Saturday, October 25, 2008

ardeo, ardere, adarsi, adarsus


Ardeo: Latin, to burn, conjugated. Three years of Latin, it's all I remember.


The other day I was having a conversation with my husband on the cell (which more often than not is how we have any conversation at all nowadays).

I forget exactly what we were discussing initially, but my husband made a comment that someone needed to "be whupped, and good", and I got to thinking, how exactly would you conjugate "to whup" within the Southern vernacular?

So, we started trying to conjugate "to whup", while I was driving.

You can "whup" someone, you can "whup up on" someone, the present tense is "whuppin'" and of course, the past tense would be "whupped". You can also "open a can of whoop-ass", but we quickly agreed that "whoop" is a noun and "whup" is a verb.

So, this is what we came up with:

To whup: to beat soundly, preferably with a switch, or some other object

I whup
You whup
We whups up on
Y'all whup up on
They whups up on


Used in a sentence:

"I was workin' on my truck, when my wife comes out all sudden-like and starts whuppin' me good because I done left the toilet seat up again."

or

"They matched you purty good in the first half, but by the second, y'all were whuppin' up on 'em."

or

"C'mere, boy. You sass your momma like that agin and I'm gonna whup you."

Or something like that.



And for those of you wondering where I've been, I'm back doing a regular shift again, weekdays 6 p.m. to midnight. You can listen online, live! www.rockofsavannah.net They've even taken a much nicer picture of me for the website. Sorry for my absence.

10 comments:

Natalie said...

Quintus malus est. :)

WT said...

Sola lingua bona est lingua mortua.

the rotten correspondent said...

Um, honey? You've done been in the south too long. You're fixin' to turn into an okra lover if you ain't careful.

Kaycie said...

Not only can you write like a Southerner, you're starting to think like one.

Jen said...

natalie LOL, I still have that textbook, and TFYO loves it. It still cracks me up.

WT The only good language is a dead language? You could say that about a lot of things *grin*

RC There will never be any okra-lovin' in my house. Period.

kaycie I'm pretty sure I don't really think like a Southerner, not totally. Most of my neighbours don't even know what "conjugate" means. They think it refers to visiting your spouse in the county lock-up.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Heh heh, I just pictured you in dungarees, a plaid short and with a corn stalk hanging out of your mouth.
And congrats on the new slot. We need to see that new pic too young lady. :D

Jen said...

jo Well, I stole my new pic and am using it as my profile pic on Facebook. Of course, if you follow the link to the radio station website, you can see it there under DJ Profiles.

jill said...

You're hilarious.

I remember getting wupped with the beating stick when I was a kid.

Not good times.


(hugs to everyone for me!)

Mya said...

Hey Jen and family!Have a great Christmas! Don't get whupped,now!

Mya x

laurie said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!