David Emerson wrote to explain about his criminal turkey and the derivation of “kellate.” Here's his e-mail:
“Jerome, the best turkey ever, used to manage to raise his bulk over the fence and make his way to a nearby Dunkin Donuts where he would beg for donut holes. One day during rush hour, he caused such a traffic jam that the cops were called to unsnarl things. I got a call and had to slink over and collect him. He loved to ride in the back seat of my Contour. It caused some odd looks at intersections.He made the newspapers twice, once on the front page, above the fold.
“I've always assumed that ‘kellate’ is a corruption of calculate, but I may be off base. It's used in the sense of, ‘I kellate he'll win the primary.’ "
Loisanne Foster, who created the website New Hampshire Humor on Squidoo thought of a bunch of New England expressions.Here's what she wrote:
“Well, I heard ‘two shakes of a lamb's tail.’
“I'll be 65 in December. I tend to use expressions that cause folks to look at me blankly. I guess that, as a child, I picked them up from my elders. One is, ‘I am going to sozzle some clothes,’ meaning wash them by hand. ‘Sozzle?’ they ask.
" ‘Scarce as hen's teeth.’ It took me a long time to realize that is rare indeed.
" ‘Once in a coon's age’ or, of course, ‘once in a blue moon.’
" ‘Shiver me timbers’ for cold and ‘batten down the hatches’ for prepare for a storm (literal or figurative) are probably more upstate New York.
“My aunts called an untrustworthy man ‘a two-legged snake’ or ‘snake in the grass.’ And no one should trust a man with ‘shifty eyes.’
“My mother said something worthless was ‘not worth a hill of beans’ or maybe ‘not worth a fig.’
“My dad called a winch ‘a come-along.’ A man who had caused his own downfall was ‘hoist by his own petard,’ (blown up by his own explosive device?).
“Bathroom expressions are weird. ‘I am going to see a man about a horse.’ One elderly lady I knew used to say of her husband, ‘Oh, George has gone to shake the dew off his lily.’
“One of my favorite N.H. understatements for a young lady who has stepped outside the acceptable boundaries: ‘She's no better than she should be.’
“Now that you got me going, I'll probably think of some more.
“I enjoy your books, your tapes and CDs, your blog, and, especially your presentations. I have you linked to my New Hampshire Humor lens (web page). You told me you were ‘wicked flattered.’ I am wicked flattered that you are glad to be on it. You are my star!”
Thanks Loisanne – I'm glad you like my stuff. Don't know as I'm much of a "star," but if you say so, I'll take the compliment. And keep those sayings coming!