Saturday, November 14, 2009

Blitzkriegs and Nostradamus

Sometimes words are high jacked by people and they assign a completely different meaning to them. That is the case with a few words I have adopted and given new meaning to. It is almost like an inside joke, but when I use the word "blitzkrieg" my kids shudder and when I mention Nostradamus they are elated and they begin to salivate.

As you know, Blitzkrieg means lightning war and was the name given to the Nazi's relentless pounding attacks when they'd focus all their efforts on one area. I have adopted this concept to a cleaning process which I occasionally do. When I say it's time for a blitzkrieg, my kids immediately try to escape out a window or hide since they know they will be cleaning furiously as we go from room to room for a 10 minute concentrated cleaning effort. I always say 10 minutes, but it usually ends up being much longer than that.

Nostradamus aka "Mr. Know At All" is famous for predicting all kinds of historical events. I have named a pasta casserole after him. Why? Because he is so smart, I'm sure he envisioned that we would be eating it some day. Maybe some day I will include the recipe.
I'd be interested to know if anyone else is guilty of corrupting words by assigning a different meaning to them?

8 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Hmmmm, interesting question! I can't think of any I use that way.

And that casserole sounds, uh, interesting.

Fran Hill said...

Yes ... I think you and I use the word 'casserole' to mean different things ...

Kelly said...

I can't think of one that I use, but my daughter has started referring to her favorite yogurt as her "enemy" because it tastes so good she can't stop eating it....

It's Dannon vanilla flavored yogurt btw... BEWARE!

Eric said...

Nostradamus and Blitzkrieg... You can rest assured that if someone does a Google search, your site will be the only one that pops up in the search results.

I haven't tried your recipe yet because Nostradamus predicted that I wouldn't until after I get tired of hand made tagliatelle and cherry tomatoes with fresh buffalo mozzerella and balsamic vinegar from Modena.

Chaka said...

Just a quick clarification. I never intented to promote Nostradamus as a gourmet entree. I admit is it a simple, bland, 4 ingredient meal, but my kids sure like it.

Rosie said...

Nostradamus sounds pretty delicious and it's fun to say!

Hey, kids! guess what's for dinner tonight? NOSTRADAMUS! I might get a weird look but that will change once they sink their teeth into NOSTRADAMUS!

Raine said...

My dad uses the same recipe :D

Beckalita said...

Your kids may like it, but I bet your wife does NOT!