I’ve often bragged about New Hampshire and denigrated Massachusetts — often in the same piece. I genuinely think that New Hampshire has it a lot better than Massachusetts, and it’s because of deliberate choices made on both sides of the border. And on the average, I think the typical New Hampshirite is generally a bit nicer and more considerate than their Massachusetts counterpart. (There are reasons we call them “Massholes.”)
Every now and then, though, I see something that runs counter to my prejudices. I drive a bit in Massachusetts, and they have a well-earned reputation for being lousy drivers. And every now and then I’ll see someone do something incredibly stupid, and I’ll cuss them out.
Unfortunately, at least half the time the driver has New Hampshire plates.
And recently, I saw a couple of license plates that really, really didn’t put my fellow Granite Staters in a good light.
One read “USHMUCK.” The other “MAZL TV.”
One Yiddish insult, one Hebrew blessing.
The insult was in the green-on-white livery of New Hampshire, the blessing red-on-white of Massachusetts.
That really, really hurt.