Sunday, October 13, 2013

Favorite Idiomaticisms of the Past Couple of Days

  • Eavesdropping at Whole Foods: My cashier, talking about her niece or somesuch, described here as "spurled". It took me a moment to parse: "spurled" = "spoiled".
  • The girls wanted doughnuts. It was early. I stumbled bleary-eyed into the doughnut shop. The lady at the counter asked me, "Are you woke yet?" (Again — partially due to my not-woke-yet-ness — it took me a moment to parse: "What's that?" "Are you woke yet?" "Oh, yeah, trying to get there.")


  1. Anonymous12:44 PM

    I know many "spurled people"11

  2. Anonymous7:40 PM

    In New Orleans the names "Joyce" and "Lois" are often pronounced "Jerce" and "Lerce". In the bathroom there are "terlets". It's all part of the local Brooklynese that was introduced here when many manual laborers migrated from Brooklyn to work on the canals that are so common here. They're under the wide "neutral grounds" such as the ones on Canal Street and Broad Street. (I mean the canals, not the workers.) The big wide streets with neutral grounds that curve crazily through the city (see South Claiborne) are old bayou beds covered over and now used for drainage. Our drainage system was said to be one of the engineering wonders of the world. It better be. Otherwise we'd drown. I remember City Park having 15 inches of rain in less than three hours! And that wasn't all that long ago.

    1. An approximation of a joke from my dad's youth: "Why did the little yat put the television on the radiator?" "To watch Milton Berle." Get it? Boil? Berle?