‘Put pip in your step’ she said. ‘Pip?’ I asked, ‘what does that mean, put pip in your step?’ She looked surprised that I, the wordy one, didn’t know. ‘Actually’, she said, ‘It’s put pep in your step, but I prefer pip! It means to speed up, to get going…’ I was mystified, I’d never heard the phrase before.
On reflection, I know pepping something up, yourself or food – a bit like perk. I looked it up, and yes there’s a phrase; pep itself dates back to the 1840’s, no-one’s sure, and pep comes from pepper, as in cooking!
April 30th 2021 would’ve been Captain Tom Moore’s 101st birthday; in recognition and in remembrance of his achievement, a new challenge was announced by his family. They challenged ordinary folk to complete a hundred somethings to raise more funds for The Captain Tom Foundation – ‘whether you bake 100 cupcakes or walk 100 laps – help celebrate Captain Tom’s achievements.’ The official ‘Captain Tom 100’ has now finished, but I’ve challenged myself to write a 100 word blog each day for 100 days. I started on May 1st and when I complete my task, I’ll donate £100 to his Foundation.
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