Monday, December 26, 2005
On p. 43, s.v. Careboo, Hendrickson informs the reader that this is "The Maine pronunciation of Caribou, as in Careboo County." There is no Caribou County in the state of Maine. Caribou is a town in Aroostook County.
A largely untapped mine of genuine Yankee talk can be found in the stories of C.A. Stephens (1844-1931). I once compiled a short list of what I thought might be true regionalisms from a desultory reading of just a few of Stephens' stories. Some of the entries in my list can be found in Hendrickson's compilation (gummer, hide-and-coop, piggin, etc.), but others cannot (chopper = lumberjack, cuddy = cupboard, gool = children's game, pummy = pomace, rum pole = ridge pole of house or barn, scarf = kerf, sheepskin = hot maple syrup on snow, etc.).