Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Words for Wednesday





This meme was started by Delores a long time ago.  Computer issues led her to bow out for a while.  The meme was too much fun to let go, and now Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. 

Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.  Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...  We can use some or all of the prompts.

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme, which includes cheering on the other participants.  If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.


The prompts will be here this month but are provided by Margaret Adamson, and her friend Sue Fulton.  They also include photographs taken by Margaret's friend Bill Dodds.

This week's prompts are phrases (ones I have certainly heard):




Let the cat out of the bag



And/or



Best thing since sliced bread


Have fun.  I will be slow to respond to comments for the next few days but will read your work with very real pleasure.  And thank you for all your good wishes.  My eye is still troublesome, but my friend arrives shortly and I am hoping (and expect) to have a wonderful time.

70 comments:

  1. These expressions remind me of a fun lesson from primary school.

    My favorite teacher, Mrs. Sutton, taught our fifth grade class idiomatic expressions. She explained the figurative meaning of certain expressions. Then we were to draw the literal meaning of a particular expression that we liked. I chose 'cat got your tongue?'. I remember I drew a cat sitting holding up a paw with a tongue. It made me laugh.

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    1. Funny how one of the prompts reminded you of another one and a memory. How are we going to have a story about the prompts from you this week? I hope so.

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  3. Hi EC - thanks for the prompts ... I'm a-thinking!

    But good luck with the eye ... and have a lovely day enjoying the company of your friend ... cheers Hilary

    - and now got it:

    Best thing since sliced bread … bread buttered, a smattering of marmite – and then fried … then yummily enjoyed!! Probably wanting seconds ... something done rarely - but now my mouth is watering ...

    Good luck - xoxo

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    1. That story makes me hungry!

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    2. oh you are a tease, now we all will be so hungry!

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    3. Mmm! Luckily coffee is ready soon.

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  4. Hot Tamales are the best thing since sliced bread. Crap, I just let the cat out of the bag...

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    1. Heeheehee! Grandpa would agree with you.

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    2. very clever to get both into one line and it dod make me laugh

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    3. this is fun use of the phrases.

      have a lovely day.

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    4. LOL Now I've just got to try Hot tamales, which for me is just a song.

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  5. Fingers crossed for the eye EC....I shall apply myself to these phrases.

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  6. "Let the cat out of the bag" "the best thing since sliced bread"
    "Just stop where you are sir, put the oars down and hand over that bag."
    The coast guard pulled neatly alongside Jerrys flat bottomed boat and secured it to the side of their vessel.
    "No fast moves and don't try to pull a fast one." the officer advised.
    Jerry handed over the bag reluctantly, was handcuffed and helped aboard the cutter.
    "Here you are Mrs Goodwin. I'm sure the mayor will be glad to get Peaches back. He thinks the world of that cat. Told me once that Peaches was the best thing since sliced bread. I'd say by the activity going on inside that bag that Peaches is just fine, but please, don't let the cat out of the bag until we reach dry land."

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    1. Oooh, a catnapping! Glad they recovered Peaches, nice story!

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    2. As they say on facebook "LIKE '

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    3. A brilliant use of both phases. Thanks

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    4. Fine story - SMILE. I considered a real cat in the bag-story too, but then my story had its own way.

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  7. hope your eye is ok, nothing to mess around with; back later for words

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    1. looking forward to reading you story Linda

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  8. I wonder what the best thing was before sliced bread?
    Take care, please.

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  9. I'm at a loss here. So much going on. But I did want to say I have been thinking of you and hoping that your eye is getting better.

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    1. perhaps if you cannot manage it a story this week, you will submit one next week. Hope all goes well for you this week.

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  10. Meggie almost LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG, but she caught herself just in time.

    Actually, the truth is, she was saved by the bell. The loud shrill of the phone ringing interrupted her before the words escaped her mouth.

    To her relief she was able to use the phone’s interruption as her chance to leave the room.

    Oblivious to her daughter’s strange behaviour and sudden departure, Meggie’s mother immediately became engrossed in the conversation with the person on the other end of the line.

    The surprise the children had planned for their mother who had been going through a difficult few months had them all at fever pitch. They knew their mother would be more than thrilled at the gift awaiting her out front.

    They also knew the first words she’d utter would be those of one of her favourite sayings...”It’s the BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD!”

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    1. Awww, the kids planning a surprise -- i sure hope she does love it.

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    2. i like this stories because I am a real sucker for surprises. Now I am wondering what the surprise was!

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    3. Thank goodness for that phone call.....what a shame it would be to ruin the surprise.

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    4. Gifts from children become a rarity when they age I am still Owed and Owed And I still lend and lend.

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    5. Now we must wait for next Wednesdays prompts to hopefully get the secret unveiled. Waiting ...

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  11. Hope you have a wonderful time with your friend.

    Once my post is up, it will be here.

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    1. Good story and I dear Roger may well be right. it would be great for you to copy and post this lovely story onto Sue's site this month.

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    2. Oh, a teaser too, nice one. I do hope that next Wednesday's prompt will bring on a happy ending.

