EXPRESSING YOURSELF by b. Malin

It's a Hot Dog!
It's a Hot Dog!

IT IS WHAT IT IS...

I saw this cute picture the other day and it made me smile..."A Hot Dog". It also brought to mind all the "Expressions, and Slang Expressions" that have been made up over the years...And I wondered how some of it got started...Nobody really seems to know, or frankly care...But sometimes, don't you just find yourself using an Expression and thinking...Now I'm saying it too...and I can't help myself. So, here goes another Hub.

Lover Man and I are walking on the BoardWalk the other day...The same one that has become so Famous on the series,"BoardWalk Empire." It is all about the early days of Atlantic City and Nucky Thompson, (named Nucky Johnson on the show), even though the show is filmed in Brooklyn, NY, on an Enormous, Copied Replica, of ours here in Atlantic City. That's not what this Hub is about. But I just thought "I'd toot our horn" a little here in Southern N.J. "It's Good for Business"...Oops, did I just use an Expression, or two?

Ok, Ok, I'll go on...So there we are walking along, breathing in the Wonderful Salty air of the Ocean and catching little Conversations of others passing by. Two Ladies over forty, (they looked it) saying "Oh it was So Fun". That Slang Expression, drives me NUTS...what's that one all about? Why are we becoming SO LAZY with our tongues? For those of you under that age group...I truly understand...over that age group...NO! I won't say it...I'll say, "Oh it WAS so MUCH Fun.

We stop to look at the Ocean view and a young couple is standing near by...The young man say's "It's Not You"..."It's Me"...She, tearful looking up at him as she replies, "but I don't understand". I did! and Frankly wanted to BELT him as he went on to say..."We can still be Friends"..."Sure you can" I thought glaring in his direction as Lover Man gently took my hand and we continued walking.

Soon we are walking home taking a different street, when a Cat approaches us. It is an extremely good looking Cat with white paws and sweet expressive face, with big blue eyes. We both bend down to pet it, and as we do, it stands up, balancing on it's back two legs, as it start to meow, as if it is telling us it's life story...as it WALKS from one of us to the other. We are amused as we stand up to leave and wave good bye. The Cat continues to follow us, and this goes on for two more blocks with the Cat MEOWING at the top of its LUNGS! We start to Run, and the cat Runs after us...We must look a sight! This woman say's as we pass by her. "It will come back to Haunt you...Shame on you, for leaving your poor pet"! "It's not ours, we yell as we round the corner. The Cat, thank goodness, as gotten tired of the chase.

That night I speak to my sister and we relate "Sisterly Subjects", the Kids, who she is Dating, things of that nature. After one particular story, I find myself saying..."It is what it is"...And I think to myself, now where did I get that Expression?...But I like it...and I find myself continuing to use it. My Sister calls back a few days later to tell me a story...and then she pauses...and says "It is, what it is"...And I think to myself, I guess it is!

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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Funny how these little saying pass around and just stick in our minds and we say them sometimes without even realising.

Sweet hub


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Hi B,

haha this was so cute..the cat chase was priceless..the sayings I am hearing lately around here is this...

"Really? Seriously?"

This year every where I turn someone is saying..Really? Seriously? If my husband says this one more time..I am am really seriously going to sock it to him..haha

I am not sure what this is...I go to the store..two girls talking..REALLY? SERIOUSLY? I go to the bank..the lady at the counter..REALLY? SERIOUSLY? B I do not know what is happening..these two words have taken over my life...Thank you for a great hub..that I can truly relate too...No REALLY...I mean it SERIOUSLY, :)

Hugs,

Sunnie


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

I hear ya! When I was young, we had a Hispanic babysitter/housekeeper. We were at Sonic -- a fast-food icon. I was trying to get the translation for hot dog . I said pero caliente (which transaltes literally as dog hot). After several more attempts she continued to shake her head. When our dinners arrived, I shrugged -- and she replied -- "hot dog".


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh, I love this hub B. The expression that really sends me over the edge is "Ya think?" I suppose it bothers me because it makes me feel stupid. You made this hub so much fun. A really great good topic. Voting up and thanks you sweetie you!


