Monday, October 5, 2009

Nerdy Wordies

Even though I wasn't a whiz kid in school I LOVED diagramming sentences. I loved drawing the lines and assigning certain words to them. It's kind of like "dissecting" in science, just much cleaner and better smelling. The teacher often assigned me the Nerd Duty privilege of ciruclating through the classroom and helping the other students with their sentence diagramming issues. I was the "go to" gal for sentence structure. In our home on the bayou there's seldom a time I'm called upon to diagram a sentence, but we do discuss our lauguage and the proper pronunciation of words.

So which is it -

When you're in the garden digging in the dirt to plant a seedling which will someday grow to become part of your BLT sandwich, is it a tomayto or a tomawto? And when Ma calls you in to cleanse yourself before dinner are you going to wahsh up, or warsh up? Then as you climb into the shower are you bare-nayked or bare-necked?  And if you should decide to read a book do you go to the li-berry, or li-brary?  And does Valentine's Day happen in FebUary or Feb-brew-airy?  And do wild, semi-dressed men get into a ring to rass-el or ress-el?

These are the things that keep me awake at night.
Such are the deep issues I'm pondering on this soggy Monday evening.
I'm going to blame it on the heavy rain.


Beverly @ The Buzz said...

I knew we were kindred spirits! I loved diagramming sentences, too. My husband says it's the one thing he learned in school that he's never used in real life. I disagree.

Now, to answer your questions:
wahsh (though my dad from NC says warsh)
nayked (nekkid is a whole nother story!)

One for you:
for breakfast, do you eat eggs or aigs??

Susan said...

I also was a diagrammer. Barely remember it now. Do you remember the term "dangling participle"? Question to you, what do you do to your aigs - BOYUL or BOLL?

Kimmy said...

That is too funny! My MIL always says "warsh" insted of "wahsh". She's from Michigan. Then I had worked with a woman years ago that would say "tar" instead of "tower". lol Funny how some of us say things differently.

BTW...thanks for the comment yesterday :o)

Jill of All Trades said...

I liked to do that too, but I wasn't very good at it. Funny thing is that our oldest has her masters in Teaching English as a Second Language and is a whiz at doing that stuff.

I'm kind of a country girl so I do warsh the dawg and rastle the dawg. My youngest has always teased me about these so I'm careful but sometimes slip. Funny.

Sue said...

I was always hung up on grammar, too. I married someone from Long Island who thankfully lost his accent, but whenever we visited his family, I would cringe at the tortured language.

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