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Just 2 Little Words

Updated on May 11, 2009

Once in a Blue Moon

Have you ever thought about just two little words and what they mean, could mean, might mean?

How often do you say just 2 little words? That often, huh?

No, no, I'm not talking about the four-letter words. I'm talking about the simple, funny, two word phrases we use everyday to communicate with each other. Ok, ok, maybe you don't say them everyday, maybe not even occasionally, but certainly once in a blue moon, right?

Now, there's a two word phrase that I'm still in a knot about. Have you ever seen a blue moon? Do you know anyone who has? Have you ever done anything in a blue moon? Where can I find a blue moon? Please tell me, 'cuz I'd love to do something, anything in a blue moon!

What Do Just 2 Little Words Really Mean?

The Proverbial LightBulb Goes On...

After a great deal of thinking, I have come to the conclusion that it is not how much you say, but what you mean to say with Just 2 Little Words.

After another considerable amount of time, carefully taking my pen in hand, I quickly scribbled down what I meant to say with just 2 little words. By golly, now every time I said 2 little words, I knew what I meant!

But hold on! Did everyone mean the same thing every time they said just 2 little words? Do you mean the same thing I mean when we both say the same 2 little words? And, what about the appropriate answer? Now in a twist and completely befuddled, I decided to take another approach and just plain-old Ask! And, of course, jot down my notes...

A Little Clarity, Please...

The A's, the B's, and the C's

  • "Alrighty, then!"  —   Ok...now what? Am I supposed to say something? This is so frustrating! Oh, I just figured it out! The correct answer is, "Get Crack'n."
  • "AnyWho"  —   Any who can? Any who will? Won't? Might? Which one is it? For some reason, this reminds me of Dr. Seuss' "The Cat and the Hat". I think I am going start saying "AnyCat". I know this is going to catch on like wildfire!
  • "Above Board"  —   Above what board? The only board I am familiar with is the good old ironing board. And, of course, I am always above that board. But what about being below the board? I'm guessing that would Not be good!
  • "Back Off"  —   Excuse me! Do you realize how difficult that would be? I, for one, cannot just peel off my skin at a moment's notice.
  • "B'Day"  —   As opposed to an A-Day? Has anyone ever had an A-Day? I'd love to know 'cuz I always seem to have B-Days...
  • "By Golly"  —   First of all, I have never,ever met anyone with the name of "Golly". Is it a male? A female? And, what did they write? A story; a movie; a poem; W-h-a-t? Oh, and is he/she famous? How did you find out about Golly? Was it through something by Gosh?
  • "Bug Off"  —   So, now that you have gotten that nasty bug off, I am pleased to say,"I'm sooo happy for you!"
  • "Cabbage Night"  —   I'm completely stumped on this one. I, myself, would much prefer Broccoli night - I don't care much for cabbage. This, of course, is the one night we are supposed to eat nothing but cabbage, right?
  • "Close Call!"  —   The phone is already to my ear! Can't get any closer than that! So, now what? What do I say back? Oh, I got this one. I am so excited! The appropriate answer is, "I Know!"

Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language - Taking a Look at Bloopers and Blunders.

You'll find yourself giggling and laughing out loud while you're reading this book. How can you not laugh when reading about "Student Bloopers win Pullet Surprise"? You'll be "in stitches" in no time!

Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults upon Our Language
Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults upon Our Language

Anguished English is the impossibly funny anthology of accidental assaults upon our language. From bloopers and blunders to Signs of the Times to Mixed Up Metaphors...from Two-Headed Headlines to Mangling Modifiers, here is an outrageous treasury of assaults upon our common language that will leave you roaring with delight and laughter.

 

The Famous Cabbage Night Panic

What is Cabbage Night?

Cabbage Night, is a term often used to refer to the night before Halloween. Traditionally, Cabbage Night is the night for teens and preteens to play pranks and jokes.

Cabbage Night is a tradition in many parts of the United States, Ireland, England, and Scotland. Cabbage Night is also called Mischief Night, Goosey Night and Doorbell Night, and Trick Night, just to name a few.

On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles, presented the now famous, or infamous for some, "The War of the Worlds". Orson Welles' performance, an adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel, was aired over the CBS Radio network.

Although Orson Welles did remind listeners that his presentation was a Halloween joke, the performance set off panic in many parts of the United States.


War of the Worlds
(Original 1938 Broadcast)

Who knows? Listening to the original broadcast may just get you going and thinking, "Holy Cow! It's the real thing!"

