The Maine
An artful dialogue about the wonders of the state.

Tag: surprise

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 […]

Hornswoggle

from Maine Lingo: Boiled Owls, Billdads, & Wazzats by John Gould HORNSWOGGLE: The standard dictionaries defined this as to cheat, hoax, swindle, and bamboozle. But Mainers use it in quite another sense to indicate amazement. Usually, a happy surprise. When a good friend you haven’t seen in years walks into your yard, you may grab his hand and exclaim, […]

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