Monday, March 22, 2010

Understanding this post is a mystery

So I'm standing in Pier 1 the other day.  (Because, in case you didn't know this, I'm addicted to that store.  I needed room spray, what can I say?)  And while there, we encountered an um... encounter?  I have no idea how to say it.

Basically here's the deal.  My son is addicted to The Hardy Boy Mysteries. And um, well... they use what we'll call "vintage words."  Such as "chum."  So my son, (in all sincerity) will say to me, "Hey Mama, can I invite my chum over to play?"  And then I'll laugh for five solid minutes and say, "Sure.  Let's give ol' Chet Morton a call!"  (You either read the books or you didn't, so you either get that or you don't.)  Or another example, an old beat up car from the 1990's will pass, and JJ will look out the car window and exclaim, "Hey Mama- look at that jalopy!"  And then I'll laugh for five solid minutes and say, "Yeah, I wonder if they're headed to the soda shop!"  (Again, you either get that, or you don't.)


But you see, there are also a few words used, such as an alternative for "happy" that rhymes with "hay" that we no longer really use to describe happiness unless we're singing Christmas Carols. Savvy? And speaking along those exact (and I do mean exact) same terms... there is another word which is used to describe something unusual or odd.. and it rhymes with "leer," but begins with a "qu" sound.  Again, savvy? (And um...Yes, I am deliberately making this difficult to understand, because of my Google ads.  And also, yes, I am a freak who worries about that sort of thing.)

Anyhoo... While we were perusing Pier 1 for the perfect room spray scent, we saw some odd shaped candle holders, and my son proclaimed, in a very loud 9 year old voice, "Wow. That's (insert word for unusual, that rhymes with leer, here)!"   And after several fellow shoppers coughed and raised their eyebrows, I simply said, "Son. That's not really a word people use much, in this day and age."

And that's when I realized that I needed to get my son some more modern day mystery novels to read.   

The End

34 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I am laughing my (it rhymes with gas) off right now. That is priceless!!!!

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  2. It is almost feels wrong to laugh, but it's way too funny!! Nicole B.

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  3. Oh but that is cute!~ I loved those books, and the fact he enjoys reading them so much is wonderful!~

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  4. teehee. I can identify....my kiddos read a lot of "old fashioned" books, like Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, etc. and yes, it has made for some sticky vocabulary moments. Too funny.

    Alison

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  5. i love it when kids say something that makes us want to laugh way out loud but instead we have to be all grown up & tell them to hush

    i love his little dialogue
    :)

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  6. I am totally cracking up right now! It made me think of my Nancy Drew days! And now we feel a need to avoid those words because of how other people perceive our use of them. That reminds me of a situation with my two year old daughter recently when my husband and I were discussing recent events and she picked up on a word that is not a bad word, just something that sounds funny out of context!

    Happy Monday!

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  7. What jolly fun... that he reads Hardy Boy stuff! He's quite the character. I can just see you mortified standing in Pier 1...red faced. BTW I love THAT store too:)

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  8. LOL! That is really funny. Too bad our day and age has lost it's innocence for those times, eh?

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  9. I think it's swell your boy reads the Hardy Boys. My daughter loves Nancy Drew.
    My kids have been known to say things at just the right times at the store, too.

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  10. haha! kids will never cease to embarass us/make us laugh. just saw your post on the creepy letter....totally creepy. I have seen that type of thing before but never signed "j"...yuck!

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  11. Oh. My. Gosh! The things that come out of the mouths of babes. That's just too cute though. I like his thinking though, I think it's high time we brought vintage back, don't you? If nothing else because I actually like shocking random strangers every once in a while, he he! So cute Mama, thanks for sharing...now I'm off to re-read my Nancy Drew books and look for vintage words to use today. :-)

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  12. That's too funny! But, I guess you could look at it this way... Umm... No, we really don't use those words anymore, but at least he wasn't using them how we do NOW. Be positive! Lol.

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  13. So funny!!! I think we can all make too much of some words now. They are innocent words..we as adults have made them bad. So cute and my favorite is saying chum!

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  14. No mystery - I was a serious Nancy Drew fan and I've been saying queer and perhaps for years - I've gotten used to the weird looks from people.

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  15. Funny, funny, funny! The word that rhymes with near was a word we always used in highschool to exlain something odd.

    There were a few other words we used but I think the meaning is still the same on those! ha!

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  16. hahahahah LOVED this..made me laugh! I used to read nancy drew...but we had the hardy boys as well! How cute!

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  17. It's been awhile since i've read the books but I get the idea! ;) And let me just say that T's comment is hilarious too! All I can say is keep him away from any European books that talk about cigarettes- HA!!! ;)

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  18. Now that is funny! I was a Nancy Drew girl myself - precious!

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  19. LM*O about the google ads!!! Oh my goodness! That is such a priceless story:) Your son will love to hear that in front of his wife and kids and he's older!

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  21. ROFL!!! I have a little bookworm who does the SAME thing!!! I mean really, what 11 year old kid do you know who can use the word 'bemused' in regular conversation?? Oh yeah- YOUR son! lol! Our adorable little brainiacs ;oD

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  22. He is such a cutie...fun story and cute way to post about it :)

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  23. That would have been So funny to hear in real life !! ha ha! I usually laugh first and then try to 'correct'... I can't help it...first the smile creeps across my face and then I just laugh!

    I love love Pier 1 ~ just bought me some cute napkins to craft with... fun fun! I might have even walked out with an application in my hand... I am just thinking it could be fun to work in such a happy place!? if I find the nerve to go back in with it... =)

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  24. I love that kids still read the old "classics" and I think we should be able to use those words for their original meaning and not have to feel like we're stepping on toes. I had a crush on Joe Hardy for years and was always wishing I was Iona:)

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  25. Reminds me of the time I said that something was "far out" after watching The Brady Bunch. I thought my mom was going to choke to death!

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  26. Or...was it "groovy"? Yeah, I think I actually said groovy.

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  27. Hi Sasha! I just stumbled across you via....hmmmm, I don't remember...another blog I follow anyway, and I've just had such a fun visit! I love the way you write and just laughed out loud so many times :-) I can totally relate to the Hardy Boys thing b/c I was a Nancy Drew girl myself and was often looked at strangely b/c of the "old" words I used from there. Some that none of my friends had ever heard (such uncultured friends, I know), and others that -like you said- now have a very different meaning! Anyway, glad to have "met" you, and I'll be sure to stop back by often :-) Come visit me at Windy Poplars sometime if you like! Have a fabulous Monday...~Kristin

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  28. So glad you wrote this down. This is a story you'll want to remember and tell him one day! Ha... Too funny!!!
    And I went in Pier 1 about a month ago (had been a LOOOONG time since I'd been in and I istantly remembered what I'd been missing!) Love that store!

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  29. Oh my Sasha...you made me laugh out loud with this one!!! (:

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  30. I laughed so hard...and I had no idea about the books still:) Too cute!

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  31. I have a confession...I was addicted beyond belief to the Hardy Boys! I'm pretty sure I read most, if not all...AND...I still collect them. I can't help it, they were such a part of my child hood. Does this make me crazy? HA!

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  32. My children listen to very old fashioned Bible stories on tape by a sweet old British woman who has a delightful accent. Both children use very old style language - for which they have been teased, but they persevere! The worst part is that they've picked up some odd slang - they have been know to call the bad guys 'filthy beggars' and our boy is his Daddy's Chum - he loves it!

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  33. So happy to find you - so love your posts - so have been giggling - and this one: Yes! I get it! (Your interview was great, too!) Thanks for saying hi and introducing yourself!

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