Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Speaking of classic emails circulating the net: somebody had to scrub hard to "worsh" these two!

I spent my early years (from age 2 to 9) in Iowa. I worshed my hands before dinner; I had to take my turn worshing the dishes (I am quite certain I cried every time I had to do the dishes; didn't like that job); my mom worshed our laundry. When we moved to Idaho, I took an honest look at the word wash for the first time. I noticed people around here didn't say worsh, they said wash; w--a--s--h; not an r to be found. I started saying wash too and I have tried to enlighten those who pronounce it with an r whenever possible. (I also can be heard saying noo-clee-er when I hear someone say noo-kyou-ler.)

Today, I opened a wonderful email and it reminded me of those days. Though in this case, the word in question is pronounced warsh. I never warshed anything, but I believe Ma & Pa Kettle might have. I am going to paste the entire email and then make gluten-related comments after.

From those good ole days....

Washing Clothes Recipe.........

Years ago an Alabama grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe: This is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrapbook - with spelling errors and all.


Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water. Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert. Shave one hole cake of lie soap in boilin water.

Sort things, make 3 piles

1 pile white,

1 pile colored,

1 pile work britches and rags.

To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boiling water.

Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and boil, then rub colored don't boil just wrench and starch.

Take things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then wrench, and starch.

Hang old rags on fence.

Spread tea towels on grass.

Pore wrench water in flower bed. Scrub porch with hot soapy water.

Turn tubs upside down.

Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs. Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.


Paste this over your washer and dryer Next time when you think things are bleak, read it again, kiss that washing machine and dryer, and give thanks. First thing each morning you should run and hug your washer and dryer, also your commode---those two-holers used to get mighty cold!

For you non-southerners - wrench means, rinse ;)

As I was reading this, red flags started waving madly in my mind. I wonder if it is safe for glutenophobes to use starch. I don't have an answer; I will have to look into it. When I find out, I will update this post.

P.S. Expect a wonderful recipe for GF Doughnuts soon...


Sadie said...

I speak as an Iowan-turned-Idahoan also. But I have never said it other than "wash". My mom (lifelong Iowan)tends to say it more like "woish", so I'm not sure if there is a true Iowan pronunciation!
I am oh so thankful for my washer/dryer!

Becky, slave of Christ said...

Me too! Thanks for stopping by Sadie!

Becky, slave of Christ said...

P.S. I can't even hardly get my mouth around "woish"!