“Is that an American expression?”… “I Have No Idea”…
Posted on November 19, 2009 by yankeebean
One of the things that I tend to do is make up random words and slang for everything. Just for kicks, y’know? Life’s too short to abide by the Dictionary (although it’s a fine book). My Mom does it, too and I think I get it from her – sometimes I wonder if we could have a conversation using only our secret code. Like two spies… or psychic ninjas.
When I first move here, people would ask, “Is that an American thing?” and sometimes I’d say “Yeah” and launch into an explanation. But sometimes I”d say, “No, it’s just a random Yankeebean thing, I like making up words”. (With lots of hand waving and general gesticulation, of course).
But recently a couple of people have asked “Is that an American thing?” and I’ve had to pause and say, “I have absolutely no idea…”
Half the time I just don’t remember if it’s American, or something I made up – I’m not even sure if it’s just something people say in the NORTH and not in the South in England. All of the terms of everywhere I’ve lived have all ended up in a big bubbling pot of vocabulary – and the origin is starting to evaporate in to thin air (I moved once a year from when I was 15 to when I was 20, so there’s a reasonable jumble in there)
So, is it just another expat shamerican thing? Anyone else forgetting what’s from where? Or should I make a doctor’s appointment?