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dave 2017-09-25 21:32:38
Got it Deb
 
phonerec 2017-09-24 03:01:50
Hey Bill, I hope you are feeling better!!
 
phonerec 2017-09-24 03:00:09
The phrase "Boomer Sooner" refers to the Land Run of 1889, in which the land around the modern university was settled. Boomers were people who campaigned for the lands to be opened (or tried to enter the lands) before passage of the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889. I had no idea, so I copied and pasted, LOL!
 
bill 2017-09-23 13:57:56
Hello everyone! Sorry I haven't chimed in lately. Hope all is well!
 
dave 2017-09-21 22:22:15
but Deb, why Boomer Sooners, Boomer Sooners?
 
grant228 2017-09-21 19:53:48
Deb, thanks for the lovely explanation. It is a clever appellation. I will file that one away in the recesses of the mind in case it's ever needed.
 
phonerec 2017-09-20 18:44:44
Thanks Dave! Grant, when Oklahoma was a new state, they what they call a land run where people could stake their claim to a piece of land and call it their own. There was a set day and time, but a lot of people did it early, therefore earning the title of Sooners. They did it too soon. One of our major colleges are called the Oklahoma Sooners. And there is absolutely no reason you would know that!!
 
grant228 2017-09-16 04:13:17
All right, Dave. Educate this ignoramus. What's a Sooner?
 
dave 2017-09-15 19:57:00
Hi Deb, I meant to say congratulations to the Sooners for defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes in the college football opening weekend.
 
 
dave 2017-09-14 15:48:02
Let me see if I can summarize the conversation since the last time I chimed in. Abba, Overreacting, Flip Flops (thongs), Accents, Hurricanes, Family Re-unions, Walter Becker (Steely Dan). :) Phone and zen, good to see you.
 
phonerec 2017-09-04 18:06:24
2 things. Zen, I'm so glad you and yours are ok. And finally, my heart is broken at the death of Walter Becker, the co-founder of my favorite band ever, Steely Dan. He was a remarkable man, both creative, and hilarious. I had the great pleasure of seeing SD in concert 3 times and was in heaven 3 times. Rest easy Mr. Becker. As Boz Skaggs said, I hope his spirit had a peaceful transfer. :(
 
phonerec 2017-09-03 01:42:08
As a native Okie,,,,I say I'm "fixing" to do something, I say it all of the time, lol. But I never, ever, say y'all. I tend to say "hey guys" even if I'm talking to a group of woman. For instance, Hey guys, ready for lunch? Anyway, I'm so glad you and yours are ok Zen. Bill, welcome to my part of the world!! Only, we don't call everything a coke, we call it pop. Not soda,,,pop. Aren't different terms strange? Kind of cool.
 
bill 2017-09-02 13:18:30
Liz, nice to see you back at this blog site! Terrible what happened in Texas. They say this is a 1,000-year event. People will bounce back.

I have a Texas friend who always says, "I'm fixin to" or "Hey, do you want a coke?" Even if it's not coke.

Speaking of the south, Dana and I are currently in Missouri for a family reunion (my Dad's side). Even though MO was a neutral state during the Civil War, we're very close to the Arkansas border and most folks down here certainly consider themselves southerners! Yee-ha!
 
zendyk 2017-09-02 05:51:16
Grant, lots of my ancestors lived in Miss Sippy and Vadjinya. It's weird that even WITHIN Texas there are varied accents. For instance, in some parts, people pronounce "fifty" as "fiddy", while in other parts they say "fit tee". Some people say, "I'm fixin' to leave", while others say, "I'm fin to leave." I have never said I was "fixing" to do anything. I don't even say "y'all". Ugh.
 
zendyk 2017-09-02 05:44:23
Phonerec, we got lots of rain and damaging winds for several days, but the weather is nice now. A cat condo in my backyard was blown over and demolished. Lots of tree branches broke off and fell, but we're OK. People have been having trouble getting gasoline in many places. Just like the 70s, eh?
 
