SERENDIPITY. Yes, I feel words, love them, dislike them, I tuck many under my skin. Words in Spanish, words in English, words I don't know and once I discover them I start hearing everywhere.
The first time I heard "in a jiffy" I knew it was going to be a habitual in our home. That word transports me to the forties, and makes me think of those radio live shows with the Cream of Wheat commercial of some CD's we checked from the library with classics tales narrated on radio. My girls use it all the time, and it sounds funny and cute to me.
I am sure many of you know Edward Lear, I didn't. I found one of his poems, The New Vestments, and that same week, SERENDIPITY led us to another poem by him, The Table and the Chair in a book we have in a called Stuff and Nonsense.
if you visit this link you will read it or listen to it in many different languages, at the bottom of the page there are illustrations of the poem, and at the top there is a list with several versions. Our favorite is number five, which one is yours?