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Today I'd like to talk about an old school From Here phrase I've heard all my life: finest kind.
(There are two categories of people in Mathews: Come Heres and From Heres. I'm starting to think there's an emerging third category of Hybrids, but I'll get back to you on that as further study and observation is required. Let's return now to our blog post, already in progress.)
Finest kind, when used in its purest sense, requires no explanation. If you have oysters of the finest kind, they are the best; the finest; excellent. Obviously.
But finest kind is used a little differently here in Mathews.
Take, for example, the conversations below:
Person A: "Hey, I'll be over at 1:00 on Sunday to take a look at your faulty electrical wiring. It sounds like something we can easily fix."
Person B: "Finest kind."
Person A: "Hey, how's it goin'?"
Person B: "I'm finest kind."
Finest kind used in the first example means "OK," or "Good enough," or "Sounds good, it's a deal."
The second example means "I've never been better," or "I can't complain." All is well.
Thanks to the wonders of the internet and Google, I learned that this phrase, though not widely used in other parts of the country, is very popular in Maine of all places. Mathews County and Maine may be geographically distant, but we do have a lot in common: coastal communities, commercial watermen, a similar history with regards to settlement, etc.
If I didn't already have a job, and a book to work on, and a blog to maintain, and school and sporting events to attend, and a house and yard that are starved for some upkeep, I'd spend some time researching more of our local expressions, their origins and the extent of their use in other areas.
For now I'm content mentioning them here, however briefly, just to record their existence for posterity. In a few more years, they're liable to fade away into the ozone layer of Hybridville.
If you have heard or used finest kind as described above, please let me know and leave a comment. Whether you're talking about finest kind or you're wondering about the sort of person who would say "liable to," please leave a comment. The bottom line here is no matter what, please leave a comment. I love reading them and
Otherwise, Happy Monday, have a great week.