Wednesday, March 7, 2007

My name is Jodie, and I am a word nerd

I love that the English, when serving coffee, ask, “Black or white?” meaning without or with cream. Smart and pithy.

I'm giddy how Julie Andrews sings a long "O" carried out a syllable or two.
Raindrops on roooses and whiskers on kittens...thooose are a few of my favorite things.

I adore how simple misuse of common everyday places and things can often determine the education and/or locale of the speaker.
I went to the liberry, then to Kmarts to gets me some psghetti noodles.
(you so read that with a hillbilly accent, didn't you?)

I'm amused that cat language is indicated in print as "meow" yet it clearly sounds more like "mowha" or "maawm."

I groaned when driving overnight through the plains of Nebraska I heard the radio announcer refer to Prague Czechoslovakia as "Prayge."

I still laugh out loud at how Les Nesman of WKRP in Cincinnati pronounced the name of Chi Chi Rodriquez during the sports update. Pure genius.

I bow to the advertising wonders who gave us "Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs," “Mmmm Mmmm Good” and rechristened tissues "Kleenex" for all eternity.

It's delicious that my "pop" is your "soda" and my "sub" becomes your "hoagie," "grinder" or (for the family back in PA) a "Dagwood".


Looney said...

Hey now, li'l darlin', that wuzzhum good ol' ritin' on 'bout wordsh n' sheeyat! Yooer a damfiiyn' li'l filly'n prolla purt' shmart n' sheeyat too, darntootin'!

Lucyp said...

It is always a great source of amusement when we ask our Canadian colleague if she is 'coming outside for a fag' or 'if she could lend me a fag as i have left mine at home'.
Fag = Cigarettes btw.

Jodie K said...

LucyP - as kids, my brothers and I were insane for British comedies on PBS, like Python and The Goodies. And we giggled very early on about fags ;) Nice memory!

Ole Blue The Heretic said...

I speak with people from England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada often.

I love the differences in the languages although we all speak English.

If you want to hear strange word usage come to southern Louisiana.

PJ said...

Great minds apparently think alike.

Well, supposebly anyway.

[ar ar ar]

Paula said...

Windy City natives say marry, merry, and Mary all the same way. And if you mention it, they'll go huh? It's a hoot!

Jodie K said...

Ole Blue - I am in LOVE with language in all forms…all the way down to nueeww ooohwlens.

The Scottish brogue is fab. When I was a wee little one, The Bay City Rollers (anyone? anyone?) had a Saturday morning cartoon-musical-skit show and one bit was “Horror Hotel”, but it sounded like they said “Whore Hotel” and my brothers found that freakin’ hilarious.

Lucyp said...

Bay City Rollers. I don't remember the cartoon but i remeber them on top of the pops in their flares, tartan trousers and scarfs.

Webmiztris said...

lol, my cats are more like 'mrow' and when the one wants to go outside it's more like 'mrooooooooooooooooooow' over and over again.

god, he's pathetic. ;)

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