I live in St. Louis, MO, but my heart and soul hang out at the beach. I am a multi-genre, award winning writer and member of St. Louis Writer's Guild. I am a seasoned pre-k teacher, on line writing instructor, wife, mother, Nana to ten. Hopefully, something I say will make you smile, further your writing career, or inspire you to write from the heart, too.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Am I a hillbilly offspring? I'll tell you directly.
When I taught preschool and when my own children
were young, I used ambiguous words in order to stall instant gratification or delay
an immediate request. Kids ask questions all day long; they have the need to know. I know!
In a little while. Maybe. Possibly. Those stall words worked fine when my kids were
young, but as they got older, they would say, "MAYBE isn't a definite yes
My dad would have been 99 this year, and I can
remember the way he said the word, "directly."
He used it in different contexts.
"Go dreckly to the store." I knew that meant
"You can go to the store dreckly." That meant
something altogether different.
Dad's favorite put off was, "I'll let you know
My research indicates the word origin was British
English and its meaning was as soon as.
Derived from proper English, it found its way into
hillbilly dialect meaning in a moment.
In my family directly
had no specific time reference.
Any stand out or stand off words used in your family?