Well. That was fun. And it’s so hard to choose favorites from all the crazy talk people submitted, isn’t it? But choose we must, and these are our choices.
Category: Sounds Like Something They Used To Say In East Omaha (When There Was an East Omaha)
grip me = hand xxx to me; put xxx in my hands
as in “Grip me some chips, would ya?”
(Dennis’s Mommy, come on down and grip your new knitting book!)
Something To Say Instead of “Shut Up And Row” (Which I Say 10 Times a Day)
And the winner is:
Don’t sweat the mule goin’ blind, just load the wagon.
(Congratulations, Kathy B!)
Category: Best Inside Family Slang That We Are GoingTo Adopt Ourselves Immediately Because It’s So Great
Derived from “Feng Shui”
Meaning: Junk, clutter, items to donate to a worthy cause and never be seen again.
Based on a book (since lost to this family) which claimed to simplify our lives through Feng Shui. We got through the first part of the first chapter, mainly consisting of throwing away useless belongings and clearing out the junk from the house. Although we never were able to fully embrace the feng shui ideals, we have recoined “shui” as a term from the first step of this process.
Can also be used as a verb: “I’m going to shui the sewing room this afternoon, so bring me the big garbage bags.”
(Kudos to Katie and her wicked funny –and tidy–family.)
The People’s Choice Awards, i.e., the random draw winners, are:
“Don’t harsh my mellow.”
Submitted by Kirsty. If we’d had a category for Best Use of Adjective As a Verb, this would have been an on-the-merits winner.
“Do ye think I came down the Clyde on a biscuit?’ meaning ‘do you think I am stupid?’ Scottish.
Submitted by Sarah, who most certainly would never use a biscuit as a flotation device.
Winners: Please email me your mailing addresses, so I can ship your books!
Thanks to everyone who played. It was a blast reading through all the entries. A pity there wasn’t a category for expressions using the word sh*t, as the competition would have been fierce!
Ann, I understand you have big news in your extended fambly of country singin’ fools. Lay it on us!