Hello, Friday Fools!
This week's Friday Tomfoolery is all about the animals. I noticed that A.Word.A.Day had horse-themed words this week. I wanted it to go on all week, but what's that saying? "Want in hand A..." (that one's been driving me nuts for years. I can never remember it--is anyone familiar with this? Please help me if you are.). At any rate, I'll take what I can get--there was "horse's mouth"; "caballine"; and "wheel horse." I'd add "gift horse," because I will not look the emoji gift horse in the mouth. Nope. Not doing it. Besides my little horse obsession, why do I bring this up? Well, how many sayings or verbal shenanigans do we use on a daily basis and don't think twice about doing it? 🤔 Well, okay, not spend a lot of time thinking about? Spend minimal amounts of time...😬
For example, I didn't realize how many western-isms I used before I started this blog and newsletter. It feels more conspicuous because I'm currently writing western. Kind of like when someone close to you is seriously ill and you keep using the word "dying" (I do use that a lot, which isn't the best)--suddenly you're hyper aware of the power of words and the humor might fade a bit for you. The "old-timey" phrases and words didn't feel as conspicuous when I used them before. While they are natural to me, it also gives me pause. I never thought about how "western" certain words sounded or how they actually were western. Seriously. We get in the car or are getting ready to leave and I say, "Let's ride!" And by the way, I now have an official teen driver..."I'm looking down the barrel" of new levels of parental anxiety--if I suddenly go gray you'll know why. Flanders, our senior dog, "moseys along." "Get along little doggie," we say to him when he won't come in the house right away (I'd call that a sudden case of doggie deafness). I don't "cotton" to things. I get my "dander" up. Then I "squawk" at my family, especially if I have a feeling there's a "fox in the hen house," when something's rotten in the state of Denmark. I know the last one doesn't "fit," but I like it so it stays. Think of it as some bonus Shakespeare for you.
Maybe not my best western examples, but there you have it. It's totally off the cuff like everything else here. I'm actually a little pleased with myself because that really was a stream of consciousness, speed-type moment with the lame western-isms. Just saying.