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First ‘Stove Up’…Now ‘Gross Out?’

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Sitting around the table last night, I was talking with Chad and Amber. I was telling them how when I moved to Maine in 1983 when I was 8, I had to learn about Maine things. Being only little, I learned that sprinkles for your ice cream were actually called ‘jimmies.’

There are many more things I have learned over the years, especially recently!

You may remember the time when I learned about brown bread in a can. Randy and I BOTH learned about it from all of you listeners. I even brought some in the studio so we could experience it for ourselves. It was delicious!

I then learned about being ‘stove up’. That is when you crash your truck and it doesn’t run…it’s ‘stove up’.

Having told them both about these strange language barriers I experienced, they laughed WITH me not at me. NOW…another phrase has entered into my vocabulary: ‘Gross out.’

‘Gross out?’ Isn’t that when you see something really icky and you’re ‘grossed out’ by it meaning you think it’s disgusting? Oh no…I was wrong.

A ‘gross out’ means to put someone in their place. For example, if you’re mad at someone you tell them “I’m going to gross you out!” and you proceed to tell them off. I don’t think I’ve ever been ‘grossed out’ before or ‘grossed out’ anyone. I hope I never have to!

So another term used by Mainers that this Connecticut girl has to learn. I’m sure there will be many more in the future.

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