Doggin', Doodles and Figure

D, E, F, And G Minus the E

  • "Doggin' It"  —   Now, if you're "doggin it", are you running, chasing, sleeping, eating, playing? If it means sleeping, I am all for it! I think I'll be doggin' it the rest of the day!
  • "Doodle Face"  —   I know what a doodle is, jeez! But, how can I have a doodle on my face? Did someone draw on my face while I was sleeping?
  • "Field Day"  —   Field Day? I don't know 'bout you, but I'd certainly be in the field during the day rather than at night, obviously!
  • "For sure"  —   For sure, what? What I said or what you said?
  • "Funny Farm"  —   There are farms that are funny? Do you know any funny farms? I, for one, would immensely enjoy a day at a funny farm. Wouldn't you?
  • "Get Crack'n"  —   This one get me scratch'n the old noggin. Am I supposed to be cracking nuts? And, if so, where are the nuts? Did someone pass them out and forget to give me some so I can crack them, too?
  • "Give Up"  —   Give up what? My clothes? My glasses? My shoes? WHAT? If you could just form a complete sentence, I would be so happy.
  • "Go Figure"  —   Plain and simple - I don't use math anymore. Ain't gonna happen. Nope, no way!

Disorder in the Court! - From Courtroom Drama to Courtroom Comedy

We've all heard about "courtroom drama", but these two books will leave you roaring with laughter!

There are literally hundreds of hilarious, side-splitting questions and answers taken verbatim from courtroom transcripts across the United States.

You won't be able to decide which book to read first!

Disorder in the Court: Great Fractured Moments in Courtroom History
Disorder in the Court: Great Fractured Moments in Courtroom History

From Publishers Weekly

Court legalese, often combined with malapropisms and slips of the tongue in exchanges between judges, lawyers, plaintiffs, defendants and eccentric jurors, is gleefully quoted here, complete with frequently profane and explicit language as drawn from sketches in San Diego lawyer Sevilla's Forum and Champion magazine column.

For example, a psychiatrist, starting with a court assertion that "we're not arguing truth here, we're arguing evidence," declares that "I am not here using common sense, I am an expert."

 
Disorder in the Court: Legal Laughs, Court Jests and Just Jokes culled from the Nation's Justice System
Disorder in the Court: Legal Laughs, Court Jests and Just Jokes culled from the Nation's Justice System

Need some comic relief? Take a lighter look at litigation with Disorder in the Court. This new compilation of transcript excerpts, with a foreword by bestselling author Richard Lederer, will leave you dizzy with laughter!

 

The Hey, The Way and The Shape

H through Z Minus Everything Else and In-Between

  • "Hey, you!"  —   My name is not "You", thank you very much!
  • "High Five"  —   Five is Not a high number! Now, if you say High Five Thousand, I would most certainly agree with you!
  • "Holy Cow!"  —   I, myself, have never been privileged enough to see a holy cow. Is it transparent? If it is, then how did you see it? Please tell me!
  • "I Know!"  —   Does this mean someone really knows what I'm talking about, or are they just agreeing with me to shut me up?
  • "Nest Egg"  —   Everyone knows that eggs are always found in nests. Don't they?
  • "No Dice"  —   Bummer... I love playing dice games. I know! I'll be right back with my dice, how's that?
  • "No way!"  —   What? You don't believe what I just told you? I think this might be one of those literal things. You know, meaning no way out, no way in. I dunno...
  • "Now, What?"  —  You tell me! How do I know? Do you know? Go figure...
  • "Pipe Down"  —   I am not an organ, thank you very much! If I was anywhere near an organ, I'd be more than happy to take your pipe down.
  • "Rain Check"  —   There is no such thing as a rain check, puleeze... But, even if there was such a thing, I would certainly not take a check that had been rained on.
  • "Say, What?"  —   What? What'd I say? Is someone hard of hearing? Am I supposed to repeat what I just said? Or should I make something up? Maybe this is the one where I just answer, "You betcha!"
  • "Ship-Shape"  —   Ok, first of all, if anyone ever tells me I am in ship-shape, I am going to...! I just can't imagine anything being in ship shape other than, of course, a ship!
  • "Sure, Bud"  —  Am I Bud? Is someone making fun of my name? Or is someone offering me a Budweiser? That would really float my boat!
  • "Top Off"  —   No, thank you! I am an extremely modest person.
  • "Yeah, Right"  —  Does this mean something is right or is something wrong? I'm confused.
  • "You Betcha!"  —  Did I miss a meeting? What am I betting on? This one gets my skirts in a bunch!
  • "Yoo Hoo!"  —  Yoo Hoo what?! You Who made a pie? You Who forgot about Grandma? By Golly, I've got it! This is a "fill in the blanks" game! You are supposed to tell me what you have done! How fun is that!
  • "When? Again?"  —  Ok, this one throws me for a loop. Am I supposed to answer the "When" question, saying something like, "Tomorrow, Bud"? Or am I supposed to answer just the "Again" part, saying something like "You betcha!"? Or do I answer the whole thing, saying something like "For sure!" Now, I'm befuddled.

