When I was growing up, my mother would not allow slang in our house. My sister and I were careful to obey this. I am thankful. I think slang makes people sound dumber than they usually are. Sorry. I just do.
As an adult, I have never been tempted to use any of the catchy and popular sayings. I also instruct my children to avoid them.
So, I was reading The Prince and The Pauper by Mark Twain to my girls this week. Imagine my surprise when I came upon this sentence:
- “A few minutes later the little Prince of Wales was garlanded with Tom’s fluttering odds and ends, and the little Prince of Pauperdom was tricked out in the gaudy plumage of royalty.”
Tricked out??? No way! This book was published in 1881!
I guess ‘tricked out’ has been recycled. I wonder what else has?
Mark Twain was all that and a bag of chips. Umm…sorry; couldn’t resist.