Dinnah is Prepayuhed #1LinerWeds

As long-term readers of this blog may remember, I come from a highly refined and gentle background.

Shut up!

The recent food-centric holiday got me thinking about the table etiquette with which I grew up. (<–No preposition at the end of the sentence)

There was, as I’ve shared on a previous Wednesday, our table service of paper napkins, and glasses made of repurposed jelly jars, which were set in place with the words:

Another day of gracious living.

There was the announcement that a meal was ready for consumption:

Come and get it, ‘fore I slop it to the hawgs!

There was the invitation to enjoy the repast before us:

Eat ’til ya bust!

And there was my grandfather’s ending compliment:

I’m just as full as if I’d had a good meal.

Ah, where is the elegance of yesteryear?

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s weekly blog hop, One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner or just like them, follow the link.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Sayings from the past.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Dinnah is Prepayuhed #1LinerWeds

  1. Dan Antion

    December 1, 2021 at 8:31am

    “ highly refined and gentle background…” Okaaaaaaaay. Maybe not 100% of the time, but I’d welcome the chance to sit at your table.

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  2. acflory

    December 1, 2021 at 4:47pm

    As a non-American I looked at Dinnah and read die-na. Dinner? Kind of reminds me of my Mother’s first year in Australia. She ventured to a department store wanting to buy new sheets. The highly embarrassed sales person showed her to the ladies loo. 😉

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      Marian Allen

      December 2, 2021 at 1:51pm

      Yes, dinner is prepared. Dinnah is prepayuhed is intelligible to fans of The Rocky Horror Show. The proper response is, “Meatloaf again?!” Your poor mother…

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      • acflory

        December 2, 2021 at 6:13pm

        Aaaaah! I loved the Rocky Horror Show but it’s been…omg…over 40 since I watched it.
        Unlike Dad [the engineer], Mum never learned to speak grammatical English, but she was a wheeler and dealer and almost always made herself understood. 😀

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