6 controversial occasions individuals used the time period ‘Down East’

The talk over what’s and what’s not “Down East” has all the time been a barely fraught one. Some say it’s solely Washington County. Some say it’s something east of the Union River, or the Taunton River. Some say it consists of all of Hancock County. And a few say it’s absolutely anything north of Portland.

Who’s proper? Who’s unsuitable? It’s onerous to conclusively say. Colloquialisms have a manner of not being straightforward to pin down. In spite of everything, “Down East” does stem from an 18th century time period for a way ships sailed downwind from Boston or Portland towards the east, to succeed in what’s now jap Maine.

However regardless of the place you’re in Maine, as Bangor Day by day Information reporter Invoice Trotter put it in a definitive essay earlier this 12 months, “should you level towards the rising solar, you’re pointing Down East.” And in a ballot that accompanied that article, greater than two thirds of almost 300 BDN readers stated that, on the very least, Down East begins east of Ellsworth.