In my previous post I wrote about different ways to look at a commonly used expression. Another part of our book club conversation that day involved different expression.
A family member of one of our members lives in eastern Canada. In a conversation the family member said, “I can take care of that whipstitch,” meaning, “I can do that quickly.”
That was a new one for all of us.
A whipstitch is a simple sewing stitch used to join two pieces of fabric, knitting or crocheting together. It is the fastest way to complete that task, so the expression makes sense.
I found a different definition on Urban Dictionary. [CAUTION: Some definitions on Urban Dictionary may cause you to lose sleep, or at the very least say “Ew.”]
Their definition: “every chance you get,” as in, “my wife calling me at every whipstitch is getting very annoying.“
I hadn’t heard that one before either. I like it, even though I would have preferred a different sentence as a demonstration.
Something like, “Telemarketers calling at every whipstitch is getting very annoying.” There’s something we can all get on board with.
Do you have any local expressions to add to my list?