by Paula Matter
One recent morning I couldn't wake up. On my fifth cup of coffee and the caffeine had still not kicked in. Someone suggested I might be drinking decaf by mistake. She said it happened to her–in fine print the word 'decaf' was on the label.
So I checked. I put the coffee can on my kitchen table and read the label.
Nope. Definitely caffeinated. After finishing that fifth cup of coffee, the left side of my brain woke up and had some questions.
How come it's not table and lable? Or, tabel and label? (I'm playing havoc with my spell check here. Hee hee!)
I've been a lover of words since I was a child growing up in Miami. And it wasn't always easy.
My mother was from Boston; my father from New Orleans (Nawlins). Here's a typical conversation in our house...
Dad: "Goils, get your poises and get in the car."
Mom: "I pahked the cah over theah by the yahd."
Huh? Oh! He was telling me and my sisters to get our purses and she was letting him know where she'd parked the car.
Got it. Thanks, Mom. Thanks, Dad.
That was years ago and it all came back when I moved north with my Yankee husband. My first dinner at my in-laws home, my mother-in-law said, "Time to red* off the table."
Say what? I sat there for a minute until I figured out it was time to clear the table. I've since learned one can red out closets, attics, basements, etc.
It was raining the day we moved into our home. An elderly neighbor stood watch nearby. As we lugged furniture back and forth, he said, "Youins daresn't move that davenport while it's spittin."
Huh? Aha! We shouldn't move the couch while it's drizzling.
Here's a fun quiz for y'all/youins/youse guys:
I scored a perfect 20 and according to Toni, "Not only are you Southern, but I think you and I are kin."
*I'm not quite sure I'm spelling it correctly. Anyone out there know?
Feel like you've read that before? Feels, sounds, looks familiar? Deja vu? Nope. After trying to upload my post twice and having problems, I cheated and used this old post from last summer. It was too late to contact my blog partners, so I did the next best thing.