Tag Archives: New England Sayings
I had to post this one right away after my dear friend Cary suggested it get illustrated in the series. It’s a little naughtier than the others. But I hope you have a good chuckle and recognize that it could have been a bit naughtier (note the censored sign!). For some pretty horrible history on this saying, head over here. Keep suggestions for New England Sayings coming everyone, or if you’ve suggested one and you are impatient for it to be illustrator, drop me a note: email@example.com.
*Dedicated to the lovely and bright, Cary Randolph Fuller
This week’s New England Sayings illustration is dedicated to my home state of Vermont. This amazing state was heavily damaged by Irene with the worst flooding in a century. So many valuable historical buildings are now lost or are beyond repair, businesses I grew up going to are gone, friends’ homes are severely damaged, and people are stranded throughout the state due to the many road closures. If you’ve been keeping up with the news at all you’ll see these road closures are due to the road being completely immersed in water in some sections, or a huge chunk of it has been washed away. Family friend and Vermont neighbor James Fox tweeted this week “The old Vermontism ‘You can’t get there from here’ has taken on new meaning in the aftermath of Irene.” Thanks to his inspiration, the illustration is a simple drawing of Vermont with the red dots denoting all the current road closures. It’s a simple request that if you can, please donate to the Vermont Red Cross or offer support through other outlets. Thank you to everyone who has supported the green state in this time of need!
My boyfriend (often referred to as Mr. NES) came up with a brilliant idea for my N’East Illustrated series – illustrating old New England sayings! Yup, he’s a smart guy, that’s why I keep him around. After sharing the idea with friends and family I had a list of 50 or so sayings to illustrate and the list keeps growing. Today, the series launches with “holy mackerel” and “digging for gold” will be up later today. I’ll be posting illustrated sayings every week so you can look forward to “wicked”, “you can’t get there from here”, “huck a louey”, “ayuh”, “fish or cut bait”, etc.
Illustrator’s note: Please keep in mind that the sayings may not all be specific or unique to New England. But a good majority of them are and this is a blog about New England style and culture and it is part of a N’East Illustrated series. So please fire away with any suggestions you might have!