Maine Words and Phrases (they don't always mean what you think they mean)

Maine Words and Phrases (they don't always mean what you think they mean)

When you visit Maine, you might hear some interesting things.  This post is to help clarify some of them.

Here's a couple:

  • Mama - (pronounced: muhmuh) A man will often refer to his wife as mama.  Like: "Me and mama went out for a bite of suppah."
  • From Away - When someone is obviously not from Maine, they could be referred to as a 'flatlander,' but sometimes people say, "Don't worry about him, he's from away."  Depending on context, it might be an insult, but don't take it that way, Mainers are forgiving.
  • Skidder Mama (pronounced: skiddah mahma [different than the 'mama' pronunciation above]) - An insult usually refering to the size of a woman.  (Don't use, especially if you are a 'flatlander' [which means you aren't a Mainer]).
  • Regarding the Accent - Often words that end in 'r' and exchanged with a 'ah' sounds.  This could be something like, "Let's go for a ride in the cah [car]."  However, you should note that the opposite is also true.  You will hear times when words that end in 'a' are exchanged with 'er.'  An example of this would be, "Grab me a me a soder [soda] from the coolah."
  • Southern States - This is not meaning the lower half of the Eastern US.  This typical means anywhere Massachusetts and south from there.
  • Wikipedia has many many more:

So, be careful of what you hear, it may mean something totally different than what you imagine.  To get your accustomed to the thick accent, check out the audio clip below.  By the way, if that isn't enough for you, just go down by the water and hang out at the docks and hear the fishermen (and fisherwomen) in person.  That should be some entertainment (but don't worry, the entertainment probably goes both ways).



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