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  12. Here is my post:
    https://jannghi.blogspot.com/2018/10/words-for-wednesday.html

    Have a great time with your friend and I hope you get better.

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    1. No love is better than the love from one's Mother's children. nice story Lee.

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    2. Two lovely story. it is a pity you do not sopy and past them on Sue's site this month.

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  13. Wednesday, 10 October 2018
    Bread Rationing in Great Britain 1946- 1948.
    Words for Wednesday this week use the theme 'The best thing since sliced bread'

    During WW2, Bread was not rationed within the British Isles except for the Occupied Channel Islands.

    It was on my mother's 47th birthday, and she let us be boringly reminded of it in later years. It was announced in parliament by the Food minister Ben Smith(or was it, ( John Strachey) That the rationing of Bread, Flour and Flour confectionaries were to be rationed due to inadequate supplies reaching former European countries occupied by the Axis powers like France Holland Belgium and Germany as well as most of Europe.

    This news on the 21st of July 1946, was not *The best thing since Sliced Bread to people in Great Britain most of whom failed to understand the reason for its introduction., the cause being supply and demand during the war being reduced by less production in grain exporting countries such as the USA, Canada due to less demand much of the produce in th1940 season went to waste, however, it took some two years before grain producing countries returned to normal production and bread rationing ceased on July 24 1948.

    And all the thin and scraggy Europeans became fat and unhealthy after gorging themselves to obesity by eating lots of sugary iced doughnuts. lovely yummy yum...

    Vest Daily gaggle Also published on my blog.

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    1. Thank you for this well written story and the hardships one had to cope with during war times. Also many thanks for both publishing your story here on Sue's site as well as you blog.

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    2. This brings a 'time gone by' to life for those of us who did not live through it.

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    3. Tough times. Godd story.

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  14. Two true stories using the prompts separately.

    When I got married over 50 years ago, an uncle of my husband’s phoned and asked us, did we want Waterford crystal glass or a dishwasher as a wedding present on the very evening when friends and family were round viewing the presents. (That’s what we did in those days). I had thought, Waterford glass but everyone else shouted “Dishwasher”. i had thought with just the two of us, we would never use it. How wrong I was. Since then of course I have had to replace several dishwashers but out of all the helpful appliances I have, I consider it to be the BEST THINGS SINCE SLICE BREAD.


    i was organising my 50th nurses reunion in a very posh hotel where we were having a champagne reception followed by dinner and then spending the night there. I had thought up many surprises all along the way for them and no one but me knew of any of them. However for one of them, I needed assistance and as one of the girls was computer literate and I asked her to set up Skype on her laptop to be up and running during the reception so that we could see 3 nurses who could not attend from South Africa and the other two from USA. She was sworn to secrecy and she said no problem. What I did not know was she was no good at keeping secrets and she LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG to one of her closer nursing friends. Nevertheless all the others nurses were thrilled and amazed as each surprise followed another and it was very emotional to see and hear the girls that we had not seen for many years on Skype.

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    1. I would have yelled 'dishwasher' as well. And as for keeping secrets....I'm lousy at it too.

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    2. Waterford glass or expensive clutter would not have been my choice and the dish washer like a White elephant for poor struggling families with huge power bills to pay on top. I would have preferred cash to clothe the children.

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    3. Sensible choices. You do still remember your husband's uncles gift. I dare bet you do not remember all the others'. The reunion surprise sounds soo good.

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  15. Hope your eye continues to heal and you have a wonderful time visiting with your friend. Always enjoy reading the stories that come from the phrases and words.

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    1. Perhaps someday you will pen to paper and give us a story

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  16. Best thing since sliced bread....book sales and good reviews. Heh:)

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  17. Bless your dear eyes! <3 Enjoy your time with your friend <3

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  18. Have fun with your friend and I hope your eye heals soon.

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  19. I hope your eye starts behaving, EC. Have fun with your friend!

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  20. I will have a go at another story as soon as I have time. Honest!! ;)
    And here's hoping you have a great time with your friend! :))

    Hugs.

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    1. We shall be waiting with interest for our story

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  21. I will join in one of these days. There are times when my brain doesn't feel very creative.

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  22. Popping in to send some cyber hugs, EC! RO

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  23. this is tricky. I don't often use familiar phrases in my writing.

    but here's my story.


    have a lovely day.

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  24. Have fun with your friend. Hope your eye is getting better. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. The video is hilarious and I cannot believe the cat allowed someone to out a slice of bread round its neck!! Does not look too happy. Thanks for the laugh

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  26. I hope you're having a great time with your friend and I hope your eye is getting better! Big Hugs EC!

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  27. Always good to read 'Words on Wednesday'.

    Hope your eye is a lot better.

    All the best Jan

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  28. Late to the party with yet another chapter of my mock Autobiography . Now I'll enjoy reading what you have written.

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    1. ... and adding my best wishes for your eye!

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  29. Thank you one and all. I thoroughly enjoyed all of your work and am grateful for the kind wishes.

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