Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Wednesday's Word

Today's word is one that my mom used a lot as I was growing up. She still does actually, and I've picked it up from her because I caught myself saying it last night! The word is "Meanness"

Actual meaning: A spiteful or malicious act

Meaning to me: The description for any bug bite or rash or bump

Okay, I know this is gonna take some explaining. I think it must be a southern thing because pretty much everyone understands it, but here goes!
When I was little and I had a mosquito bite or anything, I'd go to mom and she'd say, "Awww, it's just the meanness coming out in you."
That always took my mind off the bug bite and onto the fact that I was not mean, so it couldn't possibly be the meanness coming out in me. She always said it with a smile, so don't think she was just being mean or anything. She just helped me focus on something else! She's a pretty smart woman!
Anyway, last night she asked a guy about a bump on his head and before I could stop myself I said, "It's just the meanness coming out in him!" (He's a good friend of our family, so it was okay!) I guess we all turn into our mothers eventually! Good thing mine is so great!!
Are there any words or phrases you picked up from your mom?

1 comment:

GiBee said...

LOL! My brother in law (Raleigh) says, "don't be hateful!"