Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Words having different meanings.

Chippie- carpenter, ( slang); adj, agressively belligerent.

Gooseberry- supernumerary third person preventing a couple from courting; a green hairy fruit.


  1. Hi Mary Ann,

    Don't you just love the vagaries of the English language, when so many words have double meanings so diverse.

    I know of both meanings for 'gooseberry', but I only ever thought that a 'chippie' was a colloquialism for a carpenter and had no idea of its not so nice definition!

    Thanks for sharing your words and meanings this week, it was fun!


  2. I've heard chippie used as aggressively belligerent by football announcers. The only meaning of gooseberry I've heard is the fruit.

  3. I was going to say the same thing Kathy said. We must watch the same football games. Gooseberries grew in the woods behind a house we used to live in. They were very tart and required lots of sugar.

  4. How funny - I've always heard "chippie" as slang for a prostitute. Not quite a carpenter, although they both work with wood, in a manner of speaking. :)

  5. I like the word gooseberry.

  6. Yvonne- So glad you enjoyed them.

    Bermudaonion- Me to, I didn't know gooseberry had two meanings.

    Margot- I never saw a gooseberry.

    Lisa- Thanks! for commenting.

    Tea- Me too!