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That’s a Whole Nother Story

You’ve said it, I’ve said it.

We use the word “nother” in that phrase. This is what I see as I type this:

Thank you, WordPress! Yes, this is not a word, but we use it. Sometimes without even noticing it. During the last post is when I REALLY noticed it.. when I was typing “a whole other story”. I was like,

Hmm.. why does that look so wrong?

But that’s fine. As we could all tell from the previous post, the English language is a little messed up. We came up with a bunch of other troublesome words! Here’s some of them:

“Burial” –thelostgirleatscake

“Comb” –Venom

“Chores, maneuver, lambaste, suite” –Meghna

“Aisles” –Princesayasmine

“Quoth, gazebo” –knotrune

“Garage” –feistygirl

Wow.

And don’t worry, I am not one to care too much about grammar and pronunciation but sometimes its tough to avoid such things.

Edwin, this blog is called awkward list, not grammar school or the-English-language-is-weird-dot-com!

Yes, I know that! Have you ever tried talking to someone with a very thick accent? You may politely ask them to repeat themselves once or twice, but after the third time it just gets awkward. But it’s even more awkward, as we discovered, when a word is pronounced “incorrectly”.

A while ago, I went to my friend’s graduation ceremony from a place called Concorde. During the speeches, the students and every one else would pronounce Concorde as “Con-Chord” until one of the last speakers went up there and pronounced it “Con-Chord-ee”. It was loud and clear.

CONcordee. Blah blah blah CONCORDEE blah blah blah and proud and blah blah CONCORDEE

Sure the majority may have been wrong, but.. well that’s a good question, actually. Let me explain: I posted a video as a comment on one of PCC’s posts that shows a strange phenomenon, but i can find it, haha oops. Anyway, in it, a group of people walk into an elevator and begin to do pre-coordinated motions such as taking off their hats at the same time, etc. but they start off by getting into the elevator and facing the back wall. Then they wait for a victim. He or she comes in, wonders why everyone is looking at the back wall, and then does it anyway. [Has anyone else seen it? Please post it here! :)] The point is, We all want to fit in, right? What would you do?

Do you know what this means?!

Introducing to you, the word Nother, pronounced ..uhh, rhymes with mother! Sample sentences:

•I can’t get rid of this nother thing!
•Wow, man, she has a VERY nice nother.
•Excuse me, sir, can you show me how to get to the nother?

As a verb:
•So then, we went up to her room and totally nothered.
•I was nothering about going somewhere else.
•Think before you nother, buddy.

Actually, I think it just sounds good only in one sentence. I wonder how it got started.. but,

That’s a whole nother story.

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7 Comments
  1. Thanks for the mention Ed! I came across ‘nother’ on quite a few blogs! I didnt know the word Terrific originated from ‘terrible’ and ‘horrific’…and it has a new meaning altogether!! We are dealing with a real funny language now! 🙂

    July 5, 2012
    • Wow I learned something new today! Thank you.. Hahaha and you’re welcome 🙂

      Edwin

      July 7, 2012
  2. The urban dictionary is full of non word words that have become embedded into our culture and language. You;re onto something big here I think.

    July 6, 2012
    • Like the word “ain’t” which still doesn’t make sense to me haha :p

      July 7, 2012
  3. Asking somebody to repeat what they were saying, again and again…and again is embarrassing! Sometimes when I just CAN’T get it, I smile and nod and change the topic. You know, once somebody I was talking to, smiled and nodded at me when the question was “Where were you yesterday?” I thought to myself, ‘That is not the answer I was expecting.’ I knew he hadn’t heard me and that was when I realized that when I do that to people, they must think the same. Awk-ward. Imagine this happening at a job interview!
    And now that I’m reading these posts, I’m growing conscious of my English speaking skills. Eep.
    (Wait, did I get that right?!)

    P.S.- Thanks a lot for the mention, Edwin! 🙂

    July 6, 2012
    • Now THAT’S funny!! Sometimes when I speak too fast the same thing happens to me, the just nod and smile and I’m all like: Uhhhhh….???

      Hahaha! Thanks,

      Edwin

      July 7, 2012
  4. As always your posts bring me joy! I have a coworker with a thick accent, not a strange accent since we’re in California… but a thick one. I have worked with him for years now and I am the only one who knows what he is saying. Sometimes when other people ask him to repeat things (about 3-4 times) he just looks at me and I will repeat what he said. And then I giggle and say I’m his official translator.

    I would like to add a few sentences to your examples:
    -You got nother to worry about!
    – It showed up in the night, as only nothers can.

    July 6, 2012

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