Celebrate: Oodles Of Caboodles

Ah, I knew that would grab your attention! I love interesting words/phrases, and OODLES OF CABOODLES is one of my favourites! Another one that I use a lot is OOMPH! Whenever my choir kiddies sing in a lacklustre manner, then my famous question is: You need to sing with———- and the unison response will be—–                                   OOMPH!

I also love the word INCANDESCENT and JE NE SAIS QUOI is a beauty – it rolls off the tongue and caresses the ear….

So today I'm celebrating funky words/phrases. 

This weekly hop is hosted by Viklit over at Scribblings Of An Aspiring Author.


This week I'm also celebrating the following:

~ Writing: I'm still plodding along… but I started work on a piece for a new bloghop called Write… Edit… Publish (see details below)

~Reading: I read a short contemporary romance with a splash of sci-fi (it's the beginning of a series) plus a collection of 7 contemporary stories which revolve around human relationships.

~Old-fashioned stove-top cooking method. I've been making Jungle Oats porridge in the mornings. Not the "instant-synthetic-tasting-sachet-version" that takes 1 minute to make… just add boiling water and stir! This is the one you make from scratch. You can't beat that authentic taste…

~I signed up for a monthly bloghop over at Write… Edit… Publish. where you are welcome to submit any of the following – flash fiction, poetry, non-fiction, playscripts to a word count of 1,000 words OR artwork and photographs accompanied by your written inspiration in creating your works. There's something to suit every taste! Go and check it out!                                           

~And don't forget the Anti-Blogfest Gary Fest.It's the shortest blogfest I've heard of. You only have to post 3 titles with a short explanation of each. Three lines? Easy peasy! Okay, a little imagination is required for this but you get to be as CRAZY as you want to! Go HERE for more details.                                                              

So what have you been up to? Do you have a favourite word/phrase that you use constantly? Please share in the comment section… and enjoy your weekend!


  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh on August 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I like plethora because it's so unique.

    Read about Denise's new group yesterday. Very awesome.

    And Garyfest will rock!

    • Michelle Wallace on August 4, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Plethora? It's an interesting-sounding word, so naturally, I googled it to find out its origin… it comes from the Greeks. Can't wait for the Gary Fest!

  2. Medeia Sharif on August 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I have so many favorite words. I do like je ne sais quoi.


    You've been busy. I look forward to seeing all this blog activity. 

    • Michelle Wallace on August 4, 2013 at 9:24 am

      I love words that come from the French… like "bon chic bon genre" which literally means good style good breeding (preppy)

  3. Beverly Fox on August 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I love funky words and phrases- especially the ones no one has heard of.  I had an argument with boy over the word flibbertigibbet (one of my faves).  The argument consisted of him saying that it wasn't a word, me saying that it most certainly is, and a great one at that and then pulling out my dictionary app to show him.

    I'm signed up for both Write…Edit…Publish and Gary's blog hop.  Should be fun.

    Congrats on all the reading and writing!

    • Michelle Wallace on August 4, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Now flibbertigibbet is a mouthful! LOL But a nice, fun word. I look forward to connecting with you again on the Write…Edit…Publish bloghop circuit.

  4. Jennifer S. Pitts on August 2, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I've loved the word obtuse every since I heard Andy Dufresne use it in Shawshank. I've also 86'd the instant oatmeal in favor of the real stuff; mmm, mmm, good!

    Both blogfests look like fun!

    • Michelle Wallace on August 4, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Shawshank is my all-time fave movie (bearing in mind that there are only about 5 movies that really captured my attention…) Obtuse always makes me think of the geometrical angle. Back in the day, geometry was my least favourite part of maths. LOL

  5. Carol Kilgore on August 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I have a lot of favorite words. One is serendipity.

    • Michelle Wallace on August 4, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Ah, yes… lovely concept! A "happy accident" is always welcome, isn't it? 🙂

  6. Krystal on August 3, 2013 at 2:48 am

    The anti-blogfest sounds like fun. Lol!

