Saturday, December 05, 2009

"And so I'm offering this simple phrase..."

Nordic Boy: Brrr. It sure is nippley out there today.
Me: Nippy.
Nordic Boy: What?
Me: It's nippy out there, not nippley.
Nordic Boy: Same thing.
Me: No, it's not. Nippy does not refer to nipples. It refers to nipping. Which is like biting.
Nordic Boy: I thought it was nipping. Like, you know, nipping.
Me: No, it's nipping, like a dog nips at your ankles. Or Jack Frost nipping at your nose.
Nordic Boy: Oh. So Jack Frost is not nippling at your nose?
Me: What, like nipple on nose action?
Nordic Boy: It would be such a better song if that were the case.
Me: (groucho impersonation) And don't even get me started on the chestnuts. Is it hot in here or are my chestnuts roasting?
Nordic Boy: Ew.
Me: Listen, you started this whole thing. Don't complain now.


Anonymous said...

My feller & I almost exclusively use the work nippley when referring to how cold it is. Cuz you know, it makes you kinda nippley when it's cold.

On a vaguely related note, you know those bumpy ridged sidewalks they have on the really steep hills? Yeah, we call those Nipsey's Russells. k8

Anonymous said...


dizz said...

I heard the most fabulous phrase the other day to describe the cold: nippy-noo-noo, which I now have to use everytime it's cold out. I'd be willing to try nippley-noo-noo instead though now...

Desperate Housewife said...

My man friend likes to use the term "nippley' to describe the weather, and will then circle his own "nipplies" to prove the point. Charming.