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10 Words or Phrases You’ll Only Understand if You’re From Maine

People from other states have come to expect our love of lobster rolls and mostly understand what we mean when we say we’ll pick them up in the “cah.” But, ask them to grab something “downcellah” and you’ll probably be left going down there yourself. As Mainiacs we are, quite literally, misunderstood. Here are just a few of the words you might only know if you’ve spent time in Maine. While some of these you may only hear your grandparents say, at one time or another these were pretty commonplace in certain areas.

What are the words or phrases you grew up with? Do you use any of these differently? Let us know in the comments so we can create a second edition of this list!

Michelle has lived in many places, but counts Maine as one of the best. In addition to the smell of ocean water in the air on rainy days in Portland, she loves puppies, photography, funny people, the Maine Red Claws, traveling, fresh tomatoes, Cambodia and filling out forms. For questions, comments and inquiries please email: