Today one of the blogs I read led me to this: “A Glossery of Terms Inspired by the Ladies of Children’s Literature“. It’s so great I only wish I’d thought of it myself. Go check it out. For real. I’ll wait.
Back? My favorite is probably “Kishi Style”. Mostly because I totally loved (and still love!) the BSC. I also love the phrase “Golly-Up” but honestly I’m not sure I’ve ever read Harriet the Spy. Pretty sure I saw the movie though. With Michelle Trachtenberg and Rosie O’Donnell, if I remember correctly. (Just checked–I was totally right. P.S. Jen– Gregory Smith was totally in this too! Did you know that? I know you have a passionate love for Everwood.)
Anyway, I’ve thought of a few of my own terms to add to the glossery:
Don’t Be So Judy: When someone is extremely moody. Not a good moody. A bad moody.
Ex. Geez, Becky, so what if it’s a gloomy day outside. Don’t be so Judy.
Jo-ing It Up: To shed properness and unexpectedly become a tomboy
Ex. Today was picture day at school, but at recess while the other girls stood around in prissy dresses, I Jo-ed it up and played baseball with the boys.
Go All Eeyore: Similar to “Don’t Be So Judy”, use when someone is being pessimistic ALL the time
Ex. When I told my brother about the picnic on Saturday, he said it would probably rain. And if it didn’t rain, then there would probably be a lot of bugs. I told him not to go all Eeyore and just get excited already.
Note: I’m bending the original rule to include male characters.
Sped Off in His/Her Blue Roadster: To leave in a hurry, presumably to find a clue to solve a big mystery
Ex. When Jane heard about the big sale at the mall, she sped off in her blue roadster to investigate.
Being an Anne: To surprise someone by being a girl when he or she was expecting a boy
Ex. My cousin’s baby really surprised her parents and the doctor by being an Anne. I guess they won’t be using the name Michael after all.
Got any more to add?? It’s fun!