Lost in translation
When I was a child, I thought my Aunt Julie talked funny. True, she was speaking English, yet she invented certain words.
I was certain that these words were hers alone because I never heard anyone else in my family use them. I never heard them at school, at the playground, not even at church.
“Lollygag” was one. She was worried that we kids were lollygagging. She never told us what it meant; all we knew was we never wanted to be a loggygagger.
We would also dilly-dally. My sister Phyllis was always guilty of this one. I can still remember Aunt Julie saying, “Come on Phyllis, don’t dilly-dally.” My sister could also dawdle on occasions.
Aunt Julie was always threatening to have a fit. First, she would get in a snit, which I have yet to understand. Then she might have a hissy fit. Yet she often said she might have a conniption fit. Could this be an entirely different picture? We kids waited patiently for her to have a conniption fit but she never did.
“C’mon youngins,” she would say. I liked that one. At home I was Nancee Sue, sissy or the baby sister. To Aunt Julie I was a youngin’.
When I was ten, she mentioned she wrapped my doo-dah present. I couldn’t wait until Christmas morning. Obviously, she had changed her mind, as all I could find in the box was a pair of pajamas.
Aunt Julie used unknown words not found in any dictionaries. One of my favorite words was “trippy.”
A word I am still leery to use today. I’m not quite sure what it means. It had something to do with her in-laws. I don’t think they were travelers.
Nancee Harrison is a past columnist for the Greene County Daily World. Visit www.blondeladywithdarkroots.com or email her at email@example.com or send comments to Nancee, Daily World, box 129 Linton IN 47441.
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