What is your favorite word or phrase quirk? Something not in the general population lexicon?
For example, I like using the word human as a pronoun. I use people as a verb. I've been known to use food as 'man i'm hungry, i should food'.
I enjoy the phrase raging brain bunnies to describe that feeling of way to many fast moving competing thoughts all at once.
I love language and the expressive evolving nature of it. What are some favorites unique to you?
I do not have any personal ones, but I love some of our local dialect words. Such as "clarty", which means half way between firm and softly sticky, like cake mix. And also "nesh" which means over sensitive to the cold, as in. "My illness has left me feeling a bit nesh."
I have a few odd phrases. Usually it's something that one of my kids mispronounced or said.
My longstanding favorite is, "yellow bellied, lying sack of pus."
I don't use it as often as I should, but it's really fun to say and stops people in their tracks.
Try tasting the flavor of something you might see or hear. Or hearing something you see or taste. Right off, i am not getting an example,
but on some iccasions they just happen to pop to mind and roll off my tongue. ....
Good example not in mind ....
not a good example, funnier when they just pop in situtational but ... some one might ask me " did you hear what he just said" I be like, " yea, it tasted just like chicken". Someone think I am saying the flavor of his comment tasted like chicken.
I use "human" as a verb. I use lots of nouns as verbs... I say "true story" or "facts don't lie" when I agree with something. Instead of "is that ok?" or something similar I like to say "how's that tickle your pickle?" Movie quotes are a solid 1/4 of the words that come out of my face. Like when I arrive at a destination that took way too long of a journey I'll say "dry land does exist!" or if one of my kids is getting excessive with the cursing I might say "why did you say those things? Poop mouth. You got poop in your mouth." Whenever I feel like I'm blabbering on and whoever is supposed to be listening to me isn't I'll launch into "what is a horseshoe? What does a horseshoe do? Are there any horse socks?" I say face in place of mouth "I wanna kiss your face" "watch your face, friend" "what just came out of your face." I call everyone friend or sir. Writing this, I'm realizing my speech is super quirky.
I like Hobson's choice, mainly because I like the origin:
According to Merriam-Webster's Word of the day:
"In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Thomas Hobson worked as a licensed carrier of passengers, letters, and parcels between Cambridge and London, England. He kept horses for this purpose and rented them to university students when he wasn't using them. Of course, the students always wanted their favorite mounts, and consequently a few of Hobson's horses became overworked. To correct the situation, Hobson began a strict rotation system, giving each customer the choice of taking the horse nearest the stable door or none at all. This rule became known as Hobson's choice, and soon people were using that term to mean "no choice at all" in all kinds of situations."
There's a variety that I use but they all seem normal to me. Regular words are: Fuck, bollocks, wanker, arse-wipe, shite, arse......twat......knob-end....I suppose I'm fairly abusive really?
'Fuck-a-doodle-do' comes out a lot in exasperation and 'huge melons' I use as a phrase of surprise,