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I'm nursing a pet peeve.

This is news worthy because, well, I say it is (WHOAHAHAHAHAHA!), and because, apart from having-to-get-up-early-and-cold-coffee-and-people-who-abuse-animals-and-people-who-are-downright-mean-and-narrow-minded-and-tight-fisted-and-being-forced-to-do-something-I-don't-want-to-do*, I don't have any pet peeves.

None whatsoever.

Except for the following one: I don't like people who say (brace yerselves for this one darlings, for it is serious and NOT intended for the faint-hearted!):

"Up south."

Like, I have these friends who always talk about going "Up to South Africa." Which would be fine if you are travelling from your outpost in Antarctica, but no... they are travelling from the Northern Hemisphere.

And we all KNOW that every place further south is downhill from here!

Because if it wasn't, Australia would've been nicknamed Land Up Above instead of Land Down Under.

* Thanks to her for the reminder in one of her recent posts that wordsthatruntogetherlikethis**-can-make-a-very-cool-special-effect-in-writing-even-if-it-is-sometimes-difficult-to-read-and-annoying-but-I-assure-you-not-nearly-as-annoying-as-telling-me-that-you-are-going-up-south.

** Wanted to write all those words runtogetherlikethis but it appeared all wonky on the blog, so I had to insert the ever-handy-hyphen.


Geeze-oh-petes, Red! As a troll who lives up north in Michigan's mitten, and who refers to anywhere north of Saginaw as Up North (always capitalized) and refers to those who live in da U.P. (eh!) as Yoopers, and calls Columbus, Ohio "down south," and Toledo, Ohio "down state," I clicked the extended entry, saw the term, "Up South," and almost dropped my pop!

Damn, you South Africans sure do talk weird! ;)

deeleea said:

I am SOOOOO there...

I go down to Melbourne and up to Brisbane... none of this other nonsense...

kim said:

i love you red ;o) *stillgiggling*

pylorns said:

ive never even heard the term "up south"

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  • pylorns : ive never even heard the term "up south"... [go]
  • kim : i love you red ;o) *stillgiggling*... [go]
  • deeleea : I am SOOOOO there... I go down to Melbourne and up to Brisbane... none of this other nonsense...... [go]
  • motorcitybadkitty : Geeze-oh-petes, Red! As a troll who lives up north in Michigan's mitten, and who refers to anywhere ... [go]
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