the title of a book by Ruth Moore. There is nothing in God’s great world so cold as a short-haired dog faithfully sitting […]

Wuzzup News, January 28th

produced by Jack Peters Wuzzup News, January 28, 2016 from LCTV on Vimeo.

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