grant228 2017-09-02 05:38:43
Lis, my statements about Queenslanders were made with a broad brush. I have in-laws who live in Qld and they don't fit the stereotype either. No Queenslanders get close to sounding like your compatriots in Mississippi. I watched a video recently where inhabitants of that state were interviewed and was amazed! I live in the state directly south of Qld, New South Wales. I've been told by Australians who've visited the south of Wales that the two areas bear no resemblance. James Cook must have been pining for his homeland when he named us.
 
phonerec 2017-09-02 02:08:51
Good thoughts are with the people of Huston Texas. Please donate if you can, I did. Zendyk, are you close to the affected area?
 
zendyk 2017-09-01 06:07:30
Grant, I have a good friend in Queensland. Although I don't really have any experience with Australian accents, he never sounded slow to me. He once called the place where I worked and said he was shocked at the accent of the girl who answered the phone, in spite of the fact that she had less of a drawl than most of the others who worked there. He doesn't seem to think I talk in a southern accent. I think southerners here do tend to talk more slowly, but I don't think my friend does. Where do you live?
 
grant228 2017-08-31 19:05:47
Lis, thanks for improving my knowledge base. The accents of those from the southern regions of your country are interesting to listen to. The extended drawl seems to indicate the speakers find communicating a little challenging. It must be the warmer climate that slows down vocal skills because we have a state (Queensland) that is in the tropics and the charitable opinion is the inhabitants need a little more time to collect their thoughts.
 
zendyk 2017-08-31 00:15:55
Grant, I'm not sure it's regional. Most people who live in the south call them flip-flops. My family called them thongs. Maybe more people called them that in the 60s and 70s. There are, however, many differences in dialect here, depending on the region. I've always found Texas accents annoying, so I have made it a point not to pick it up. I've lived in many other places and I've tried to maintain as neutral an accent as possible.
 
grant228 2017-08-30 08:22:36
Lis, that's an interesting snippet as I always thought Americans called them flip-flops. Do you have any other regional linguistic variations? I'm sure there must be a chasm of understanding between north and south. I'll finish with a corny joke but to understand it you need to know we had a singing groups called The Seekers. Here it is - What are thongs? Things the Theekers thing!
 
zendyk 2017-08-30 01:20:36
Grant, I saw your comment about thongs. I'm American and my family always called flip-flops thongs. I was 12 before I heard them called anything else. I was in my 40s before I heard people calling underwear thongs. I think that kind of underwear became more popular after 2000 or something. Anyway, I still call the sandal things "thongs". I was married for 10 years to a man who called them "zorries". I guess it all depends on where and when you grew up.
 
grant228 2017-08-28 09:34:05
Bill, that's me with the Abba replicas in their museum in Stockholm. It's an interesting place to visit with a huge amount of memorabilia to view. All the Swedish women I saw in Stockholm were eye-catching! Glad to know you haven't succumbed to that revisionist stupidity afflicting some of your states. Lee and Jackson were similar to Rommel - honorable men. To treat their statues as they have is a sad commentary on overreacting. Deb, the saddest part of Trump's antics is people have almost become inured to whatever he does. I don't know if that's part of his strategy? I shudder to think what Harry Truman would think of him.
 
bill 2017-08-27 22:40:22
Grant, is that you with Abba? Those chicks were hot!
 
bill 2017-08-27 22:40:16
Not removing any quizzes here, Grant. Those who erase history are doomed to repeat it!
 
phonerec 2017-08-27 18:33:52
Love it Grant!!!
 
dave 2017-08-25 02:41:08
Yes I saw the eclipse here, where I believe it was around 80%
 
grant228 2017-08-24 11:51:43
Deb, down here we had a cartoonist's impression of your eclipse with the sun labelled as "truth" and the moon labelled "Trump". Says it all!
 
phonerec 2017-08-22 23:22:25
Did anyone see the eclipse yesterday? I couldn't find any glasses to save my soul, but a girl at work had some and generously shared them. We had 90% coverage, and it was awesome!!! The sun looked like the sliver of a crescent moon!!
 
phonerec 2017-08-19 18:49:45
Even I think they are getting a bit carried away with the statue thing. How about moving them to a museum? Those that want to see them can, and those that don't, won't have to. They are talking about changing the name of a school in Tulsa, and that's ridiculous, leave it alone. And leave the quizzes alone. Just my 2 cents worth.
 



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