Monday, August 4, 2008

Fun Monday - definitely NOT wordless

This week's sponsor is Mothers of Brothers. The assignment: This Fun Monday assignment was to choose your favorite words or words.

Hands down, my favorite words to say are "Calaveras County" as in Mark Twain's story, The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. I just like the way it feels in my throat. I also like the two words, Antonio Banderas, heavy on the rolled "r" for the same reason.

The words I use the most, though, are evidently nagging words. My daughter says that the phrase I use most is "appearances of impropriety". My grandson says that the phrase I say most often is "Don't smoke". They are both correct in their own ways. I do lecture my daughter. It does as much good as the lectures my mother gave me.

My grandson's is sort of a family joke. We like to wait until he is in another room and then call him. He comes back and we say, "I love you" interspersed with "Don't smoke" and "Don't do drugs". We do this until he actually loses his sense of humor.

My husband, though, says I say "What do you know?" most often. This also started with the Moose. I used to ask him what he learned at school and he never learned anything. It was kind of amazing, actually. So I started asking him, "What do you know?" The first time I asked him this, his answer was "that you love me". It doesn't get much better than that. We have since expanded this to include all of the people who love him and that he shouldn't smoke.


Pamela said...

I like to say "Calaveras County" and Antonio Banderas, too.

Well.. I do now , that you've brought it up.

the rest made me laugh, as usual.

Robocop said...

I remember reading Mark Twain with fondness back in high school.

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laurie said...

i love that Twain story. and it reminds me of when i was in college; i took an upper-level class on twain, and there were a couple of earnest grad students in the class.

one of them furrowed his brow while we were discussing that story, and finally he blurted out, "dr. glick, i'm having trouble understanding the metaphor of the frog!"

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

I knew it was Twain just by the Calavera part. Very fun rolling that off. And, yes, rolling the rs in Spanish names are very fun, too.

Sayre said...

Ah... Antonio!

I like the "What do you know?" comeback... Perfect!

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