Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Close But No Cigar

I'm one of those people that seem to get names, and for that matter,
expressions wrong. When I say them, they'll be somewhat close to the
way they are suppose to be said, and usually I'll be rescued by a
correction from the person I'm talking to.

One instance is an old expression my mom (born and raised in Minnesota) used to say. I always thought her exclamatory words were, "Atlantic Ocean!" I found out years later (after repeating the wrong words most of my childhood and part of my adult life) that, in fact, what she was saying was "Land of Goshen " which is from the
Bible and was a popular expression back when. Sometimes I'll hear an
expression in the correct version and think, "holy cow!! I've been
saying it wrong all this time."

There are referrals to Jack Nicklaus as Jack Nickloson or visa versa and there is a long list of similar errors on my part. Does anyone else have this problem?

This morning before my husband left for work we (I) was watching a show on
Style network about a house so full of clutter they couldn't walk in
it. It was one of those "clean it up" shows.

  • I remarked: That reminds me of that article I read about
    Marjorie-Neil-Armstrong
    .

  • Husband remarks: What?

  • You know, how they couldn't get into her house
    because it was so full of clutter, among other
    things
    .

  • I don't know what article you're talking about, Neil
    Armstrong?

  • (I'm getting a little
    frustrated that he could possibly forget about that, it was such a big
    deal.)

  • Marjorie-Neil-Armstrong, you know, the pizza bomber
    case!!!

  • Deihl-Armstrong, not Neil Armstrong, he's the astronaut! I was wondering was there something about Neil Armstrong and his house was full of clutter that made the news?
  • Oh, I don't know why I said Neil Armstrong, I know who Neil Armstrong is, I wasn't even aware I said Neil, it just came out that way. (I know they have a vitamin for this)
Well, at least we have good laughs about it when it happens.



1 comment:

Toni said...

Never fear Linda I do the same thing.
And Don is always correcting me.

yep all we can do is laugh.