I have always been an amateur etymologist, but I strive to be more academic in my endeavors. Today I’m looking for resources at the library and more reputable websites – no more urban dictionary and rube theories on ask.com! I might include them for giggles but that’s really not really what I’m going for. So, my fellow word nerds, this is also a call for recommended sources if you have any.
So tired of being an afterthought that my head hurts!
If you ever wanted to buy my love, an SNES Classic would do nicely.
Thinking of going to the Uptown block party this afternoon –
Go Band and Go Blue! Not going to mention how humble I am.
Kapernick and the NFL kneelers now have everyone’s attention,
But it’s like beating a dead horse.
Tell me about your favorite picture books to teach empathy and respect.
Theon Greyjoy killed his fucking dog, let’s see who follows him.
People expecting the world to change overnight are the same people
That pour KoolAid in the ocean. What’s Step 2 of this plan?
Geek out with mind blowing prints (a sight to see, I tell ya).
I truly hope everyone finds someone in life that makes them feel the way
Albert makes me a better person.
Awesomeness met in rainbows before class started today
If you ever shop on Amazon, you need to see this:
Wicket can hardly handle the excitement over his monthly delivery of fun.
The flash sale was small, but I am super excited that students showed up
And didn’t want to leave.
I love hearing I don’t look 50 years old!
Woot! The day is mine again!
Anyone else going? CCHS Homecoming Weekend festivities today.
I miss you and expect you to change color like a Mystery of the Universe.
What is it about me that makes many seemingly sane women lose their shit?
I know I’m pretty, and I’m a tiger in the sack.
Thanks Katie for being my date – much prefer this to a hospital bed
I know I’ve had a long one. Thanks, world, for loving me.
Working all night behind the bar, stop in and try one of the 62 different beers here.
Labor laws are cool, but mandatory midday work meetings
Leave me pretty exhausted.
I’ve been pretty much done nothing but school stuff since Wednesday.
My wit, humor, and joie de vivre can’t hurt either.
It was a blast drinking spiced cider in the backyard while my dude worked
Eleven years ago today, I was breaking in the wedding heels
By walking around the house in them while nursing
Fire at my place tonight if anyone is looking.
Facebook status poem 10/1/2017
Like most commonly used phrases, no one is sure exactly where “slap me silly” came from, but my amateur sleuthing has uncovered a few possibilities. One thing is for certain: it most likely originates from our linguistically creative cousins in the talkative Down South. I found a few articles about this which also included several other colorful southern-isms. But let’s stick with this one for now.
“Slap me silly” appears to be one of many variations of the more well-known “Slap my ass and call me Sally.” I don’t know who this Sally person is, but she must be into some BDSM! For giggles, here are a few more variations. The common theme among these is the grammatical structure of “[verb] my [body part] and call me [noun or proper noun].” The phrases are all used to express a reaction of surprise or astonishment. Below are a few of the more creative ones:
- Paint me green and call me a cucumber.
- Slap me with bread and call me a sandwich.
- Pin my tail and call me a donkey.
- Fry me in butter and call me a catfish.
- Saddle my back and call me a horse!
- Well knock me down and steal my teeth!
Some of these are decidedly more amusing than others, but you get the point. For more Southern-isms, check out this article, which will have you rolling, or at least scratching your head.
On a side note, I must also mention Mike Lange, who is an ice hockey play-by-play broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL. As an avid Chicago Blackhawks fan, the last thing I want to do is draw attention to the Penguins, but this guy also has some fun variations, from “Get in the fast lane, Grandma, the bingo game’s ready to roll!” to “Scratch my back with a hacksaw!” I stumbled upon Langeisms while searching for “slap me silly” (a phrase he also uses frequently), and there are plenty more of his fun phrases here.
I also happened upon a cool blog during my search that I’ve decided to follow: Strong Language (A Sweary Blog About Swearing).
Thanks for reading, and let me know if there are any other phrases you want to know more about. I am definitely not a professional at this whole etymology thing (but I’m smart enough to use a fancy word like etymology). And I like this stuff because I’m a huge word nerd.
Check out the origin of this phrase on the Word Histories blog (link below)
Dear Mr. Postman, when you deliver packages in the hood
At least try to ring the doorbell
Someone just spent a hundred dollars I no longer have
While I’ve been working in my own realm
Hey Facebook friends, I give up
I was doing so much better on my own
But this one anxiety med I took didn’t work
I’m trying to make a sensory / calm area
I’m procrasting pretty hard on all the stuff I have to do
Finally buying into YouTube since this is where I lose
The most tears every day
Doctor, I know I’m starting to gain weight back
Sitting on the porch like a lazy shit
Wondering if anyone has extra bean bags they would like to donate
I have wanted and have been putting off buying a bike the last few years
Hundreds of Green Bay families have a meal to come home to
Thanks to the food pantry, I’m cooking tonight
Our beloved Tilapia passed away last night
So I guess I just get to stay sick because even with my insurance
The second bout of antibiotics leaves me feeling like Game of Thrones
Lost and dying from untreated wounds
What did you do during the twenties, Mom?
Happy birthday, Mom. Are you ready to explore the universe?
Unless you’re doing a duckface, this smiling thing really works
I’m placing my order tomorrow for the anti plaque / whitening toothpaste
I’m back from the most wonderful relaxing vacation ever
Each state hilariously depicted by stereotypes
Proud moment: I feel cute as fuck today
And yesterday I felt as confident as someone with an 800 credit score
Might be the post pregnancy hormones
But the generosity of my friends and family has been delivered
A Facebook Poem – August 28, 2017
I haven’t read nearly as much as I meant to this week. No excuses are good excuses but I had play auditions, hanging out with friends, and went to bed early a few nights. I was also trying to read three books at the same time so I wasn’t very focused. Below is my updated reading progress. I will update one final time on Monday.
Word by word started at 31%
Day 1 read to 34%
Day 2 read to 43%
Day 3 read to 51%
Day 4 Read to 55%
Day 5 Read to 58%
Day 6 Read to 68%
The Pharmacist of Auschwitz Started on page 112
Day 1 did not read this book
Day 2 read to 126
Day 3-6 Did not read
Uprooted Started on page 97
Day 1 Read to page 100
Day 2 did not read
Day 3 read to page 109
Day 4 read to page 116
Day 5-6 Did not read
The third book I am reading for the Bout of Books Readathon is nonfiction and the text is a bit small, so I pulled out the reading glasses for this one. Below is a brief synopsis and my reading progress thus far.
The Pharmacist at Auschwitz: The Untold Story, written by Patricia Posner
The Pharmacist of Auschwitz is the little known story of Victor Capesius, a Bayer pharmaceutical salesman from Romania who, at the age of 35, joined the Nazi SS in 1943 and quickly became the chief pharmacist at the largest death camp, Auschwitz. Based in part on previously classified documents, Patricia Posner exposes Capesius’s reign of terror at the camp, his escape from justice, fueled in part by his theft of gold ripped from the mouths of corpses, and how a handful of courageous survivors and a single brave prosecutor finally brought him to trial for murder twenty years after the end of the war.
My Reading Progress: Started on Page 112
Day 1: Did not read
Day 2: Read to page 126
Day 3: Did not read
Day 4: Did not read
Day 5: Did not read