Heavens to Betsy! Don’t Let These Old Fashioned Words Die!
|October 24, 2013||Filled under General Posts|
After we relocated from New Orleans to Atlanta, DD would fly back each summer to spend a couple of weeks with my parents. The time they shared was probably the best gift I could have ever given my daughter. She learned so much from them and they are great role models and influences. They provided family history, cultural lessons, and of course, more love than DD knew what to do with! She always felt safe at Mamaw and Papaw’s house and they did things with her that encouraged her to be independent. I owe them the world for what they did and continue to do with her and the other four grandkids.
One great thing about those summers in New Orleans was all the time my parents spent playing and reading to my daughter. This dedicated attention manifested itself in many ways, not the least of which was DD’s expanded vocabulary every time she returned home. I remember getting the “first day of school report” when she went to 4th grade. She said that she could tell that there were some “heathens” in her new class because of all the “tomfoolery” she saw that day…and then casually went back to her little bowl of grapes. This could only be attributed to her time spent with Mamaw and I loved it!
Even thought this particular graphic sums up some of the all-time favorites, I certainly wouldn’t limit this experience to just pre-schoolers. Shenanigans and hullabaloo are still a big part of my life! Need another linguistic party favor? Try pulling “balderdash” or “poppycock” out of the mothballs every once in a while.
I’m off to call DD and tell her that I am smitten with the dapper fellow on the 6 o’clock news!
Don’t let these old fashioned words die! Does your family keep any awesome words alive? Still have a chifforobe? Tell us your favorites and those you’d like to see revived.