The biggest expression that makes me wonder about the person saying it and I know I know it gets used alot...
Is "Well...To be honest with you....." I always hope they are being honest with me all the time. I wondered when I hear it if they are really being honest now, or when do they start being honest...and what are they really saying. It makes you think of what they were just talking about and reconsidering if maybe that was not honest.
Or it is just said like "you seem like a good guy, and I'll level with you...be honest with you..a straight shooter on the skinny on this or that". There are the other expressions about "not having to be a rocket scientist, thinking outside the box and have no clue" that get way over used. In Maine, for awhile there everything was "Wicked.." Or WICK-ked...meaning some kinda cunning chummy.
Maine humorist Tim Sample has a slug of them and was actually raised for part of his childhood I learned the other day in Fort Fairfield which is in Aroostook County.
He has one liner that refers to one of his favorite songs of the Dubious Brothers from Lewiston that is "If You Want To Keep Your Six Pack Cold, Put It Next To My Ex Wife's Heart"!
The downeaster lingo is usually along the coastal sections while northern Maine was either French acadian or precise English due to Canadian proximity and the direct English heritage as a commonwealth for many years.
Any rainers have expressions that make them feel like finger nails stratching across a black board or that just gets over used in the circles they travel in? Post 'er here! Realtors themselves are famous for catch phrases "Dirty But Nice", Easy Own Mortgage, Country But Near Town For Best Of Both Worlds, etc. FSBO, ARM, FmHA, VA, escrow, easement, Fannie Mae, Ginny Mae And Sally Mae. Sometimes wonder who actually thought of the anacronyms for the letters but they are easier to remember and friendly sounding for buzz words that you need to know. Maine, come see what state is all about.