Tembling along

I was talking to a friend and was trying to say that I tend to ramble… both literally when I’m walking somewhere and manage to get distracted and end up somewhere else, and also when I’m telling a story and witter on about something completely different. I actually said ‘temble’ but then thought what a good word it is,! I am an expert at tembling, I really am – when we go somewhere I often end up away from the family and they have to come looking for me (although these days a text is casually sent) My husband thinks he needs a sheep dog to round me up! In my writing to, I start off writing about something and before I know it I’m way away from where I thought I was!

I love accidental words and phrases, I was reminded yesterday of the spoon of redemption… my boss once used this in the magnificent mind-boggling phrase about someone bending over backwards to reach the spoon of redemption… no, none of us knew what it meant either! Other strange words my boss used, swathey, outshot and knoxing... none of us knew what she meant at the time, and I still don’t! Swathey sounds like swarthey – but she was talking about someone character, as for outshot and knoxing… who knows, the context gave no clue!

I suppose most families have words left over from childhood, and not just mispronunciations such as sentens for elephants or hairmalane for aeroplane which my children used. Bark chippings are now always called sibdubs in our family, it just sounds such a great word – and we adopted it almost unconscious from what or son called them, and chonking, meaning to cut into chunks is another of our family words.

I’m not sure that temble will join this lexicon… but who knows… it amused me, anyway!,



  1. sebby holmes

    What a lovely article and so true. One word I remember from my childhood is popcud. Myself and brother and sister used to like popping the fuschia flowers open on a bush in the garden (much to my mother’s horror) and to this day when I see the plant it’s called a popcud. Thanks for sharing. Cheers Sebby


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