[Histonet] was Texians now Merliners

McCollough, Carol CMCCOLLOUGH <@t> dnr.state.md.us
Wed Mar 30 14:51:41 CST 2005

Hi Y'all -

With all this commentary about the 'south' and the 'north'  I thought y'all might appreciate hearing from a border state - the great state of Merlin.  We're below the Mason-Dixon Line, but were occupied by the Union during the Civil War, which I believe is over in many parts of Merlin, but not all.  Most folks think our capital is Ballamer, but it's really Naplis.  That's where George Warshington resigned his commission in the Continental Army.  Our nation's capital, Warshington DC, is named for him Go Navy!

We still have at least 5 distinct regional dialects within state boundaries, and probably more.  Here on the Shore (the Eastern Shore, east of the Chesapeake Bay, God's Country, where there is no life west of, immortalized by former Governor William Donald Schaefer as the S--thouse of Merlin), your county of origin can be determined by the pronunciation of 'sink';  'zinc' = Dorchester County.  Folks from Dorchester and Somerset 'drudge fer arsters', those tasty bivalves.  Baltimorese is an entire language unto itself:  'When you go downy oweshun, stay on the payment or you'll get hit by a car' = 'In Ocean City stay on the sidewalk or you'll get hit by a car'.

Carol B. McCollough
Aquatic Animal Research Pathologist
Oyster Disease Research Project
Fisheries Service
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Cooperative Oxford Laboratory
904 S. Morris Street
Oxford, Maryland 21654
410-226-5193 x124

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