Sunday, October 4, 2015


FAYCO (Fayette County) speech: Last evening, I was visiting a friend and she was admiring flowers of the across-the-street neighbor. We both thought they were mums but we had never seen chrysanthemum plants growing with red and yellow flowers together.  The neighbor was outside watering plants. I stepped across the street and asked what the flowers were and she said, "They are Xenias (pronouncing it as the town over in Greene County!)"

MORAL DILEMMA: Should I tell the woman who is the wife of a prominent elected official about ZINNIAS?

Years ago my mother and I were watching "Crockett's Victory Garden" and Mr. Crockett mentioned the lovely CLEMATIS but he pronounced it as: "CLEM-UH-TUS".

I looked at my mother and rushed to get a dictionary. YEP! We could hardly believe that we'd been pronouncing it incorrectly all of our lives! I find it amusing that people now look at me strangely when they hear the correct pronunciation; I've actually had people try to correct my pronunciation which naturally leads to a conversation about numerous mispronunciations, especially in FAYCO!

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I was chatting with the knowledgeable owner of a local nursery. ?I can?t resist these hew-KER-uhs,? I told her as she rang up my purchase of three heuchera plants. ?Oh, yes, the YOO-ker-uh is very ...

Saturday, October 3, 2015


Recently I have noticed a proclivity of people to PRONOUNCE punctuation symbols in conversation. It was bad hearing "comma", and "period" said aloud but the worst transgression is the use of the despicable "air quotes"!

The most recent irritation has been the usage of "SLASH". On television I heard a person use the term "actor SLASH writer", saying the word "slash" aloud! During a dinner party, I mentioned that my mother allowed us to eat dessert before the meal.  A dinner guest replied, "My mother's rule was-SLASH-is not to eat dessert first.". THAT prompted my asking if anyone knew the words "SOLIDUS", "VIRGULE", and "WHACK" to distinguish between "forward slash" and "back slash" and the word "RETRONYM".  [I can't help myself: I was a proofreader.]

I have written previously about people saying "e.g." and "i.e." (rather than using an additional breath of air to say "for example" and "that is". ) My witty brother commented, "People think it is impressive but do not realize it's depressive; rather like not knowing that alcohol is a depressant rather than a stimulant!"

I believe that Mrs. Craig, my teacher of Latin I, II, and III, would be proud that I still remember "exempli gratia" and "id est" are the actual terms, but I shan't be throwing those INTO conversations!

CLICK HERE to read interesting article:  Slash: Not Just a Punctuation Mark Anymore

Friday, October 2, 2015


Thank goodness for the Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith and its continuing crusade against injustice.  The lynching of businessman Leo Frank 100 years ago in Marietta, Georgia, was probably the worst example of anti-Semitic violence in our country's history and it prompted the creation of the Anti-Defamation League of the B'Nai B'rith

I am astounded by the number of times I have heard anti-Semitic remarks in my community. I live in a small, rural county and there are no more than 4 Jews in the county, but even though the stereotype is that they all "stick together",  I only know TWO of them personally!

Recently, an anti-Semitic remark was made in my presence.  I asked the person, "How many Jews do you know?" She was visibly shocked and answered that she didn't know any. I asked, "Then how can you use derogatory terms about people you do not know?" She answered that she had heard it all of her life. I responded, "Then you've been offensive all your life!" I thought, but did not say, "At least you didn't counter with the old saw 'Some of my best friends are.....!'"

There is an ARYAN NATION group in our county. I would not be surprised to have a cross burned on my yard.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015


While watching "Law And Order: SVU", one of the characters said, "That's like Occam's Razor". I asked, "Hunh? What was that?"

I backed up the DVR to listen to the dialogue. I asked again, "What is that?" My husband answered, "Oh, it means that the fewer assumptions made, the better."

With incredulity, I asked, "HOW do you know THAT?" He chuckled and said, drolly, "Oh, I'm 70 years old and I READ!"

Before a dozen of you let me know that I deserve an upbraiding for my condescending attitude, my brother already gleefully reminded me of my supercilious behavior!

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015


A Facebook correspondent from Fayette County posted the following:

  "I'm glad I live alone so I don't have to deal with the tacky things during Autumn.
   Maybe it's an Ohio thing, but they wear "hoodies", sit in the freezing cold for
   football (something else I dislike), break out their tacky, ugly primitives that smell
   like cinnamon and pumpkin-nasty spice.  They rave about the disgusting lattes from
   Starbucks, knowing that the nearest Starbucks to their hick town is 45 miles.  They
   wear ugly, fuzzy boots and sit in checkered shirts that lumberjacks wear while sitting
   inches away from burning garbage, aka a "bonfire".  Meanwhile, they have that
   fugly metal star on their house."

I found it amusing that he could have become such a sophisticate by being away from Fayette County a scant six months!  For a minute, I even thought he might have been to the James Beard Institute!

This is my response:

Dear Bon Vivant:  I'll be generous and file your rant under the category: "YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF THE COUNTRY, BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE THE COUNTRY OUT OF THE BOY!"

Since you are NOW such a sophisticated epicurean, perhaps you can instruct all of us unsophisticated FAYCO people about the finer points of Japanese cuisine!

As you must NOW know exactly what kind of fish/seafood are used in the pictured sushi, perhaps you will share which are your favorites.  I doubt that the ingredients were FRESH as you weren't at a coastal location. Perhaps they don't use CARP or MULLET in the super-sophisticated Memphis sushi bars!  [Remind me to tell you of a personal faux pas involving MULLET and my pronunciation!]

As for myself, I much prefer the green seaweed rather than the black. It's been really beneficial to have an Asian as my sister-in-law to educate me!

My "mullet moment":  we were in Mobile, Alabama, at my brother Bode's favorite seafood restaurant. We had walked over a footbridge to get to the restaurant and I looked into the pond and asked, "Are those mullet down there--are they on the menu?"  The maitre d, obviously offended (although I attributed it to his lack of humor), imitated my pronunciation of "mullet" ("MULL-UTT") as he said, superciliously, "WE pronounce it MUH-LET!"

To this day, in remembrance of that, I say "MUHLET" using his rather condescending tone!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


I am fairly certain that I do NOT look "rich and snooty" but quite often in stores, I have had people ask me if I worked at the store and ask for information.
If I know about the request, I always respond with an answer but then I look at the clothes I'm wearing and wonder if what I am wearing resembles a uniform.
I am always on the lookout for movies that I, Gerald and a number of friends and family might want. Just yesterday, I was sorting through a bin of $3.00 movies and I have a specific method of sorting: I take out approximately 20 movies, put them in my cart, then stack the remainder in piles in the bin and then work my way around the bin, thus enabling me to see all the titles.
A woman came up to MY (yes, I realize that I become very territorial during my pursuit!) bin and began looking at the movies but she was ruining my method as she was tossing the movies willy-nilly around the bin. I asked, "Are you looking for something in particular?" She answered, "Nah." I said, "I have a list of ones I'd like to find." and I produced my fat notebook of "lists" which I maintain and she looked at me as if I were the craziest person she'd ever met!

She said, "Oh, I thought you work here."  Fortunately, for me, she left quickly.
Within a few minutes a man and woman approached me and the woman was in a wheelchair and she asked, "Do they have any craft supplies here?" I immediately directed them to the proper location.

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