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Well, now that you have finished you can say, 'it is written', in a slow deliberate sort of a way and be making an accurate statement. That certainly wasn't a boredwalk you went on, as it helped to produce this light, but entertaining hub. 'Here's to you', oops.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I go completely insane when I hear someone say" it is so fun". It has now become acceptable to speak so badly. What a shame and it isn't any fun at all!


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Aye, B., there are a boat load of sayings that come and go I found this funny in it's own right, but I so get the aggravation that some find in these things, certainly, my bad, if funny wasn't your goal sans that, I got nothing, LOL,

dust


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

That's so true Rosemay...we are like little parrots...until a New one comes along and then we start "chirping" away! Thanks for your Comments and for Enjoying.

Hi Starcat, you are new, and so I welcome you! I will also visit your Page. So glad you dropped by and thought my Hub Super Funny...Thank You!

Oh Sunny, your Comments were so Funny...you certainly gave me a good laugh! Thanks for Enjoying my Hub on this Fun subject. LOL.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

That was a CUTE story Sally, so glad you told it to me...One other I should have mentioned is "NO Problem"...when I hear that one, I wonder why it is SO abused! Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Vocalcoach, I know what you mean...We so Butcher the English Language...but it's all in Fun...I think? Loved your Comments and of course Thank You for your Vote!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Breakfastpops..."So Fun", as you know, drives me up the wall...Our "Young Society" has become so Lazy with the English Language...and as I said, if they are over "Forty"... it's not COOL (oops, I couldn't resist).

I was only Poking Fun Dusty, with this one...you are so right, the words come and go...as do we...So that Cool and that Hot will eventually give away to "Whatever" that's another one I actually Love and Left out.

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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Hi AttemptedHumor, I Enjoyed your Comments and a Big Thank You for finding my Hub, Light and Entertaining... and I'd just like to add, "Surf's Up Here"! Mmm, did I just start a New Expression!?


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi b.Malin, I like that expression as well, 'it is what it is' it can explain anything or nothing and people just seem to accept it, very useful!

Great hub and voting up, best wishes MM


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

I agree Movie Master that is one Expression that can be used over and over again...But still...where did it come from? Oh well, I guess, "It is what it is"! So glad you Enjoyed, and thanks for your vote!


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Wat up, dawg? good article. Funny about the cat.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

a lot of cliches have come from the film Casablanca. But they were all new at the time. I wouldn't have said that to the woman. I would have said "It's a game we play to get exercise, we're not leaving it."


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

B Malin, love the picture. Made me smile too. That is the perfect line, cause in the end, "it is what it is". I wonder as well where this came from cause someone could have made some money. I have heard it many time before, but never thought about the origin. Very interesting. "Don't leabe your cat behind", funny stuff. Voted up!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

That Cat D. Williams was so Embarrassing! I'm sure everyone in that Neighborhood thought it was ours, and we were trying to run away. Of course we laughed ourselves silly by the time we got Home. So glad you got a Laugh out of this Hub!

Now Flora, why didn't I think of that...Maybe because we were running like crazy and that crazy cat was Running Right behind us...what a sight we were! "Here's looking at you Kid"...Great line from "Casablanca.

Hi Lyricwriter, Thanks so much for all your Comments...and that Cat..."It was what it was"...How's that for another Extension of that Expression. So glad you thought "funny stuff" and Thanks for you Vote!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Great hub and comments. Laughed out loud at the cat story! And the hot dog photo was clever.

Thanks for brightening my evening. Voted up, funny and interesting.


Cheryl Kapelner-Champ 5 years ago

Great sense of humor, & most enjoyable~ "I tried it & liked it", & w/ really good timing

"to boot"!

Thanks Barb, it was fun to read.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Hot dog! Picture is priceless, I must share it now! I am sure this is why the English language is a bit difficult to understand! Very witty and funny story! Rated as such!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Hi Gail, so glad I could Entertain you with this Hub...I have been avoiding that block for the last few days...and that Cat...wherever it is at! Thanks so much for your Vote.

