Monday, December 17, 2007

Arizona vs Utah dictionary...


In winter, I now use and understand words that meant a whole different thing while growing up in Arizona:

‘nor easter
Then :
I can’t lose weight at Christmas……...nor Easter….

Now:
big ‘ol ginourmous storm that may affect daily life - Power may be out – schools may close. Heat is a necessity.


boots:
Then:
Cowboy boots you wear while ridin’ or cleanin’ the stalls’ or feedin’ the horses – usually took 2 people to take off

Now:
Lumber Jack boots that go over your 2 pairs of socks, that go over your long johns that go under your jeans that go over you granny panties that you have to put on in the morning to get the newspaper out of the front yard.

scarf:
Then:
A light weight cotton bandanna worn around your neck to look like a real cowboy – also used on highly windy days when the dust blew. Can also be used to blot perspiration from your brow

Now:
Knitted piece long enough to wrap around your neck, face, ears and mouth 3 times to look like a real skier – also used on windy days when the snow blows – Can also be heated in the microwave to defrost icicles from your brow.

heat:
THEN:
Something to be avoided : 117 degrees in the shade

NOW:
Something to be desired: 27 degrees with a wind chill of -6 degrees in full sun

wind chill:
Then:
The wind that blew and got the temperature down to 97 degrees

NOW:
the wind that blows and gets the temperature down to -15 degrees

lake effect:
Then:
Smootchie-wootchie feeling that came over one when and if they could find a lake to smootchie-wootchie by

Now:
Snow that blows in off the Salt Lake when the ski resorts are reporting no snow at all..and it could be as much as to completely bury a Chevrolet….

plow:
Then:
An implement used to clear desert landscape for corrals and barns

Now:
A monstrous vehicle used to clear street, bury driveways, sidewalks, cars and small children

branded:
Then:
Markings on horses & cattle to identify the owner
Now:
Markings on clothes, shoes, perfume or handbags to identify the designer


So, the definition of words can greatly change depending on your location. Have any from where you are??
-me

3 comments:

Brenda said...

It all amkes sense to me. Cute post.

Senior Bowler said...

Everywhere else:
Fixin--repairing something
Southern: I haven't started yet but I will get to it soon.

Everywhere else;
Flip- turning over something
Southern: A sling shot used to shoot your neighbors dogs (just to get them out of the trash.)

Everywhere else;
Yonder-as in the wild blue
Southern:
Any place your not-could be over, up out, in etc

Everywhere else:
Eye-somethng you see out of
Southern: that big red hot thing on the stove

Everywhere else:
I don't have any of those
Southern;
I ain't got none...

Everywhere else;
Ain
Ant--a small creature
Southern:
Ain't- not having or doing

Penny said...

Too cute! Love your new definitions!