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Updated on Aug 13, 2018. Posted on May 7, 2017

Do You Know What These Maine Slang Words Mean?

Are you a Mainah or an outta-statah?

  1. Which of these sentences uses the word "wicked" improperly?

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    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    "Wicked" implies an extreme degree, so it would make more sense to say "He bought that car for a wicked good price."

  2. Where is
    a person from
    if they are 
    "from away"?

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    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Tourist or transplant, "from away" covers anyone who's not from Maine.

  3. You've been invited to go sleddin' — which of these do you bring?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    The snow would've given you a clue — in Maine, snowmobiling = sleddin'.

  4. The word "numb" could mean
    any of these things
    except which one?

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    Wrong! 

    Aside from the usual dictionary definitions, Mainers often use "numb" to mean "stupid."

  5. Which of
    these words is used to refer to lobsters?

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    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    If someone's out buggin', it means they're lobstah fishin'.

  6. Your friend from Maine says their car got "stove up."
    What do they mean?

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    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    In this context, "stove up" means broken or damaged.

  7. You tell a Mainer about the fish you caught and his response is "Daow!" How do you s'pose he feels?

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    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    An exclamation of "daow!" is a common way to express negation or skepticism.

  8. What does cunnin' mean in Maine slang?

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    Wrong! 

    As in "Look at the baby, ain't he cunnin'?"

  9.  You ask a Mainer
    if they want to
    have dinner,
    but they say they're
    "drove right up."
    What does this mean?

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    Wrong! 

    In other words, they're right out straight all day.

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