Words to Tickle the Humorous Humerus

Now this book really does dive into the meaning and the wonder of words and phrases.

You"ll be rolling over with laughter as you read about how the author ponders about such things as, "church music being considered organic" or "why dwellings stuck together are called apartments".

Words to Tickle the Humorous Humerus: An Almost Complete Collection of American Word Humor
Words to Tickle the Humorous Humerus: An Almost Complete Collection of American Word Humor

Have you ever wondered:

Is a casualty someone dressed in sweat shirt and jeans?

Isn't it fruitless to eat vegetables?

Don't sheep have to be deranged before shearing?

Aren't doctor's fees ill-gotten gains?

Shouldn't the army infantry be called the army adultery?

Was George Washington a revolting general?

Are overjoyed people too happy?

Words to Tickle the Humorous Humerus poses these kinds of humorous questions and then goes on to poke fun at thousands of other curious words and phrases, many presented in amusing epigrams.

 

Wait! There's More!

Time to "Get Crack'n"

Obviously, there are a lot more 2 little word phrases, but writing them all down would require yet another considerable amount of time.

Wait! And, what about Just 3 Little Words? Just 4 Little Words? Just 5 Little Words?.. Oh, my! I guess I'll just "Get Crack'n"...

Ok, 'nuff said. And, that's all I have to say about that.

When 2 Little Words Just Aren't Enough - A Whole Wide World of Idioms...

Idioms? Say, What?

No, no, not idiots, idioms!. Idioms are the everyday phrases we use that cannot be interpreted literally. For example, when someone says, "Break a Leg", they aren't really asking or wishing that you literally break your leg! Rather, they are wishing you good luck! Huh...go figure!

With McGraw-Hill's "Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs", you"ll uncover the real meaning behind Just 2 Little Words and more...

McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

This book is your one guide to understanding American English idioms. Discover A Whole Wide World of Idioms...

 

Words, words... No More Words! Say It with a Sign, Instead.

Have you ever found yourself at a loss for words? Alrighty, then! Say it with a sign, instead.

You'll "get hooked" learning how to sign "holy cow", "brainwashed", "worry wart" and much, much more. For sure!

Garrison Photography


Idioms & Phrases in American Sign Language, Vol. 1-5
Complete Set
5 DVDs

Word Phrases, Idioms, and Fun for Everyone! - And, Not Just for Kids...

Thinking about this n' that, have you ever wondered how to explain everyday word phrases, idioms, to kids and/or adults? You haven't? Well, anywho...

Think about how difficult it must be for kids or adults, learning the English language, to try to figure out what we really mean when we utter multi-word phrases! Get hours of fun for you and everyone with each one of these books.

American English Idiomatic Expressions in 52 Weeks: An Easy Way to Understand English Expressions and Improve Speaking
American English Idiomatic Expressions in 52 Weeks: An Easy Way to Understand English Expressions and Improve Speaking

This week-by-week calendar of idioms will assist learners of English to understand the meanings of American idioms found in common usage. The American English Idiomatic Expressions in 52 Weeks consists of 3,300 frequently used idioms, provides concise and clear definitions of each idiom, and includes examples to show the context in which particular idioms are used.

 
Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms
Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms

Cat got your tongue? Penny for your thoughts? Come again? Every day, idioms bring color to our speech. Since they don't really mean what they say, idioms can stump even the native English-speaker. Marvin Terban makes understanding idioms "as easy as pie" with the revised SCHOLASTIC DICTIONARY OF IDIOMS. Explanations for, and origins of, more than 700 everyday American idioms, complete with kid-friendly sample sentences.

 
Super Silly Sayings That Are over Your Head: A Children's Illustrated Book of Idioms
Super Silly Sayings That Are over Your Head: A Children's Illustrated Book of Idioms

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4 - Especially designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, "foreign language backgrounds, or language-learning impairments that make it difficult for them to comprehend figurative language," this book presents idioms and their definitions. The sayings are broken down into sections by category or topic, such as food, clothing, and body parts.

Three phrases on the left page face rectangles containing colorful illustrations that depict their literal and actual meanings. For example, "When someone says, 'It knocked my socks off,' she really means that something was amazing." The picture on the right shows a pair of feet with socks dangling below them alongside an image of a smiling girl looking at a rainbow.

