If you don’t know what it means…

19 Feb

(photo borrowed from http://www.msnbc.com)

It’s been a long time since I’ve tuned into the Today Show, mainly because I’m usually at my desk working by the time it comes on at 7am. This week I had it on in my hotel room while I was getting ready for work, and Tuesday’s show provided a few chuckles and an important lesson:

Act your age. Or, alternatively, don’t use words you don’t understand. I can’t do it justice, so just watch Meredith Viera’s gaffe:

<Watch it HERE>

She really doesn’t seem to have a clue about what a Hoochie Mamma is, does she? It’s always painful when people try to pull out terms they’re only vaguely familiar with. (I think she has children, and if they saw this segment, I bet they were cringing and praying their friends didn’t see it.)

Of course, it’s not always an old person trying to act young; it can go the other way too. Just ask my sister, who – as a precocious child of five – attempted to take control of the post-dinner transaction at a Chinese restaurant by asking the waitress to bring my parents a “douche bag.”

4 Responses to “If you don’t know what it means…”

  1. Alicia February 19, 2010 at 11:30 am #


  2. Alan February 19, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    In other news: Meredith Viera was found dead in her hotel room this morning with a figure skate lodged in her temple.

    “We have several leads we could be pursuing,” reported the lead homocide detective, “but no one really seems to care.”

  3. Linda February 24, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

    What? All those years in school together and I didn’t know you had 4 other siblings! I always thought it was just your sister and you.

    • pithypants February 25, 2010 at 7:53 am #

      Actually – I just worded that entry poorly! I *am* only one of two kids. I meant to say that she was “five years old” – not to imply that we had a whole slew of siblings running around! 🙂

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