Tidying up my Christmas cards, I found one that hadn’t been opened. It was deep in a cardboard container for a wine bottle.
“Have a super-duper Christmas”, my brother wrote.
It’s a long time since anyone wished me a super-duper anything. It brought a happy grin to my scowling dial.
I looked it up in the Macquarie Dictionary. There it was:
super-duper adjective, Colloquial — extremely fine, great, pleasing, etc. [dissimilated replication of SUPER]
I looked up dissimilate. To change a speech sound so it is less like a neighbouring syllable.
Enough of this lexicography!
It’s not as if super-duper was a mystery.
It’s just a happy phrase. How many other cheery phrases from the past have slipped out of use?
In the midst of a very grey, cloudy, overcast start to the year, and more news about masks, statistics, border closures etc., came a brief moment of bright blue sky. I took my camera on to the balcony to capture it before it vanished.
So here’s to a super-duper 2021 for everyone, may the year bring blue skies, the scent of frangipanis, easier contact with our friends and family, and whatever else you may wish for.
I also look forward to more contributions to this shared blog from our talented team.