    I love big words. My favorites are onamatapoeia and noxious. ^_^

    • Michelle Wallace on August 4, 2013 at 9:41 am

      It's amazing, but the word noxious actually sounds unpleasant! Like an ewww or yucky moment! I can remember in high school, how we struggled with the spelling of onomatopoeia…

  7. Bames on August 3, 2013 at 5:11 am

    I like the word evanescent though I have no idea why 🙂 

    Congratulations on a great week and I hope you have a great one ahead

    • Michelle Wallace on August 4, 2013 at 9:44 am

      It is a beautiful sounding word…  🙂 I always say that words have feel, shape, texture…

  8. Viklit on August 3, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Writing and reading and bloghops! Excellent celebrations 😉

  9. Rachel Morgan on August 3, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Mmm, Jungle Oats porridge … getting hungry just thinking about it! Maybe I'll make some tomorrow morning for breakfast 🙂

    Fave word or phrase … Well, I write the word "just" a lot, so I guess I'm a fan of that word!

    • Michelle Wallace on August 4, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Jungle Oats provides a good start to the winter morning! 🙂 Ah, don't we all have a word that we over use?

  10. PK Hrezo on August 3, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I love your choices. I use those all the time too. As well as C'est la vie! It's a catch all phrase. 😉

    You're busy busy! Good for you! My blogging has been way off this summer with the kids home and mass revisions. I do miss it. 

    Have  fab weekend!!

    • Michelle Wallace on August 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

      C'est La Vie is a great word! One of the classics…                                                       Remember that song C'est La Vie, that's just the way it goes… I think it was by Robbie Nevill? I'm trying to keep busy with lots of different writing projects, and have to fit in reading as well…

  11. Gary, the anti-blogfest spokesman on August 3, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    Dr. Suess is on the loose, in a caboose, with a goose and a moose, getting footloose..

    Yes, I also like your choices, a certain pizazz about them.  

    I celebrate your celebrations and good for you in keeping busy..

    Before I go, arggghhhhh!  Blogfests, blog hops, alphabet challenges!  Yuck!!  And that last anti-blogfest is the ultimate in irony.   A peaceful weekend to you.

    Gary 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on August 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Gary, I LOOOOOOOOVE Dr. Seuss. What a clever man. The only irony is that you ARE the blogfest! And there's nothing you can do about it! Hahahaha!  🙂

  12. Lara Lacombe on August 4, 2013 at 1:57 am

    I like the word syncopy, mostly because I think it's fun to say. 🙂

    Sounds like a fun blog hop!

    What in the world is Jungle Oats porridge?  Is it like steel-cut oatmeal?

    • Michelle Wallace on August 4, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Syncopy? I know of syncopation. Are they related? I'm off to google———- I think Jungle Oats may be similar to steel-cut oatmeal… not too sure. I know that it's made of malted sorghum.

  13. Nancy LaRonda Johnson on August 4, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Fudruckers! and Shakazulu! are my favorite explitives. Sheeshameesh is my third not so explitive explitive. 🙂 Yes, there's a lot happening around these parts, that's for sure! Sheeshameesh! 

    • Michelle Wallace on August 4, 2013 at 10:14 am

      LOL. Is fudrucker a real word? And you do know who Shaka Zulu is? 🙂 I like the sound of sheeshameesh… can I borrow it? Tomorrow I'm going to use as my new word, when the singing is not up to scratch!

  14. Lexa Cain on August 4, 2013 at 5:38 am

    I love your unusual words and phrases — and the other commenters' too. If I have any, they're unintentionally funny because they're so out-of-date, like "Holy cow!" and "Neat-o!" (So embarrassing.)

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. There's no secret to the small progress I make. I still haven't started Ch 2. I'm determined to start it today though…so maybe that's the secret: know what you have to do and be determined to do it. (Easier said than done.)

  15. Michelle Wallace on August 4, 2013 at 10:17 am

    You should try "Holy Schmoly Guacamole"! It has a certain ring! Know what you have to do and be determined to do it – absolutely spot on Lexa! 🙂

  16. Annalisa Crawford on August 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I use the word oomph quite a lot, especially when I'm lacking it 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on August 6, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Lacking oomph and your productivity… ?…somehow it doesn't gel… 🙂  Well, hopefully the "oomph mantra" works for you?

  17. Milo James Fowler on August 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    OOMPH there it is! This new bloghop sounds like a good one; might have to take a gander…

    • Michelle Wallace on August 6, 2013 at 8:40 am

      For me, the looming deadlines in the bloghop provide a great motivator… 🙂

  18. shell flower on August 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Oooh, I love fun and funky words. Some of my favorites are lackluster, forlorn, and extricate. I love to throw these kinds of words into normal conversation and see people's reaction.My boyfriend and I have a made up language of all kinds of crazy words, many of them partially french. LOL. We are so weird. Great to hear you are reading and writing a lot. Keep up the good work!

    • