Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Regional words with interesting meanings

Mental floss has dug up nineteen regional terms from around America that it considers cool and useful. One of them, “mizzle” is quite well known to Australians, as the kind of dampness which isn’t exactly rain, but more an annoying lack of dryness or perhaps just one hundred percent humidity. However, they’re right in that it’s a catchy sort of word, mizzle.

Larruping made me laugh. When I was a kid a larruping was what a naughty child got after their dad discovered their misdeeds. A spanking in other words. But apparently in Oklahoma it means delicious food. I’d advise Oklahomans to be careful when using it in Australia among the older generation.

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Helen Woodall

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