Sunday, January 07, 2007

Catch-up Post V: Wallago

Friday afternoon

Does anyone else know the wonderful word “wallago”? For example, I might say, “Wallago I heard a siren,” or “I loaded the dishes wallago.” I myself may be too young to use this special word with ease, but just today I noticed it being used handily by certain beloved older folks. It’s related to such words as “maters” (the red fruit, not the truck), and the more common “taters.” I pity people who can’t be around parents and grandparents often. They miss the joys of knowing precisely what the older people will say, with exact phrasing and word usage, before they finish their sentences. They miss the joys of those oddest of words like ochree, and the phrases like “I was so tickled when...”

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