 

Alrighty, then! Got something to say? Let me know! - I'd love to hear from you... You Betcha!

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    • dappledesigns profile image

      dappledesigns 

      3 years ago from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest

      I didn't even think twice about Cabbage Night until I moved to the midwest. In New England it was common knowledge, but out here I just got a bunch of confused stares haha. Great article!

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      lasertek lm 

      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens topic!

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      thisnthat2 lm 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to dottie] I love your two suggestions! Once again, I will take my trusty pen in hand, carefully consider what I mean when I say "hang out" or "down low", and write their true meanings.

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      yesido 

      9 years ago

      Love it! Love it! 5* For sure!

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      shazsays 

      9 years ago

      Fabulous lens. I'm grinning from ear to ear!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very funny lens! I like the "Say, What?" My mother is hard of hearing and I am repeat myself all the time. "You betcha!"

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      MsMorrison 

      10 years ago

      great lens! 5 stars! great job!

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      CounselMom 

      10 years ago

      This is great! Our English language and the way we put it together is so interesting...sometimes funny...and sometimes plain out strange. Oh, haha...there's one, "plain out". Hmmm

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      KarenKnightBenn 

      10 years ago

      It's good to know someone else wonders about these interesting sayings. Fun lens! 5 Stars.

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      I haven't heard all of these expressions but some of your questions gave me a real laugh and made me think that sometimes the combination of words we use don't make any sense. Now what?

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      youhavegottobekidding 

      10 years ago

      "Get Crack'n"'s explanation is really funny also the Cabbage Night.hahaha really gave me a laugh. I'll be coming back soon for more.

      5 stars for your Great Lens.

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      youhavegottobekidding 

      10 years ago

      "Get Crack'n"'s explanation is really funny also the Cabbage Night.hahaha really gave me a laugh. I'll be coming back soon for more.

      5 stars for your Great Lens.

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      poutine 

      10 years ago

      What an interesting and refreshing lens.

      A 5

      Poutine

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      ZeroGShot 

      10 years ago

      You are too hilarious! I can't believe that you actually thought about all these two little words. How fun!

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      Lou165 

      10 years ago from Australia

      This is an absolutely wonderful lens, I'm still chuckling.

      Lou

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      GoodInfo LM 

      10 years ago

      Here's two more: Very Funny! And, just for you, Five Stars! : )

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      Tarra99 

      10 years ago

      2 more little words...

      "cool lens"

      :o)

      Thanks for visiting my Scrabble tile pendant lens

      Kat

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      The Homeopath 

      10 years ago

      I'm guilty of saying ANYHOO all the time!

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      RinchenChodron 

      10 years ago

      This was a really fun and uplifting break to my day! Thanks - 5 big ones - I'll be back.

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      AlisonMeacham 

      10 years ago

      What a great idea for a lens! Original and interesting.

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      thisnthat2 lm 

      10 years ago

      Thank you, everyone, so much for all your wonderful comments! I had a lot of fun, tickling my own funny bone, while I was writing this.

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      TheInfamous7 

      10 years ago

      This Lens is Excellent!!! Wonderfully; Original, Cynical, Sarcastic, Witty and Intelligent!! Its going on CraigsList@Squidoo's Lenses of the Week!!

      Keep up the splendid work..

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      what about "hang out"? or keep it on the "down low"?

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      As an English teacher in a foreign country, I TOTALLY agree with the incongruencies of the English language -- and trust me! This only gets more "funny" when you try to translate all of this... This is a FANTASTIC Lens...we all use of these so often, that suddently WE don't even know what we mean...it's just "that's what you say"!!

      ..."LAUGH AWAY"... and, of course, there are always the marketing terms, the product names... e.g. the "Dodge RAM"... do you "dodge" it or do we "ram" it... go figure!!

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      InspiredWritingResearch 

      10 years ago

      Unusual and original ideas!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 

      10 years ago

      Great lens!

      5*

      Lizzy

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      10 years ago from Canada

      Excellent lens, I'm going to lensroll it to my lens about words -- Your Life Sentence ~~ Six Word Quotations. Since you are a wordsmith, you might enjoy reading it and I would love to hear your six word memoir!

      Brenda

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      Mihaela Vrban 

      10 years ago from Croatia

      OK. Since I'm not American or Brit or from any other country where official language is English, I'm gonna put this lens into my favorites so I come back once in a while and remember what NOT TO USE! :-)))

      If you have some time, go through some of my lenses and make sure to send a message on what I wrote badly! :-))

      Great lens! 5* from me!

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      More:

      Pound Sand - is that supposed to make me feel better?

      Chill out - now I should feel cool!

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