Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Lickety-split

To go lickety-split means to rush headlong towards something, or travel at full speed. To me, it rather suggests one should be heading in the direction of a couple of frightfully nice chaps, serving lashings of ginger beer.

We don't generally go lickety-split in our van (it doesn't half rattle if we do) but we expect it to go where we want when we want. The other day it wouldn't go anywhere. Fortunately the RAC where able to coax it back into action.

We visited this castle with our van. I climbed the first turn of steps lickety-split, but by the time I reached the top it was more ... well what word or phrase do you think sums up the red-faced, gasping mess I was when I got up there?

28 comments:

Deborah Walker said...

Lickety-spit. That's a great word. Definitely a jolly hockey sticks kind of word.

Sue Blackburn said...

I climbed the first turn of steps lickety-split, but by the time I reached the top it was more GULPety-split - in half by sheer exhaustion!

Lovely post and thanks for the link Patsy x

Annalisa Crawford said...

I haven't heard that term since I was a child - my grandmother used it, maybe? I don't think I've ever known what it actually meant though. The English language is brilliant, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

I think I remember grandparents saying lickety split. Sounds like an ice-cream to me, or maybe that's raspberry split. Thanks for the link.

M J Francis said...

Haven't heard that one in a long time. Think I'll start using that!

Stephanie Faris said...

That is a funny term, now that I think about it: lickety split! I wonder where it came from?

Leandra Wallace said...

Ooh, I love this word! It always makes me think of ice cream, I'm assuming because of banana split? And ha! I just happened to see Susan's comment as I was typing this- good to know I'm not alone. ;)

Amanda said...

What a great word, Patsy!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Love that jolly-hockey-sticks type of word, Patsy. At least you made it to the top of the castle!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - what a nuisance .. I hate it when the car conks out - not often thankfully .. but enough to drive one dilly ... about as dilly as I'd have been if I'd climbed lickety-split up the castle stairs ... looks an amazing place .. cheers Hilary

TracyFells said...

Love this word - goes with lashings of ginger beer and sticky buns for tea :)

Maggie May said...

It reminds me of tickerty boo, which means everything is hunky-dory.

Julia Hones said...

That castle is enticing. I'd love to see more pictures!

Patsy said...

Rather spiffing isn't it, Deborah?

Patsy said...

I like gulpety-split, Sue!

Patsy said...

Brilliant and just a teensy bit mad, Annalisa.

Patsy said...

Mmmm, raspberry splits. I could just go one of them, Suzy.

Patsy said...

Do, MJ. I'm sure you can find a use for it.

Patsy said...

It is a bit funny, Stephanie. In a good way though, I think.

Patsy said...

Banana splits are also good, Leandra. I like mine with cherries, chocolate ice cream, strawberry sauce and flaked almonds.

Patsy said...

I think so, Amanda.

Patsy said...

Eventually I did, Rosemary. I'm better with hills as I can stop to admire the view and get my breath back.

Patsy said...

It was a nuisance, Hilary but fortunately no more than that and it's fixed now.

Patsy said...

It certainly does, Tracy. (Makes a mental note to see if there's a word for people with a sticky bun fixation)

Patsy said...

That's a top notch observation, Maggie! (Once again I'm soooo pleased I don't have to learn English as a foreign language)

Patsy said...

I have lots, Julia - and your email addy! Mwa ha ha.

Julia Hones said...

Thanks, Patsy!
The pictures are astounding, majestic. They really make me feel I am there. I did not imagine them like that.

Patsy said...

Glad you liked them.