If you have had a conversation with a Mainer and didn’t know what the hell they were talking about, this might help!

To say that Maine dialect is unusual, would be a heck of an understatement. The accent can be jarring enough, but folks here also use some interesting sayings and catchphrases in their conversations.

It’s pretty funny, considering that since I am in radio, I’ve been trying to lose my mine for years, but every once in awhile, it slips out big time. And of course as any Mainer knows, the secret to the perfect Maine accent, is replacing the e and r at the end of a word, with the letters a and h.

On Reddit recently, someone shared an amusing story about overhearing one of those wacky Maine sayings, and lots of people chimed in with their personal favorites.


Hard telling not knowing.

My grandpa was tougher than a bag of hammers

He's a few sticks shy of a full cord



Another good one I heard recently: More nervous than a cat in a room full of rocking chairs.


He’s a half bubble off center (not right in the head)

Hotter than the hinges of hell


Hotter than a nuns tuppy out there


An old lady once told me, "Flush twice, Bangor needs the water".


My friend had a woodstove fall on her last week. The satisfaction of saying "heck, you sure got stove up" was wonderful


Deaf as a haddock

fit to be tied


Christ on his throne, that boys sharp as a marble Bubby.


"Tougher than boiled owl"


One guy: Whaddaya say bub?
The other guy: Mostly words.


 good’n you?


That’ll go over like a fart in church.

My grandfather always blamed his flatulence on the barking spiders.


Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.


Off like a dirty shirt


 "take a straight" As in" take a straight once you get to the stoplight.

Do you have a favorite? Let us know!

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