Write on- oh those lovely new expressions!


The art of writing

I love how English changes and evolves and have total compassion for those trying to learn it. How many of our words have multiple meanings; i.e., Red, read, read, There Their etc. So when I come upon a new expression, I just have to make a note of it.

I don’t know where the expression came from, television, a show, or if the girl had just made it up. But, I told the girl right then and there, that I would steal the expression from her. So here is the very short story of my theft. (Is it theft when you announce it to all?)

I was in the bookshop the other day ordering some books for a gift. My order was to say the least,  very complicated. When I approached the help desk, the shop was quiet and it was just me and the check out girl. She too was a lover of books and writing and with each order we found ourselves compelled to discuss the title, and the book itself. We were having a crackingly good time, when to our shame we looked up, and there was a massive line behind me.  She smiled and grimaced before declaring, “I had better call up one of the male carbon units.”

I loved it. I marvelled in it.

Male Carbon Units…nothing more needs to be said.

About susan sheldon

I am an explorer. It's taken me awhile to realise this. But I love capturing bits of our wonderful world with my camera, travelling through time and history, always returning to write, or paint what I've discovered. I use my Leica and my iPhone to capture images, and with those images I try to hold on to a feeling, a moment in our busy lives. Sometimes those moments bring me into the past, others into the studio to paint, or back to the old typewriter to try to use words to capture what the camera has done for me already. One of my goals in my blog is to have a space to take a breath away from our frantic world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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6 Responses to Write on- oh those lovely new expressions!

  1. 😀 That will catch on if only because I take it all round London! Fantastic, Susan!

  2. Kate, let’s run with it! Who doesn’t want tea with a male carbon unit? 😉

  3. paralaxvu says:

    My new best phrase ever! Can’t wait to spread it around.

  4. Male Carbon Units……..how many of those did I date in my earlier life? I think my ex-husband was one as well……..very funny.

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