The Union Leader | BY MELISSA PROULX | May 05. 2017 6:37 BEDFORD – Rebecca Rule grew up in New Hampshire, but still doesn’t call herself a Granite State expert. “Fourth graders give me a run for my money,” joked the Northwood author. For years, Rule has been writing books about the state, like a (kind of) dictionary of New Hampshire terms and phrases, and a children’s book about life in the state. “I’m trying to capture the culture,” she said. …

Sometimes it’s just a word that strikes a chord. In a discussion of town meetings past (so what else is new), a voter recalled a selectman explaining the situation with the sand truck. He said, “We can probably get another year out of it but it’s tender.” Tender. A word used to mean, go easy. We can limp along but only with special care. Applies to machinery and to people. Punky. That’s another old word used to mean . …