Word-nerd alert…

Ok, fellow word-nerds, you are hereby invited to play along with this post. Read on for the rules of engagement!

As an auditory learner – and questioner and wonderer of the highest order – I have always loved words, and I really do like to understand the history behind sayings/idioms. What is the actual origin behind showing your true colors or someone being labeled a big wig?

My mother, who passed away a couple of years ago, was quite a natural at pulling sayings like these out of thin air! And she could always surprise me by coming up with one more that I hadn’t heard before. I still marvel!


Rules of Engagement:

1. In the comment section below, list one (or more) of your favorite words or sayings?
2. Explain its meaning and/or anything more you’d like to say about it.
3. Let me know if you use the saying or the word.

*I will collect your offerings through Wednesday evening and share them in Thursday’s (February 4th) post. Unless directed otherwise, I will cite your first name along with your submission.


I will start off here with a couple of entries of my own…

The origin of a big wig comes from the 18th century when the most influential people -royalty, politicians, and the like – wore big wigs. Hence, those with the biggest wigs were the head honchos! Ha! And, yes, I still happen to use this saying.

I read somewhere that one of Mom’s sayings, “Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning; red sky at night, sailor’s delight,” had been used as a rule of thumb for ancient weather forecasting!!

And such words that strike my fancy are:

* persnickety * balderdash * curmudgeon * loquacious *perspicacious

My brother and I know someone who is a rather grumpy sort (curmudgeon) and we have affectionately nicknamed him Mudge, so I have to admit that I do use Mudge in place of curmudgeon, but that should count, right?

Now, arise, go forth and do your word-nerd best!

Published by Lisa White

I am a former elementary school teacher, self-avowed word nerd, student of esoteric philosophy, energy medicine practitioner, questioner, wonderer, and lover of early-morning walks.

4 thoughts on “Word-nerd alert…

  1. Shenanigans, silly or high spirited behavior, mischief, not sure where it came from but my Mother used to use it all the time when she thought we were up to something.
    Sorry I have fallen behind on keeping up with your posts it has been a crazy few weeks, but I am getting up to speed now.


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