I’ll like to interrupt this regularly scheduled blog with a message to all of you who left such kind, encouraging, enthusiastic messages, prayers, support and love on my previous post, Holding My Breath. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Now back to our regularly scheduled post.
Growing up I was verbally challenged. I came to the US (for those of you who don’t know I was born in Haiti) when I was two years old. In my home, some English, French and Creole (a Haitian dialectic) was spoken. As I grew older I started to adapt to the English language (some might argue that point).
I grew up in Brooklyn, NY which some may consider to be another language. We lived in Washington for almost six years and before that we lived in West Virginia. The first year we lived in West Virginia everyone we met wanted us to repeat certain words – water, coffee, ask, etc. To humor them I often said it like Fran Drescher of the Nanny. I love messing with people sometimes.
I love to have fun with words. I’m known from time to time to make up words or borrow them from others. Examples:
Fantabulous – a cross between fantastic and fabulous
Ginormous – a cross between gigantic and enormous
Honking – meaning huge
Conversational whiplash – the term my husband uses to describe me when I change the subject at a moment’s notice
All kinds of wrong – an expression we use when something isn’t right
If there was a word police, I would have gotten arrested over a billion times for my butchering of the English language. So what are some of your favorite words (real or made up) or sayings? Don’t be shy you know you want to share.
© Nadine Z. 2007