Ellowell and Transmorgrifying Vocabulary

“…So the Blond says, ‘If it gets hot, then I can roll down the window!'” Katie finished her joke with a laugh.

Burt smiles. “Ellowell,” he says, implying his amusement.

Katie cocks her head. “I wonder where that word came from?”

So they look it up in the dictionary, and find the following entry.

ELLOWELL. Expression. Pronounced “EL-oh-WELL.” Used to express amusement over idea or situation. Origin: Unknown. Could possibly be related to the name Ellory (Swedeson), a famous comedian from the 21st century. Is also speculated to come from improper pronunciation of the Dutch word, “Lol,” meaning “Fun.”

It could very well happen. Look at Christmas, for example. It started out, actually, as a pagan holiday. However, it slowly transformed into something “Christian.” Nowadays, it is the Christian high holiday of the world, and, for a majority of people, the origins probably do not even come to mind.

Also, the colloquialism “Cool,” has surprising origins as well. (Google it.)

History plows on, forgetting things that aren’t prominent, and dragging with it the things that “Matter.” The English language has been one such adventure of forgotten things. We’ve borrowed countless words from other languages, including French, German, Tamil, Latin, Greek, and we even get a hundred-times-a-day-colloquialism from Buddhism!

So write on, my writer friends! Document the world as it is, so someday, Katie and Burt will know the true meaning of “Ellowell.”

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8 thoughts on “Ellowell and Transmorgrifying Vocabulary

  1. I found Your text very interesting and inspiring. I think that from my language others have borrowed the word: Sauna. Sauna we have differs from that it is understand in other countries. We have our own Sauna and it is the best place to visit when we have cold winter. Even small chidren visit Sauna.

    In my family we are cooling off outsise. It does not matter how cold it is. We are wrapped by one towel. Sometimes the difference between Sauna and outside air tempature can be 70 Celcius / 158 Fahrenheit.

    We have borrowed the word Cool and Google it. We say googlaa.

  2. Love the post J.P. lol (!) 🙂
    I also think this is possible… I look at the language people used back in the 19th century and wonder what it’s going to sound like in 200 years! 🙂

    • Thanks!

      I think it would certainly be a treat to hear what it will sound like! A lot of foreign language borrowing, I foresee, as well as acronyms…(BTW, ROFL, BRB, TTYL…)

  3. Hmm. Methinks the writer of some far-future dictionary ought to be fired. But his or her mistake makes for amusing fare here in the past.

    I often wonder what the people of the distant future will think about the archeological (and, I suppose, linguistic) evidence of our own time… Who will they think we are?

    • Unfortunately there may not be too much archaeological evidence left (it will all be digital). If they can watch our movies, they will probably think we were a horribly immoral country!!! 😀

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