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Translation Tuesday: Right Quick

October 18, 2011

One of my roommates from college, Brit, was in town yesterday. We met freshmen year and have been friends ever since and we lived together senior year. Brit is from Pittsburgh (Shittsburg, but we can forgive her for that) but she now lives in England with her husband, Kevin, who is in the air force and is stationed there. They were in the States for a couple of weeks to celebrate their son’s first birthday with family and they met me for lunch. It was the very first time I had met their adorable son and the first time I had seen Britt and Kev in years… they have been all over the place with his job!

So, we meet at a sandwich shop adjacent to campus and spent a couple of hours catching up, eating and walking around. Kev made the best observation as I was giving them a tour… “ You know you are old when you are walking around your alma mater and pushing your baby in a stroller.” Yep, we are all old (with or without the baby stroller).

And WHAT exactly does this have to do with Translation Tuesday? Well, this lovely phrase was mentioned by Britt as her favorite and most used southern phrase: “right quick.” This lovely phrase is an often used term by Southerners across the region. Right quick is a way of saying…. Do this really fast, or really quickly. I am going to take a shower right quick. I’ll meet you in the car right quick. And so on. It is actually not a phrase I use that often, but many others around me do! And with that, I am going to get ready for bed right quick : )

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