Saturday, October 10, 2009


I know you long time readers remember I did this post on the subject a couple years ago,Isn't That Swell, but I think it's high time we started using the word "Swell" again. When was the last time someone told you that you were "Swell" or that they were "Just Swell."

Come on everybody, try it out just on one person today. You'll see them smile and who knows you may be a part of the resurgence of a word that described all things good in the 50s. Wouldn't that be "Swell?" It would be "Really Swell!" Don't you think?


Blogger Erin from Iowa said...

Hmm... I think I could get on board with this. As a matter of fact just the other day I was thinking about who I picked up Super! and Awesome! from. He said both with such enthusiasm that it drilled the words, inflection and spirit into my brain. Funny the things we think about. It's going to be a swell day. Why? It snowed last night! Awesome!

4:57 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Actually, I recall using the word “swell” to denote a negative connotation. As in, “Well, that’s just swell...” (when it really wasn't).
But by golly (!) perhaps I’ll try using it with a positive slant.
“You’re a swell guy, Guy!”

5:11 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

I don't think I ever used the word, even in the 50's.

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the word swell. I also love swanky and spiffy and spot-on!

6:55 AM  
Blogger a mouthy irish woman? ridiculous! said...

yes. can we please use swell? because if i hear the word "rockin" one more time, i can't be held responsible for the 3stooges eye poke i may deliver.

7:04 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

I do use the word on occasion. I also use "marvy" and "gear" and even an odd "Bitchen dude!" My favorite tho, is the "Excellent..." done in the Monty Burns voice.

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For as long as I can remember I have used the phrase "okey dokey". Sometimes I get strange looks from others who don't know me. One thing I have picked up the last few months is "sweet". So if someone says, "I found a twenty dollar bill", I respond with "sweet". I'll give "swell" a try today and let you know the reactions I receive.


8:10 AM  
Anonymous Ann Samuelson said...

I think as I visit with people today I will use it, could use a positive word right now, it's going to be "swell"! Thanks Guy! ONWARD!!!

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better yet, stop by "The Swell Shop" In Seaside, Its located on Broadway by the bridge in Seaside.

I stopped by there today and they have lots of vintage lunch boxes and unique, cool and swell items that I have not seen anywhere else.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are certain words creeping into his conversation?
Words like 'swell?"
And 'so's your old man?"
Well, if so my friends,
Ya got trouble,
Right here in River city!
With a capital "T"
And that rhymes with "P"
And that stands for Pool.
We've surely got trouble!
Right here in River City!

12:19 PM  
Blogger g said...

I use "swell" on a regular basis. Marvelous, peachy, and hunky-dory are also part of my limited vocabulary.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I was thinking of the Music Man, too, when I saw this post. Sure, the play was written and performed in the 1950s but it was about the 1920s or before, if I remember correctly.

10:41 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Erin, welcome! It hasn't snowed in Iowa yet has it? There are readers from the mid-west that are just now getting their first frost. It did snow in Eastern Oregon this week.

Beth, Negative? That's so un Canadian.

Donna, it's high time you started.

Anon, Swanky sounds too much like skanky for me to use it in conversation.

Irish, I can just imaging the inflection your accent would add to it.

Darev "Gear"??? WTF does that mean?

Jenn, I've heard you say both and they do fit you well.

Ann, I could coin the word Swellward for you. It like moving onward to swellness.

Anon, Funny thing about those shops is that it makes one nostalgic on one hand, but it reminds us of how crappy things are that are made today.

Both Anons, sadly I've never seen The Music Man.

g, are there any words that are exclusive to Brownsmead?

5:48 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

"Gear".... it's a british slang from the 60's. The Beatles used it now and then. I use it to make people say wtf? And it works!!! (grin)

7:53 AM  
Blogger g said...

when the neighbor is spraying fertilizer i can think of a few

10:47 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

I hope everyone had a real swell weekend.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha, i was about to agree with beth, and then i saw your comment to her. i only use swell when i'm being sarcastic. it doesn't go over well in montreal; people aren't quite sure what it means...

9:19 PM  

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