American Vernacular: The series…of cuss words
He weaved tales of the feared Crocagator, the meanest animal on the planet, beset with the head of a crocodile on one end and the head of an alligator on the other. When asked how this beast shat, the answer was, “He doesn’t. That’s what makes him so mean.”
A declarative statement would be prefaced with, “By the 24 balls of the 12 apostles…”
A physical mistake would be matched with, “Do you know any tricks that work…”
Somebody with questionable intelligence had “all the brains of a bastard goose.”
When he was behind the wheel he was a man without peer for he invented road rage, long before it ever had a name. My father has long passed but his verbal legacy lives on. I contend that these phrases, utterances, quips, rants, bon mots are a direct link to all of our personal histories. I would love to hear your own family’s Throat of Arms. I invite you to jot down some of the sayings you heard growing up. It by no means defines you but it certainly adds color to the canvas.