This blog post from Nadine Marie Niguidula’s Aligning with Truth really got me thinking, so I thought I’d better re-post it. It’s called “Do Heaven and Hell Exist?” by Paul Ferrini and really brings home the message of doing our part to create a peaceful world.
No disrespect – Jon Stewart does a good impression of the stereotypical Jersey accent using this phrase.
Ya think? Oh yes, you are being mocked if someone from Jersey says this to you.
Might hafta be suttin – We may need to start a physical fight if this argument escalates.
And that’s the God’s honest truth – Usually a rather dramatic pronouncement.
True fact – This doesn’t seem redundant to us at all.
I’m workin heyah! – As in, keep it to a dull roar, jamochs!
Six a one – Abbreviated version of the cliché “six of one, half a dozen of the other.”
Guy’s a buster – As in, someone who is bustin chops/bustin shoes/bustin yer hump.
Suckatevvy – An extreme Jersey version of the word “secretary.”
Noo fricken Jerzee – Only we are allowed to use this phrase; otherwise, it’s disrespectful.
Whatta ya want fuh nuttin? – Means nothing really, but used as a catch-all for things that don’t make sense.
People always say, “do what you love and the money will follow.” Well… maybe. But in the real world, it might take years for the money to reach you, so it’s good to know what you’re getting into. Check out Jurgen Wolff’s great take on the old adage and how it applies to writers. His site, Time to Write, is a real resource for the working writer, or those who aspire to be.
Great article from my writing partner Sue Bradford Edwards on WOW – Women on Writing. It’s called A Writer’s Fitness Plan: How to Work Writing into your Daily Life. Real world tips from a world-class writer.
“Some people wait for the muse to whisper in their ear. I sit down at my desk every morning and tell the muse to roll over and get her ass out of bed. I set my working hours… I also set a word minimum: a thousand words.
“If you’ve got a full-time job and a houseful of kids, (it’s difficult to find time) to devote to writing. Find one hour. Every day. It’s your other job – your writing job – and you can’t neglect it. Do it. You’re a writer.”
Ellen Sussman, author, NY Times best-selling novel French Lessons (Ballantine, 2011)
Visiting Australia many years ago, locals would ask me where I was from. “New Jersey,” I’d say, and more often than not, they’d reply, “Oh, the capital of New York?” It was frustrating at the time, but after a while, I got used to it.
New Jersey and New York are so closely linked, we’ve actually become a region. Today, for example, many of my neighbors are wearing blue and white in honor of the Giants going to the Superbowl. They’re a New York team, of course, but we’ve always called them the New Jersey Giants. They train here, they play here, and most of the players are from Jersey, as Governor Christie said the other day.
There’s also the Statue of Liberty. This symbol of American freedom “belongs” to New York but is actually situated in New Jersey.
So I’ve gotten used to people assuming I’m from New York, even though I’m a lifelong resident of the Garden State. At least for today, you can call us New Yersey.