Yesterday I was mildly sick yesterday. I felt like a had a bit of morning sickness, but that’s no longer even remotely possible. But doesn’t that term make how I felt understandable to at least most of you reading that?
My mom used to call this sort of illness the kollywobbles. Now according to my family’s myth, that term was made up and handed down.
This morning I did something I hadn’t before, and that’s run the word as I grew up spelling it into Google.
Immediately (well in .36 seconds) The Google responds asking if I didn’t mean collywobbles.
Well, maybe I did. And sure enough the definition is something about a mild intestinal upset. Darn. All these years and I though my mom, or at least her mom had made it up. I passed that yarn on to my kids and I’ve heard my grandkids repeat it. And we’ve been spelling it wrong, maybe.
It turns out there are tons of entries under my spelling, but many of them appear to be quotes from all sorts of sources, perhaps from folks who are as confused about spelling as I am. I couldn’t dig up a definition with that spelling, but in truth I didn’t spend much time at it.
I’ve got to admit I’m a bit disappointed. I’m also curious and can see that I’ll be looking up other terms and thoughts I thought were family stuff. Google is truly an amazing resource.
What surprises has Google handed you?
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