So I've been busy revising. (Which I am thrilled about.) And it's funny, once I get my butt in the chair (a writer's biggest challenge, no?) it's amazing how fast I fall into that teenage voice. My girls are blabbling away a million miles a minute and it's like I'm just taking notes. I surprise myself with their sarcasm and witty phrases. Sometimes I laugh out loud and think, "Where do they come up with this stuff?"
And then I think long and hard about the weirdos I hang out with and the strange vernacular we've developed. For example, the Jersey boys call hair "lettuce." Here it is in a sentence:
"Suzie, that's some crazy lettuce you got goin' on this morning."
We also use the word "melon" as a synonym for head:
"H, look at the size of that girl's melon. It's enormous!"
And when one of us wants to bail from a sticky situation or disappear into a shady one, we call it a "houdini." Used as a verb:
"Gregg Bell, I cannot believe you houdinied again last night! Where did you go?"
Sometimes these words pop up in my work. And sometimes they just riddle my real life. What wacky terms are in your vocabulary?
3 years ago