Daily Archives: February 27, 2013

The Heidictionary

The Heidictionary

The Heidictionary is a dictionary of words, terms and expressions Heidi uses that I had never heard of and/or enjoy so much I simply have to share them with you.

THANG – Heidi’s pronunciation of the word “thing”. The substitution of the “a” for the short “i” vowel sound caused some confusion for Heidi in her childhood while reading Dr. Suess books such as Hop on Pop. “Thang” did not rhyme with words such as sing, ring, etc. Please see my post entitled I Wondered Why That Never Rhymed!.

BUTTONS - what Heidi calls a remote control for the television. Her mother points out the reasoning behind the terminology, “Well the remote has buttons.”

CANADIAN GOOSE – used by Heidi and the other Kansans I have spoken to in reference to the Canada Goose (Branta canadensis). I saw more Canada Geese in Kansas than I ever have in Canada. Anywhere there was an open field, there were Canada Geese. There are even Canada Geese that hang around Heidi’s mom’s house. I like knowing that when I am visiting Heidi in Kansas that there are fellow Canadians close by. 

“CLEAR OVER HERE/THERE” – This is an expression used by Heidi and many other Kansans. It means “a substantial distance away.” For instance, in a situation where someone who lives on the East side of town is shopping in a store on the West side of town, Heidi would ask, “What are you doing clear over here?”

SEAGULL – Just like the word vehicle, seagull did not make the Heidictionary because of the word itself, but because of how Heidi pronounces it. She struggles, and actually seems physically unable, to make the “ull” sound so she pronounces it “le” instead, making the word seagull rhyme with beagle. Heidi has provided audio of her using seagull in a sentence, “I saw a seagull on the beach.”

SEEM – used by Heidi and other Kansans in lieu of see him as two separate words. Why take the time and effort to enunciate and say two separate words when everyone there understands when you slur them together? The word seem is typically used in this way, “While it may seem that I spend all of my money on clothes, reality is that I just know what sales to hit.” or “He just says that to make it seem like he loves you”. But for Heidi and other Kansans it can also be used in this way, “Your dad had to go away for work for a while and I don’t know when you’ll seem again.” or “If you are looking for Mike, I don’t seem here.”

SHOESTRINGS – what Heidi calls shoelaces

SLOSHY - used by Heidi to describe snow that is “like a Slushie”. Used in a sentence, “It is freezing out and this snow is all sloshy.”

Officially it is an adjective that means wet and sticky or slushy (which is the term I normally hear) Slushy means resembling, consisting of, or covered with slushSlush, which is partially melted snow or ice, is a common occurrence in Cole Harbour during the winter months.

VEHICLE - Heidi uses this word as intended, to describe anything used to transport goods or people. Vehicle made the Heidictionary not for the word itself but because of how she pronounces it. Here in Nova Scotia, most of us do not accent the “h” so it sounds more like vee-ick-le, whereas Heidi, and many Kansans, strongly pronounce the “h” so it sounds more like vee-hick-le. Heidi has provided an audio of her using the word vehicle in the sentence, “The vehicle I drive is a Toyota.”

8 Reasons Why I Would Not Make a Good Amazing Race Partner For Heidi

8 Reasons Why I Would Not Make a Good Amazing Race Partner For Heidi
Heidi and Terynn at Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia

Heidi and Terynn at Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia

Both Heidi and I love to watch the Amazing Race and when we are watching we like to discuss our strengths and weaknesses as they would pertain to the Race. We analyze each task to determine which of us would be best at which ones. Our analyses never end very well for me. Although I have many strengths in a non-Amazing Race environment, I have come to the conclusion that I probably would not make the best AmazingRace partner for Heidi and here are 8 reasons why:

1. Shyness: Most people who know me would never believe that I am actually quite shy. In fact I think I can hear my friends reacting to that statement right now. Yes, yes I can. I hear phhssssst and just got hit in the face with the saliva of disbelief. However, they are not me and as me, I assure you that it is true. Until I get to know you, I am reserved and guarded. Once I know you, or am talking to you in a small group, I come out of my shell. Way out! Most likely you will wish my shyness would resurface.

The “being the centre of attention in a large crowd anxiety” part of my shyness I have does not seem to change no matter how much I know you. This anxiety inhibits me from:

  • public speaking (I did not make speeches at either of my brothers’ weddings).
  • I do NOT dance – not even under the influence of alcohol
  • Being proposed to in public – although I am sure she thought of it, Heidi knew I would kill her if she proposed to me at a Toronto Maple Leafs’ game
  • Performing (as much as I would love to be the next up and coming movie star, thinking about performing on demand, in front of a camera when I KNOW everybody is staring at me, is frightening)

Luckily the Amazing Race does not require dancing or public speeches (the occasional interview, but since that is not “performing” I may be able to stumble through it. Plus it doesn’t affect the actual racing part anyway). It could involve being proposed to but Heidi has already done that and if she hadn’t she knows better! As for performing, I would not even notice the cameras once my adrenaline was rushing during the tasks but I would know they were there the rest of the time. Shyness alone would not be enough to stop me from competing but combined with the rest of the list it would be inhibiting.

2. Strong gag reflex – Foul smells, gross food, copious amounts of food to eat, or food that takes a long time to chew are all guaranteed to make me gag – possibly to the point of vomiting. I would be no good in food challenges. However, since Heidi only weighs about 100 pounds soaking wet (although she is surprisingly strong for being so petite) and cannot consume as much as me in one sitting, I would have to try to gag my way through these challenges.

3. Fear of heights – No way, no way, no way would I be able to do any of those insane bungee jumps, repels or any of the other crazy things they make the contestants do at no-need-for-any-human-to-be-that-high-ever heights! Luckily for us Heidi finds this type of activity thrilling. Score one for our team!

4. I FEAR flying – Anytime it is possible, Heidi flies to Canada instead of me flying to Kansas. I have flown numerous times in my life for sports and to visit Heidi and her children in Kansas but if I can avoid it, I do. Obviously flying is hard to avoid on the Amazing Race so I would do it. As long as Heidi held my hand…no matter how hard I squeezed.

5. I HATE driving – I have my license and I drive every single day but I really do not enjoy it. It makes me super nervous driving in unfamiliar places, especially when I have no idea where I am going. Unfortunately that is a major part of the Amazing Race. Heidi loves driving so it seems obvious she would be our driver – until you read the next two things on my list.

6. I CANNOT drive a standard - The major obstacle to me being the driver is that most of the cars are standards and I CANNOT drive a standard. I have a very stressful story about trying to learn to drive one that I will have to share in a later post.

7. I CANNOT read maps – I know what you are thinking, if you can’t be the driver, just learn to read a map. Believe me, I would MUCH rather learn to read a map than learn to drive a standard, but I have tried and tried and for the life of me, my brain cannot make sense of one. It doesn’t matter if I turn the map in the direction we are driving or have familiar landmarks clearly marked…maps just make NO SENSE to me whatsoever. And Heidi is good at reading maps. Score another for our team! Guess I would be learning to drive a standard.

8. I am Canadian – It says right in the Amazing Race eligibility guidelines  http://www.cbs.com/cbs_casting/amazing_race/Eligibility_Requirements.pdf that you have to be American to participate.

“Both members of each team must be United States citizens and live in the United States.”

Heidi scores another for our team. I prevent us from even being eligible to apply. Guess this should be the number one reason I would not make a good Amazing Race partner for Heidi.

Good thing I make a great life partner for Heidi :)