Things They Say in New England That the Rest of Us Probably Don’t Get

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Stoved-up

Also just stoved. A Mainer’s way of saying broken or messed up.

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Swamp donkey

This is what some people call a moose in Maine.

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Tonic

Not tonic water, as in vodka and tonic. A generic term for soft drinks — soda, pop, etc.

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Townie

Originally somebody from the Boston neighborhood of Charlestown, or one of the city’s other Irish-Catholic areas. Also someone who has spent his or her whole life in one town.

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Unthaw

Counterintuitively, this means “thaw” to Vermonters.