Do You Know the True Meaning of the Word ‘Mainer’?
I realized earlier today that, even when the definition of a word is the same in nearly every dictionary in the world, some people still feel that it can be interpreted in different ways.
If someone asked you what a 'Mainer' was, what would your answer be?
Most likely, you would quickly respond that a Mainer is a person who lives in Maine or was originally from Maine. Most people and dictionaries would agree that is a correct definition for the word.
According to Dictionary.com, a Mainer is:
a native or inhabitant of the US state of Maine
Most people would agree that is a correct definition. Most people, but not everyone.
I have lived in the state of Maine for a large portion of my life, but I had never heard this theory until today. Even though it makes sense that we would not consider every newcomer to the state of Maine a Mainer, some people believe it takes decades to be considered a Mainer. In fact, they believe that, unless your grandparents lived in the state of Maine, you cannot be considered a Mainer.
Yes, some people believe that your family has to have lived in Maine for at least three generations for you to be a true Mainer. And yes, that means that even though you would be considered a Mainer, your parents and grandparents would not be considered true Mainers.
What do you think? How long do you think you need to have lived in Maine to be a Mainer?
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