Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Just curious

What expression falls out of your mouth when you hurt yourself? If proof were needed of how deeply ingrained our upbringing is on us, here's an example:

I burn my hand on the cooker and reflexively shout:

'Einau blixem Maria Fuck'

Thanks to my mongrel heritage. (Anyone who can guess where my forebears hailed from wins a gold star.)

Now I'm curious as to other people's personal verbal knee jerks. What have you got?


kristina lloyd said...

Crikey, I've no idea what that means (apart from 'gosh, that stung a little'). Is it puppet-speak with a bit of Catholicism thrown in?

Painting is lovely, btw. Gorgeous colours.

Nikki Magennis said...

Ha, puppet speak.

It's a melange of Afrikaans, and English/Scottish. With a dash of Mediterranean for flavour.

As to what it means: 'ouch' about covers it.

Madelynne Ellis said...

Mine is normally 'Hellfire!' with the occassional 'Damnation' thrown in for good measure. I've no idea what that says about me.

Hey, don't know if anyone else does it, but I like coming up with favourite expletives for my characters.

Anonymous said...

I am very fond of 'goddamn', especially for realtively trivial things 'goddamn jaffa cakes', and holy crap. Ha ha, even though I have never even been near a religion.

Mr Tilly often says 'Fiddlesticks' or 'Fiddly Flowerpetals'. (That last one is an expression from a kid's TV show that really does seem to me to be *extremely* *rude*.) He does not do this because he is polite. More because he swears so gaddamn much in normal conversation that it's the only place he can go. It is funny though, when a grown man stubs his toe and shouts 'fiddlesticks'

Nikki Magennis said...

Hello girls.

Isn't it odd that in a situation where one's reflexes override one's brain that we can still somehow come out with something as complicated as 'Fiddly Flowerpetals'?

Tempted to poke boyf with a stick later to see what he comes out with. Being Scottish, it will probably be typically brutish and rude.

Hellfire's good, Madelynne, but I hope you do it in a deep booming voice a la Arthur Smith...

Nikki Magennis said...

...and my old boss used to say 'Fish and parsley', which was first strange and then irritating. Mind you, she did also use the word 'Pacific' instead of 'specific', so perhaps she didn't know what she was saying.

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