“Huzza! She spurns the Northern scum!”

I did not compose that line myself. I took it from another source. Guess which one: (a) the rap lyrics of Cardi B, (b) a commercial for Papa John’s Pizza, (c) a tattoo on Angelina Jolie’s leg, or (d) the state anthem of Maryland.

It’s d. “Huzza! She spurns the Northern scum!” is a line in Maryland’s state anthem. And by the way–that song was officially declared the state’s anthem in 1939. That seems a tad inappropriate–don’t you think? If you’re a state and you want to formally associate yourself with a song that identifies Northerners as “scum,” here’s the proper time to do it: in the middle of the Civil War. But Maryland made that their state anthem several decades after that. They said yes to the anti-North theme–and what’s more, they retained the term “huzza,” even though it hasn’t been popular since 1804! “Here in Maryland, when we want to express our state pride, we embrace the usage of completely outdated terminology–especially if it relates to those chicken-licking Yankees who are busy hollering and gallivanting and philandering up there in the Union!”


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