The words that fall from my lips are a muddled mess, and my brain is tumbled too so utter balderdash is all you’ll get – this much I know is true…
I absolutely adore using the word balderdash. It’s always unexpected and it’s just fun to throw about here and there in a conversation. There is also just something so hilariously aristocratic about using it, like you’d expect an older, eccentric uncle (who has a British accent, why not) to listen to some text-speak or slang and be all “That’s utter balderdash! Youth today!”
“I am almost ashamed to quote such nauseous balderdash
.” – Thomas Babington Macaulay (History of England from James II
Uncle Herman Chesterfield Vanheem was always so put off by the way today’s modern youth simply mushed their words and jumbled up the vowels and consonants (or dropped them outright). “It’s pure absurdity, that nonsense they call a language. Balderdash! In my day we’d write letter and handwriting counted every bit as much as decent spelling and pronunciation. Hrumph!” Then he got an iPhone and he’s been texting with the best of them. Why, just yesterday I received the following – “Sup? will b @ the pub l8r. Tell ur Mum, k?” Sigh, balderdash indeed!
Hope you’ll have as much fun using (and over-using) the word balderdash as I do!
Namaste ~ Ella
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