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The State of Maine

by Jay Nordlinger

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 they are talking with fellow Mainers, they will not say they come from Bethel or Brunswick. They’ll say they come from “Bethel, Maine,” or “Brunswick, Maine.”

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