Hi Cheryl, well you know me...a Laugh a Minute and that Cat certainly got the Best of us. So Glad you found my Hub Fun.

Hi Chatkath, I too Loved the picture and borrowed it also from a Friend, so Enjoy it too. So glad my Hub could give you a Laugh or two.


september girl 5 years ago

Great story, b. Malin. Although I would probably have picked the cat up and taken it home. ;) Maybe your saying of 'it is, what it is'...is somewhat like 'que sera, sera'? : ) Just a thought. Loved this hub. Voted up and awesome. You tell such great human interest stories!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Sept. Girl the Cat might have belonged to someone, it was very Healthy looking...and I'm not here for the winter so...it would have been a problem. However I do appreciated all your Thoughtful Comments..."It is What it is"...covers so much ground, and another Language...Maybe. So Glad you Enjoyed!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I'm with Dusty...I'm lived long enough to remember hundreds of popular catch-phrases that now sound silly. In fact, most of today's trite phrases already sound silly.

Good Hub!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

And isn't that the Truth Will. Thanks so much for your Comments and for Enjoying this Hub of Mine. I always appreciate what you have to say! "It's all Good" Mmm, another Expression?


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well that is something I always felt you did pretty well over your time here at the Hub - to be able to express yourself - and you write so naturally and with such ease - it would take some people a lifetime to do what you do and with such wit and charm - I hope everything is fine in your life at the moment.

lake erie time 11:09am


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub. I always keep on positive thinking. It's me and I would never change at all. Thanks for writing and share with us. Well done, my friend. Vote up!

Prasetio


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Hi Colin, thanks for all your Lovely Comments. Life is good, thinking of Florida...and looking forward to that in Dec. Hope you too are well...Judging from your Hubs, I know you are my friend, making Everyone Laugh, and Smile, and Sigh, with Delight!

Hi Prasetio, So glad you Enjoyed, and of course Thank you for your Vote. I'll be by to visit you as well.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, sayings are funny, I think the worse ones are, (thanks to Paris Hilton) Oh my God its Hot! grrrr! lol then they changed it too oh my God thats cool! well, is it hot or cool? make your mind up! lol still I suppose it could be worse, I have a friend who always says, yeah sorted! drives me mad, I want to slap him! and I am so jealous of you being by the ocean! never got there this year, maybe next, cheers nell


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

What a joy to see you writing so wittily. It is what it is alright. And I loved this Hub. Thank you for this genuine pleasure.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

The surf might be up in your neck of the woods but I'm a serf from way back, so it's not a new expression to me. :)


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Hi Nell, well, I'm actually 8 blocks from the Ocean...but we do walk it...and you're always Welcome at the South Jersey Shore my friend. Thanks for all your Fun Comments and thoughts and added Expressions. Stay Well!

Hi James, Any time my Hubs give Pleasure and Wit to the reader, I am Thrilled! Thanks so much for Enjoying this one.

Ok Attemptedhumour...How about, "What Happens at the Beach stays at the Beach"!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Another gem from you and I have to vote up up and away.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Hi Eiddwen, Thank you so much for your Compliment and for your Vote as well!


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

HAHAHAHA! wellll... it is what it issss... :) so true , I loved htis , you are amazing ! I love the way you write , it makes me seem as if im standing right there with you ,as we ran from the cat ...lol i needed this smile you so gave to me , hope you have a wonderful afternoon , thank you ! i voted up ,awesome,and the other one after awesome , crap ! i cant remember what it is ! and i voted interesting too! because it is ! :)


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Jami, I think your Comments make my Day a Happier one. You are such a Free Spirit in Mind and Thoughts. Thank You oh so much for all those Votes, I'll try not to let them go to my Head!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

I just wanted to come by for a good laugh again. I marked it a few days ago.lol Hope you and LOVER MAN are doing good. I send nothing less then best wishes.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Well I hope that my Hub gave you a Good Laugh LyricWriter...Lover Man and I are Fine...He's working on his story, I'd love him to join Hub Pages...TIME will tell. Best wishes to You, and your Family too.

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