Borborygm. You know that rumbling you sometimes get in your stomach? Well, this is one term for that sensation! It might be a little bit more difficult to say than saying, “I’m hungry,” though.

Happy Holidays.  Merry Christmas.   Feliz Navidad.    Eat well friends..   eat well.

“Am I just eating because I’m bored?” — The Grinch

“Guys, I’m eating junk and watching rubbish! You better come out and stop me!” – Kevin McCallister

“Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double beatloaf. I hate meatloaf.” — Randy Parker

“Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?” — Clark Griswold

“I planned out our whole day. First we make snow angels for two hours, and then we’ll go ice skating, and then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookie Dough as fast as we can, and then to finish, we’ll snuggle.” — Buddy

Foodies: annie; pooja; jiheuer; brayden; gail; josh; noah; anne; ian; justine; miriam; gastro; woolymuses; dawn; tgeriatrix; garfield; clarissa; joy; ivor


Flibbertigibbet. This is another fun word! This refers to someone who is silly and who talks incessantly. The first known usage of this word is the 15th century and used to be spelled flepergebet. This word also refers to a person who is flighty.

“Do a loony-goony dance
‘Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain’t been there before.”
― Shel Silverstein

Incessant talker.  Yup.  That be me.  I have said this many times.  Most of my talk comes from nervousness. However, the silliness imbedded between the words is what makes my heart sing.  I often do talk to entertain myself, and usually more often than not, because I know that no one else is listening.  Everyone needs someone to appreciate them. I do so appreciate myself. Or at minimum, try my best to appreciate myself.

“Most people talk too much, and what they do say is often just noise or irrelevant gibberish designed to keep themselves entertained”
― Stuart Wilde

I blame my dad mostly for the silly and my mom for the incessant talker part.  There is always the question – is it nature or nurture that made you how you are today.  I got my sarcasm from my dad and a whole lot of my silliness also comes from him.  So it’s nature.  Right?  Thanks dad.

I always want to have fun and be silly and be childish. I’m very childish. I am at my happiest when I am a child and I am just playing.  ~ Sue Perkins

Except, I found out in my 20s that my dad was not actually my biological dad.  So that would make it nurture.  Right?  Thanks dad.  He was one who loved to laugh and make others laugh.  As a matter of fact, I walk like my dad, talk like my dad, tell dad jokes like my dad.  We have many of the same facial expressions and mannerisms.  No matter what. I think I have to thank dad.

We are product of neither nature nor nurture; we are a product of choice, because there is always a space between stimulus and response. As we wisely exercise our power to choose based on principles, the space will become larger. – Stephen Covey

My mom pretty much gave me my looks and some of my attitude.  And boy howdy did she give me my mouth.  I’m guessing that most people think I should not be thanking her for that.  Man, has that boca landed me into some situations.  But here I am.  Still existing.  I have to say that I inherited quite a bit of silliness from her as well.   I mean, it’s mostly silly.  but sometimes, it is just plain awkward.



“I’ve been embarrassing myself since about birth.”
― Phil Lester

I am a flibbertigibbet.  I am proud of it. I am even sometimes super annoyed by it.  But there is no denying that this word summarizes who I am.  And it’s fun to say. I mean if you can.

Flibbertigibbetting: amyrose; cherie; dawn; debbie; webb; wild; hobbo; mcwriterson; garfield; rollercoaster; wapojif; luftmentsch; suzannesmom; robyn


(adj.) – Origin: German – Definition: The freedom of not being watched by a parent or superior; being alone at a place and having the ability to do what you want.  It can also mean free of storm I am told.

My sisters and I grew up without a lot of parental supervision.  We mostly did what we wanted. For the most part I think we turned out ok despite all of the freedom and lack of supervision.  We had family trips every year and despite the lack of supervision I think mom and dad provided us with a lot of good and bad examples of how to live which helped shape all of my adult decisions.

Sometimes I think we did so well BECAUSE of the lack of parental supervision.  I think we did ok. We learned (mostly) to treat others with respect or turn away from those we are not interested in.  Don’t be afraid of making mistakes in your life because no one can raz you like your family can.  It’s ok to ask questions because dad always brought a book to read.  Dream big because it is better to fail big .. like really big.. because no real lessons are learned by failing small.

I think for me the most important messages from both mom and dad were to laugh long and laugh at yourself.  Have fun, be honest, and don’t quit.  I think that is what stands out when I look at my sisters.  No matter what happens we pop back up, we laugh hard and work hard.  We don’t quit. I think too much supervision might have taken some essential mistakes (learning opportunities) from us.  I think we did ok.

kids: Dap; hobbo; aberdeen; anne; tony; katrina;


Taradiddle. This word references someone or something that is filled with pretentious nonsense or something that is a lie. A great example of this is that classic fisherman’s tale of how big the fish he caught was. Usually the fisherman is lying or at least exaggerating about the fish, especially if he (or she) didn’t keep the fish.

I do love a good fish story.  So many times the fish stories might not be lies or even exaggerations.  For example, I remember the time I went to a celebration in Africa and the candles were so big that they had to use a blow torch to light them!!!

It was craaaaazzzzyyyyyy..

Within every elaborate lie, a kernel of truth.
 ~~~ Marisha Pessl

See what I mean?

Humor is the truth; wit is an exaggeration of the truth. ~~~ Stan Laurel

Fish stories:  joey; anne; chomp; bohotea; erin; tim; kynes; John


Tittle -tattle:  Light informal conversation for social occasions.  Speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly.  It also refers to gossiping.

Origin  – Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Watson (?1559–1603), Roman Catholic priest and conspirator. From tittle-tattle + -er.

I daresay idle tittle-tattle is very wrong and unkind, but it is so often true, isn’t it. – Agatha Christie

If I could state what my absolute gift is, I would have to say tittle tattling might just be it.  I bavardage consistently and incessantly, chitting and chatting throughout the day.  It’s how I handle stress.  It’s what I do when I get nervous.  I can’t seem to help myself. As I watch the expressions change from interest to discomfort, I realize that once again I have over-communicated.  I sometimes scream at myself to be quiet.  It doesn’t help.

Sometimes I wish that I could stop you from talking
When I hear the silly things that you say
I think somebody better put out the big light
‘Cause I can’t stand to see you this way ~ Elvis Costello

I have been accused frequently of chin-wagging, gabfesting, blabbing, verbally vomitting, piffling, prattling, twaddling, yammering, confabulating, schmoozing, blathering-blithering-blethering, palavering, clacking, and clucking.  It’s all true.  Though it drives many crazy.  It’s what sells.  However, what i do NOT do is simply tittle OR tattle.

“… I wonder why she hasn’t spread the tale.”
“The only reason she would not is if she is ill or the story would somehow reflect badly on herself,” replied Lady Badgery. “Otherwise, Portia Troutbridge has never been known to keep a scandal to herself.”
“Oh, I do hope she is ill!” exclaimed Truthful. “I mean, only just ill enough to keep the news quiet for a little longer. Is that too dreadful of me?”
“Not at all,” announced Lady Badgery. “It is a very reasonable desire. In the case of Portia Troutbridge I myself would wish for something much more severe. Scarlet fever, perhaps. Or the plague.”
― Garth Nix

Ingrid; Goff; grandmalin; vee; belinda; aaysid; ingrid2; catherine