Are you a culture vulture? A gender bender? A bit lardy-dardy? Do you like a bit of rumpy pumpy?
The English language is not only rich in content, but is also a lot of fun. It’s not all irregular verbs, weird idioms and incomprehensible phrasal verbs.
There is plenty of humour, with expressions such as nitwit, namby-pamby and lovey-dovey.
These are duplicated rhyming words. They combine two existing words, like flower-power and culture vulture. Often one of the words is meaningless, as in super-duper. Sometimes both words are meaningless, such as namby-pamby which sounds a little like it means (childish, weak and sentimental). Most of these words you will find in a good dictionary. Many of them come from olde English.
Here’s a quick guide to a few of these colourful and witty expressions:
culture-vulture: someone who love the arts
to hob nob: drink and mix socially with people, often in high society
hoi-poloi: (origin Greek): the common people
hoity toity: pretentious people
the bee’s knees: something that is the best; excellent.
a rag bag: an untidy collection of things
airy fairy: vague, dreamy and unrealistic
chock-a-block: full, crowded
mumbo jumbo: nonsense
odd bod: a strange person
nitwit: someone who is stupid or silly
heebie-jeebies: nervousness and anxiety
nitty gritty: the essential information
a lardy-dardy: a dandy with airs
to kowtow (origin Chinese): to show too much respect, to bow down before someone
rumpy pumpy: casual sex
So let me tell you about last night…
I have a friend Pascal who I’d describe as a culture vulture who likes to hob nob with the hoity toity. I prefer the hum drum of the hoi-poloi. He reckons it’s the bee’s knees to kowtow, all lovey-dovey, before a ragbag of airy-fairy artists.
I am not interested in the arty farty. However, last night I went to an art exhibition with Pascal. The gallery was chock-a-block. Just my luck, I had to listen to a lot of mumbo jumbo from some odd bod for more than an hour. He was a namby-pamby and a nitwit. I lost my patience and we had a bit of argy-bargy. I wanted to get helter-skelter out of there…
Okay, I said, but no hanky-panky and no rumpy-pumpy
Then I met Samson. How could I describe him? A gender bender with a touch of lardy-dardy and a bit of a fuddy-duddy at the same time. He asked if I was ready for some harum-scarum.
Okay, I said, but no hanky-panky and no rumpy-pumpy.
He placed a little blue pill in my hand. “Hooley Dooley! What is it?” I asked.
He replied: “One hundred per cent razzle dazzle.”
“Mmmm…,” I replied. “I’ll try an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny bit. But if I go all happy-clappy or higgledy-piggledy, shilly-shally or wishy-washy, promise you will get me out of here.”
Hooley-dooley! What’s this hocus pocus?”
“Okey Dokey,” he replied. Despite my heebie-jeebies, I swallowed the pill. The immediate reaction I can only describe as hurly-burly.
Jeeper creepers! Chit-chat came willy-nilly. Most of it was claptrap, a hotchpotch of stupidity and a hodgepodge of bad jokes. Everything was topsy-turvy. Pascal took me aside and asked me: “Hooley-dooley! What’s this hocus pocus?”
Like Humpty Dumpty, I had had a great fall. Helter-skelter, I headed for the door and departed pell mell. I felt such a dead-head!
And that my friends, is the nitty gritty of my eventful night.
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