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

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Stymied, at a standstill, or behind, as in “I’m all aback with my homework.”

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“Yes,” especially in Maine The first syllable is sometimes pronounced to rhyme with “day,” but the term is apparently derived from the old English term (now mostly nautical) “aye” — as in “Aye, aye, Captain.”

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Bang a Uey

Also “bang a U-ie.” To make a U-turn. (In other parts of the country, the phrase might be “Hang a Uey.”). It is also possible to “Bang a left” or “a right.”

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Bang out

A Boston term meaning to call in sick to work. “Bang” also means to move quickly (see “bang a Uey,” above), so to bang out could also be to book it (see below).

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A trash can or garbage bin.

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