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 nolen

It’s rare to catch me without coffee, a form of camera, or my beloved wire fox terriers. I love the history, the art, and it’s a massive part of my life, as I either paint, write, or get interrupted by my dogs, reminding me of the real 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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