Congrats to Hal Learnard of Washburn, ME! In our "Best Maine Expression" contest, he won the most votes with his old-time saying:
HE'S LIKE THE BUTTON ON THE BACKHOUSE DOOR, HE'S BEEN AROUND A LOT!!!!
Now if you didn't quite get what that means (and I have to admit, I was stumped) here's Hal's explanation:
The expression comes from the LOCK on the old time out house. The door swings out and when closed it is held in the lock position by a short slat with a nail in the middle. When you turn the slat (button) AROUND one way (horizontal) it holds the door against the frame. Turn the BUTTON AROUND to the vertical position and it allows the door to open. Hence : the lock gets turned around a great deal.
Get it? Ha ha ha!!
Anyway, congrats to Hal who gets a personalized copy of The Ghost Trap sent to him today and thanks to everyone else who put in some mighty choice expressions, some of which I'll list here. Some others were just too dirty--(but freakin' funny) to print!
“Give ’er tha dinnah, guy.” Usually chanted while someone is doing something stupid and show offy in a big, muddy truck.
“She's got a wicked nice body but looks like someone took a clam rake to her face”
Being a parent: “if you can’t feed em, don't breed em.”
"It’s blowin’ like a whore at a Legionairs convention…."
" Jeeh-zus, I wus sweatin hahda than a two dollah whore on fitty cent nite."
How much a girl weighs:
"She’s four ax-handles cross the width guy, guy!!!"
How to console someone:
"Get a couplah Bud poundahs in ya and you’ll be alright there, guy."
On someone's intelligence
"Oh that guy? He’s nummah than a hake."
When your truck won't work.
"What’s wrong? Is it all stove up?"
When you see someone you think you know:
"Hey, wasn’t you the blueberry princess? Was that you up to Walmahts?"
When something goes wicked fast:
“It’s like sh** through a tin horn”
How big is her ass?
“She’s got the ass the size of a $2 mule’s”
The way Mainers comment on anything:
"Christ, bub. Jeezum, guy."
If you weren't born in Maine:
"Just because your cat has her kittens in the oven don’t mean you can call ’em biscuits."
On being scared:
"Shaking hardah than a dog sh****n’ razor blades…guy.”
The all-time classic:
“Hahd tellin’, not knowin’.”
How did you get so drunk?
"Well I was “bailin it right to me.”
On the proper way to say Bangor
“Banger – I didn’t even know her”
Spread this list through Facebook and feel free to add more!
Hear a clip from Bob Marley to get primed for a classic Maine saying.
“Give ’er tha dinnah, guy” Usually chanted while someone is doing something stupid and show offy in a big, muddy truck.
It’s blowin’ like a whore at a Legionairs convention…. (when a Noreaster comes in.)
(On the way a Maine girl looks.) “Shes got a wicked nice body but looks like someone took a clam rake to her face.”
I burst out laughing at a few of these that were submitted in The Ghost Trap's first contest (ending Sept 30). The winner will be determined by public vote so if you want to see some colorful expressions (some I can't even print here) vote now.
What the contest is about.
One of the best parts about writing The Ghost Trap was gathering some of the funniest, wittiest backwoods Maine expressions to go into the book such as "that'll skittle yer dillet." If you've got a great Maine expression or saying and want to win a personalized signed copy of The Ghost Trap, post it here and you just might win!
You must be 18 to enter the contest. While “colorful” language is inevitably part of this contest, anything that is considered overly vulgar, racist, misanthropic or bashes anyone’s gender, sexual preference, racial background or otherwise will be prohibited.
You must be a fan of The Ghost Trap on Facebook to win. Contest is only open to one entry per person. So make it count!
Columns about the sub-culture of lobstering that K. Stephens has collaborated on with Maine lobstermen and guest bloggers.