Real Talk: Druthers

Real Talk, in which I explain why we say weird things like “plugged nickel” or “cats pajamas.” Also, a place where I can send my boyfriend when he asks the meaning of weird phrases like “plugged nickel” or “cats pajamas.”

“If I had my druthers, I’d be paid to write this.”

Druthers! I say it far too often for a gentleman of my generation. As it turns out, “druthers” is a dialect contraction of “would rathers,” and is endemic to America. That makes sense, as I have a special fondness for weird dialect phrases. I’m also prone to saying, “I swan to the goodness,” which is a nice Southern lady way of saying “Swear to God!”

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