I’m tired of all the school grounds name calling that is done in the name of “discussing” politics and speaking up to protect us. Name calling is an attempt to bully or diminish someone with demeaning language. It is the least effect means of “discussion.” So I’ve decided to issue a challenge to all name callers: improve your insults. And because it’s unlikely the name callers will do research in order to improve their insults, I’m providing you with a choice of words. (In case you don’t get it—I’m not really asking you to improve your insults. I’d rather you don’t insult anyone. I provide this list because I love words and these are fun to say.) Suggested Words Acerbate—a bitter person Bedswerver—An adulterer Billingsgate—coarse or abusive language Bloviate—people who talk for a long time or who inflate their story to make themselves sound better Bumfuzzle—confused, perplexed, flustered Cacafuego—Swaggering braggart or boaster Contumelious — insolent; rude and sarcastic; contemptuous Dingus: A person regarded as stupid Discombobulated—Very confused and disorganized Drate-Poke—One who drawls or speaks indistinctly. Flibbertigibbet—a silly person who talks incessantly Fopdoodle—Insignificant or foolish man Gardyloo—a warning shouted before slop bucket is dumped out the window Gobermouch—Prying person who likes to […]
Weekends are often devilishly devine. We have wickedly good fun, clean dirt from our homes, watch friendly competitors, and otherwise turn ourselves inside out trying to do more, be more, have more. Then comes Monday. Monday is the antithesis of the weekend. So today, let’s talk about phrases that pair two words that are the antithesis of each other. That’s right. We’re talking oxymorons. Rather, Dave and Randy are singing oxymorons. Have a listen. The Oxymoron Song There are countless numbers of oxymorons. How many did you identify in the song? How many in this post? In my unbiased opinion, the singers weren’t awfully good but the song was seriously funny. This wasn’t my only choice, but by a minor miracle I chose it. I was clearly confused. Please don’t be passive aggressive or noticably absent, leave a comment below. Surely Dave and Randy and I didn’t include all the oxymorons out there. Let’s have more fun with words. What’s your favorite oxymoron?
I am up to my elbows in elephants and alligators. In other words, I’m in the middle of several large projects. Large projects with lots of words, whoopensocker words. Words and phrases are fascinating, aren’t they? When you add in regional influences, phases that may be familiar to you confuse someone new to your area. The word potluck can be covered dish supper, or a pitch in depending upon where you are in the United States. In Canada it’s a washroom, not a restroom or a bathroom. It’s a loo in England. Coffee in South America is expresso in the U.S. Interested in learning more quirky words? The Regional Dialect Challenge is a meme that has been floating around on the internet for a few years. People who participated in the challenge recorded themselves reading a list of words and answering several questions. Go to Youtube and search for Regional Dialect to get a list of videos done all over the world. If you have time for only one, check out this young man from South Wales: Folks in Wisconsin use Whoopensocker. It means something that is wonderfully unique. Check out mentalfloss.com to learn more about whoopensocker and other fun regional […]