Gardyloo  in British English  (ˈɡɑːdɪˌluː) noun. archaic. a warning cry given before throwing dirty water from a window. Those living on the top floor of tenements would dispose of their urine by emptying the container into the street out of an open window, shouting ‘Gardyloo!’

Scottish –   Tenements in Scotland’s capital during the 18th century could be as tall as 14 stories high and had no electricity, running water and or lavatories (inside or out). Toilets at that time were simply a bucket filled up during the day and it was the job – usually of the women and children – to empty them out. People living on the bottom floor of dwellings could walk outside and empty the contents onto the close, but for those ten, eleven, twelve floors up, opening the window and emptying chamber pots was a common occurrence, with a splash back reaching as far as the second floor.

An act of discarding waste or some other substance from a height.

“You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help.”
― Bill Watterson

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Widdershins. This is another way to say something is moving counter-clockwise or something is moving in the wrong direction. It is a much more fun way to say counter-clockwise and is most likely something you heard one of your grandparents or great-grandparents say. Many people do still use it in many poems and newly published books.

Widdershins – adverb – Scottish. Taking a course opposite the motion of the sun.  First used in 1513 and used in the phrase – “Abaisit I wolx, and widdersyns start my hair.” Which meant, “My hair stood on end.

In a left-handed, wrong, or contrary direction.  I suppose this is sort of the story of my life.  However, I have no hard feelings.  Look where I ended up.  Not a bad deal.

“Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place.”
― Mandy Hale

Your place … or mine.. isabella; obong; GS; bharath; ingrid; snowmeltssomewhere; PLAINS; thirdeyeworld;  Zoom; Bridge Crossings; Forward; allison; islandtravel; judith; keithgarrett; ArristelaparadisenzainvrundaJaneplaridelBrendanTeresareluctantJayaTimwanderingsakshisupreetchinhooiscribble; hope

  Mark Scharenbroich’s The Greatest Days of Your Life…(so far) 1981 film


Gubbins.  Sometimes referred to as a collection of things. Objects, bits and pieces, scraps that has little or no value and is also referring to a gadget or device. It can also refer to odds and ends or rubbish.

1 dialectal, British : fish parings or refuse broadly : any bits and pieces : scraps. 2 British : gadgets, gadgetry the gubbins for changing a tire all the navigational gubbins— J. L. Rhys. 3 British : a foolish or futile person : simpleton you silly gubbins.

related words for gubbins, like: doohickey, gizmo, widget, thingamabob, thingummy, whatchamacallit, whatsis, Glicksohn, crud, Woodring and doodad, paraphernalia.

Comes from an old French word for a bite of food or a piece of something. Crossing over into English was translated as “gob” things associated with the mouth.

Collection of reflections or gubbins I lubbins

I’m a mirror. If you’re cool with me, I’m cool with you, and the exchange starts. What you see is what you reflect. If you don’t like what you see, then you’ve done something. If I’m standoffish, that’s because you are. Jay-Z

A shadow of a reflection of an image of an illusion.  ~~ Chuck Palahniuk

There is just something about having things.. any things .. pretty things.. bits and pieces and scraps of things.. things to hold on to.. things to roll about in your hands.. things that will inevitably make you forget or remember.. just things… preferably pretty things.. 

Man is a luxury-loving animal. Take away play, fancies, and luxuries, and you will turn man into a dull, sluggish creature, barely energetic enough to obtain a bare subsistence. A society becomes stagnant when its people are too rational or too serious to be tempted by baubles.  ~~ Eric Hoffer

Random things of no value to anyone … except maybe me

“As a historical novelist, there is very little I like more than spending time sorting through boxes of old letters, diaries, maps, trinkets, and baubles.”  ― Sara Sheridan

Even a collection of movement or expression.

“All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.”  ― Martha Graham

“She writes things with her movements that I for the life of me could never write with a pen.”  ― Christopher Poindexter

cOLlECTiOnS of WOrDs

“Words bounce. Words, if you let them, will do what they want to do and what they have to do.”  ~~ Anne Carson

“Words are free. It’s how you use them that may cost you.”  ~~ KushandWizdom

“Raise your word, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” ~~ Rumi

“Words: So innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”  ~~Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Throughout human history, our greatest leaders and thinkers have used the power of words to transform our emotions, to enlist us in their causes, and to shape the course of destiny. Words can not only create emotions, they create actions. And from our actions flow the results of our lives.”  ~~ Tony Robbins

“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”
~~ Markus Zusak

“We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt–I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted–and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.” ~~  Cassandra Clare

Pieces of things: Mirror. Tea with a Pirate A Photography Collective Just a few photos Sun Flare at the Lake  my favorite things Bird If You Were Looking at tiny stars A Journey Called Life …Be kind!  Land of Confusion  perspective Memories Through Touch A Collection of Fall Photography My rock collection  Purrsday Poetry The Overthrown Queen gubbins


Brouhaha. This is a word we are sure many people have heard and it is still used a lot today. This refers to an uproar or big event.

“If your tendency is to make sense out of chaos, start chaos.”   -Carlos Castaneda

Definitions:  noun
  1. a noisy and overexcited reaction or response to something.

It’s a word that can mean dispute, argument, altercation, disturbance, commotion, upset, agitation, uprising, etc.

“Chaos is inherent in all compound things. Strive on with diligence.”   -Buddha     

However, I love this word.  Partly because it is fun to say and partly because i feel it describes every single time I am able to get together with friends or family.  Quiet we are not.  And yes, sometimes in my life, it also means all of the above negative words.. but usually it all ends up being pure and good time spent together and just a lot of noisy activity.

“Chaos is a good thing.” -Robert Lepage 

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“See, I think there are roads that lead us to each other. But in my family, there were no roads – just underground tunnels. I think we all got lost in those underground tunnels. No, not lost. We just lived there.”  ― Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“I want to create a little chaos and make people’s heads turn.”    -Scott Caan

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Malarkey. This refers to words that are insincere and talk that is particularly foolish.  The first known use of malarkey was in 1923 Exaggerated or foolish talk, usually intended to deceive.  “This is a bunch of malarky!”

Interestingly enough, I actually thought the word malarky meant to lollygag, drone, dawdle, dillydally, twiddle one’s thumbs, muck about, shenanigan, piddle and putter, malinger about, or skylark.
My malarkish behavior is never to deceive.  I am always leaning towards foolish behavior!!
“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”
― Colette
“Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.”  ― Elbert Hubbard
“Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.”   ― Cher
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