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By: palmettobug53, 2:33 AM GMT on February 19, 2007

In memoriam for the victims of the storm of 3/1/07

I teased Grandmanan about waxing poetic, after I read his post one day last week. He said it "was colder than a mother-in-law's kiss." I got an email from him explaining that it was a local expression (which I had suspected it was) and suggested that it might make a good blog topic. I agreed and said I might just do that.

Then, I made a post over on Crab's blog and said that "hubby was all in a swivet." Well, that threw Crab for a loop, having no idea what a swivet was! LOL

Twice in just a couple of days, a regional phrase caused a chuckle. It was obviously a sign!

So here we go....

What we have here are colloquialisms or idioms. Informal, descriptive phrases that vary from region to region. They are a bit different from slang. Colloquialisms and idioms tend to stick around a lot longer than slang. Slang is very trendy and changes rather fast. Colloquialisms/idioms can be almost indecipherable to someone not familiar with them, though some have spread to the country as a whole. I'd say that is probably due to books, movies and TV. The world just gets smaller and smaller.

Here are some of that I grew up hearing:

She was in a swivet.
She was in a tizzy.
She was all a-dither.
It's comin' up a storm.
He was three sheets to the wind. (drunk)
That boy is about a half bubble off plumb. (Not all there)
She about had a litter of kittens. (Pitched a fit or was unpleasantly surprised by something)
It was as black as the inside of a cow.
There wasn't enough room to swing a cat.
She was pitchin' a hissy fit.
That whole family is from "off". (They weren't born here)
He couldn't hit the broad side of a barn if he tried. (no aim)
That kid is as happy as a pig in a mud wallow.
Cut the light off, will ya? as opposed to turning it off.
He come down the road faster than a turnip truck with no brakes coming off a mountain.
Put the milk in the icebox, instead of refriderator or fridge.
That boy is as nutty as a fruitcake.

I know that I know more than just these. I just can't recall them off hand at the moment. Ya'll help me out here and share some of your regional sayings.



If you'd like to read more about this, see if you can get your hands on a copy of the Dictionary of American Regional English

Updated: 10:33 PM GMT on March 02, 2007


Classic Children's Books Blog

By: palmettobug53, 3:57 AM GMT on February 05, 2007

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

All of us have our favorite childhood storybooks. My mother read to me from the time I was a baby. When I was about 3 or so, Mama found me sitting on the couch in the living room, reading my favorite book at the time, The Golden Egg Book. The thing was, she knew I didn't know how to read yet. But there I was, "reading" the text out loud and turning the pages at the right places. I'd had the thing read to me so many times, I had the entire thing memorized, even to the page turning! Mama said it did give her a bit of a start. LOL

I still have that book. It's a bit tattered but it's sitting on the bookshelf in my front bedroom. I was a member of the Weekly Reader Book Club all during my early years of school and I have all of my childhood books, barring one. Bedknobs and Broomsticks by Mary Norton. I loaned it to someone and it was never returned.

I have a few Bobbsey Twins, one Nancy Drew, Black Beauty, The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, Little Women and, of course, Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. I probably have close to 50 of them, all told, from books that I had when I was very little, all the way through my early teen years. My mother's family was very big on giving books for birthdays and Christmases. My Winne the Pooh is from Christmas of 1959, given to me by my mother's cousin.

Even though I'm all grown up now and I don't have any children, I still love children's books and I buy them, when I find certain old classics. Especially ones with old fashioned illustrations. I don't just collect them, either. I find myself going through them and rereading them periodically. I've bought myself The Real Mother Goose, The Secret Garden (I couldn't tell you how many times I've read that one over the years!) and three books by E. Nesbit, The Five Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet and a combined book containing The Treasure Seekers and The Wouldbegoods.

How many of you still have your old favorites from your childhood?

(Note: I'm going to ask SBKaren about doing a blog on current children's books, after she returns from Outdoor Science School. Since she's been a media center teacher for quite some time, she probably has some good suggestions!)

Updated: 4:17 AM GMT on February 05, 2007


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