Magazine August 11, 2014, Issue

The State of Maine

(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Not all lobster bibs and brisk swims

Portland, Maine — Arriving at the airport, you see a sign: “Portland, Maine. Yes. Life’s good here.” The state at large has a slogan: “Maine: The way life should be.” Mainers are proud of their state. Indeed, they have an almost Texan state pride. At a hotel, the sign does not say “Have a Great Day.” It says “Have a Great Maine Day.”

Mainers have a couple of charming linguistic habits (more than a couple). They tend not to say “Maine” but “the State of Maine.” “That’s simply the way we do it here in the State of Maine.” Even while

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