Norma says

by quirkyjazz
by quirkyjazz

My dear mom is here for a several week visit.  She came to see my daughter graduate from 8th grade.  She also got to see my son perform a piano solo he composed at the HS Pops Concert.  She is staying to help us with the pre-move pre-house listing cleaning and sorting (and laundry — she LOVES to do laundry!  Hallelujah!).


My mom has a very colorful vocabulary.  Not in the way you might be thinking.  Not swear words.  Just odd phrases and words that most people don’t use.

For instance, just today she has said all of the following:

I went lickety-kalarp.  (quickly)  Lickety-split is another variant of lickety-kalarp.

I thought heck fire.  (self explanatory)

I’m coming with my canarvous.  (large bulky object)

I like pennies.  (random observation)

Other eloquent phrases she often says:

Land-o-Goshen!  (Used as an exclamation.  My darling daughter thought she was saying “Atlantic Ocean” and could never quite figure out what Grandma meant by it!)

It’s leaning toward Kelso.  (This means something that is leaning, or just not standing up straight.  We discovered a very old map of the county where she grew up in Indiana and there was indeed a town named Kelso that was several miles north of her town.)

It’s sigh-whicker-jawed.  (crooked)

Since I was knee high to a grasshopper. (very young)

We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.  (Granted, this one isn’t that odd, but she says it a lot!).

Once in a blue moon.  (This one isn’t that odd, either.  It means rarely).

It’s harder than a dornick (a stone small enough to throw; also a large piece of rock).  Or the word could possibly be Darnick (the home village of a family of Scottish stone masons and builders).

I’ll take a snort, shake, dab (choose any one) of that.  (Meaning I’ll take a little bit, a bite or a taste).

by quirkyjazz
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I am a pianist, musician, music teacher, choir director, mother, wife, daughter, sister, cousin, sister-in-law, friend, neighbor. I enjoy music (of course!), quilting, sewing, beading, traveling, kayaking, camping, biking, hiking, gardening, knitting, scrapbooking, cooking, reading, poetry, drinking good coffee, and having fun with family and friends. NOTE -- Creative Commons License: All work of The Tromp Queen (quirkyjazz, aka Jill) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License.

5 thoughts on “Norma says”

  1. Jill, y ou are so lucky! Norma, you are a very colorful woman. FYI, I know about half of those phrases & they were said often in my childhood. Love to hear those old sayings again. Thanks for the memories.

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