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

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Creemee

A Vermont term for what is known elsewhere as soft-serve ice cream. Also creamie.

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Deadass

Absolutely serious or truthful (possibly a contraction of “dead serious”). Also used in New York.

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Directional

A car turn signal, especially in Boston. Also called a blinker, or “blinkah.”

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Down cellar

Short for “down in the cellar,” used as a synonym for “basement” — as in “Put those boxes down cellar.”

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Down east

A portion of northeastern coastal Maine — not southeastern, as the term would suggest. The phrase has nautical origins: Eastward winds would push sailing ships towards the coast; they were said to be traveling downwind — hence the “down” and the “east.”