so it’s not totally cool with mumsie, ok? awesome!

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Below is a list  of words and phrases I’ve heard used in the US that  could prompt  this fictional conversation with mumzie

mumzie: ‘Oh dear.   Gwendolyn, what a pity.    Your language HAS deteriotated since moving THERE

reply from US-ified wendy: ‘MOM!       So, it’s cool… …ok… …don’t spaz’ (chews gum)

or reply from UK wendy; “Mumzie you are  death-defyingly CUTE!   Yes my language has changed a little bit.   The change is not really a problem because people can still not-understand what I’m talking about and  I can still appropriately use numerous words of more than 4 syllables. That means there is no need for you to worry.  

mumzie: “That’s enough cheek from you..     …have you brushed your teeth yet today?” (laying an Irony? trap for Wendy)

UK & US wendy:   “MUM!   I’m 42!!!” (Wendy falls into the trap of believing her mother would actually check on her adult  teeth-cleaning activities.   Whoops!)

mumsie*: Teeeee Heee Heeeee….  

Here are the potential mumsie offending words:

Totally” appears to be used in the US as short hand to confirm agreement.   The UK equivalent  is probably  “Absolutely

OK” this is used as frequently in the UK.   Here in the NW US they appear to say ‘MK‘,   I’m not sure why.   Mumsie doesn’t like  ‘OK’ because according to her it’s not a real word.   It’s a word that the American’s bought to Britain in WW2 with their offensive gum chewing habits.   I can  remember her saying to me  “Take that gum out of your mouth darling.  It’s rude to chew in public.

Rocks” used to indicate that something is impressive.     You say “rocks!” As oppose to the slightly more verbose,   specific,  mumsie approved variations  “was very impressive’ or citing specific virtues  “I really liked the way the shimmering colours reflected in the moonlight”

Awesome” (1.) almost the same as “Rocks”   (2.) used to indicate pleasure when someone understands or agrees with you.

Cool appears to have multiple meanings depending on use context.   Here are a few I’ve noticed:

  1. I hear what you are saying (OK)
  2. I agree with you (OK)
  3. That  is not a  problem (OK)
  4. very stylish (Rocks)
  5. the right thing to do and done with style. (Totally Rocks)

So” widespread use of this word  to start and string utterances together.   It’s like conversational glue.   There are definitely  UK conversational equivalents such as “right“,   “like” “eerrrr

‘spaz”  appears to be  used in the US as an abreviation of ‘spasmodic’ or ‘spasm’.   In the UK this term is more likely to be interpretted as an abbreviation of “Spastic”  a derogatory term to refer to people suffering from Cerebral Palsey.   Not politically correct in the UK.

Unlike mumzie,   I do not disapprove of using these words in these ways.   Like mumsie, I prefer minimizing repetition and maximizing creative use of  a broad vocabulary that communicates effectively.  

 * I love my mum she’s wicked!

so it’s not totally cool with mumsie, ok? awesome!
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3 bits of lovely banter on “so it’s not totally cool with mumsie, ok? awesome!”

  1. Drew writes:

    Ok. You got me on “(chews gum)”. I’m laughing and can’t stop.



  2. Drew writes:




  3. Anne writes:

    “Totally” is almost exclusively a West coast thing. With the exception of teenagers, who seem to say it everywhere. But everyone looks at me with disgust when I visit the East coast and “totally!” pops out of my mouth.



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