Ha! This post isn't about spelling the word colloquialisms but I sure as shootin' had to google the spelling.
So what is this post about?
Why, spelling colloquialisms, of course!
Not the word-- Oh, I'll swan, this spelling colloquialisms thing is making me crazier than a loon!
What I really really want to know is this: Do you ever have difficulty spelling colloquialisms? Not the word... sorry, I couldn't resist. ;o)
What I mean is: Do you ever have difficulty spelling colloquialisms that you have heard spoken your whole life? Can you relate? Or maybe you don't use or think many colloquialisms. Maybe you would never write one. Maybe it is only a south of the Mason-Dixon line thing. Maybe it is only a me thing.
Now, I don't have trouble spelling things like:
sit a spell
But, boy howdy, some give me fits! Like:
plumb larapin--- or is it plum larapin?
pure dee old-- or is it pure d old? or maybe pure-dee-ol'?
See what I mean? And google doesn't always save the day!
Then, I sometimes wonder: Will readers beyond the borders of Texas or Oklahoma even understand the meaning?
Don't worry, I may be steeped in country sayings but I don't use or write them as often as I think them. Only when apropros, I am an educated hick, after all.
Plus, as a speech language pathologist (don't fall out of your chair), it is mandatory that I ponder such things. The origins of such sayings interest me tremendously-- and did you know it is very difficult for people to communicate effectively when they don't comprehend idioms, similes and, yes, colloquialisms?
What are some of your favorite colloquialisms? And do you ever have difficulty spelling them?
I really am a bit of a colloquialism geek but I am in good company:
I reckon this is more suitable for a bookish blog: