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?

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

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  2. 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

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  3. 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?

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    1. Brilliant and just a teensy bit mad, Annalisa.

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  4. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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  7. 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. ;)

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

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

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

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  9. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thanks so much for commenting!