July 31, 2007

My Own Language

I've always known I speak my own language. TammiSpeak as it were. Mostly that consists of words I TRY to pronounce correctly, but mess up none the less.

But even more than that....there is a language of my past. Phrases I've picked up over the years, that are just uniquely....me.

The most obvious, of course is "This is what I'm gonna need for you to do...." That actually came from a good friend of mine, also in sales. We HATE being micro managed and were working for someone at the time that just didn't understand that, Yes, we really do have a functioning brain. While he never said it, it was always implied. We started using it as a signal that we were dealing with an asshole and were well aware of it!

A phrase the women in my family have used for generations - Thrashers Crew - came about because for years and years and years they had to deal with them. "I cooked enough for a thrashers crew" is the best way to explain I could have fed an army. I'm always amazed at the looks I get when I use that. Hell, I thought EVERYONE knew what a thrashers crew was!

Something else I say, probably too much, is "I need to tell you". That came about because for YEARS I hung around with folks that, believe it or not, actually out talked ME. I had to fight to get a word in edge wise. So, in order to be heard or taken seriously I'd start my sentences out with that little phrase. Now? It's habit.

One of my favorites is "Shits and Giggles". Been sayin' that for as long as I could cuss without gettin' my mouth washed out with soap. Often times it slips out even with my filter firmly in place. Oops. Probably gonna wanna work on that......

I bring this up because I'm just noticing how odd some folks think my speech is. My phraseology as it were. I don't notice, and my family doesn't even pay attention - hell, most of them are as bad as I am. But other folks? Customers, friends? Yeah, I'll often catch a look or grin when I let something slip.

Now, in public speaking they'll often times tell you to avoid those sorts of things. Me? No Way!! When I'm making a presentation it's just like when we have a conversation. (And no, you can't usually talk back at either instance!) I believe in keeping it real. I believe in being myself. It makes the presentation more interesting and a hell of a lot easier to do. If I script something out or have to worry every word or phrase? Well, then it comes out "fakey" to use a term my sister is overly fond of.

And one thing you should know about me. I ain't fakey. Can't, no WON'T do it. It's like lying. To hard to keep up the pretence. And honestly? I have better things to worry about than what I said to who, when. I am what I am. Good bad or indifferent.

But so far...it's workin' out alright.

What about you? Care to share any of your Personal Speak??

Posted by Tammi at July 31, 2007 10:07 AM | TrackBack

Sitting on the porch picking ticks is one that we say here in Mississippi and everyone looks at you like you have lost your ever loving mind. You see, I just said another one “ever loving mind”.

We call all the females in the family “Sister”.

Becan (Pecan)– I did not even realize that I pronounce it like that until my DH pointed it out.

Yesum (Yes Mam)

When someone says something really stupid, we say “Duh Big Red Truck”. Just a saying, but everyone says it.

First thing that is said when we call someone is “What cha doing?” The answer is always nothing, even when you are busy for whatever reason that may be.

I could go on and on, but will leave you with the above few.

Posted by: STACY LEE at July 31, 2007 12:31 PM

Fixenta ...I'm fixenta go to the store.

Posted by: sohos at July 31, 2007 05:18 PM

'Grinnin' like a mule eatin' briars' is one of mine. 'That'd be extry good' is another. Got all of 'em from the Andy Griffith show when I was little and just never let go. ;)

I can't be fake, either, but I'm out of the habit of being out in the wide world. Went to dinner a couple of weeks ago [the place with the giant shrimp] and stumbled over every other word until I got a glass of wine in me and finally started talking like myself again... LOL!

Posted by: pam at July 31, 2007 06:29 PM

One of mine that gets lots of looks is when I tell someone they've dropped a "stinky fact." That's when you know that just something they pulled out of their ass. There is also "move like you've got a purpose in life" and "tap your forward assist", which I picked up in the military.

Posted by: malenkka at July 31, 2007 07:25 PM

.... do you think that "Thrashers Crew" is a corruption of the old crews that used to come through 'threshing' the crops?......

Posted by: Eric at July 31, 2007 08:58 PM

That, Eric, is EXACTLY what it is. And it's pretty much MY family that corrupted the word!!


I think it's the Pennsylvania Dutch accent that threw us off!!

Posted by: Tammi at July 31, 2007 09:29 PM

I have no weird speak. I'm totally normal.

Posted by: That 1 Guy at July 31, 2007 10:24 PM

I believe you BELIEVE that T1G. I think the only thing in question is YOUR definition of "normal".....


Posted by: Tammi at August 1, 2007 07:10 AM

I was gonna drop something in here, but then I realized that if I did, you'd start noticing it when I said it, and you'd start to find it annoying.

So I'm clammin' up afore I get myself in trouble :-)

Posted by: Harvey at August 2, 2007 05:22 PM
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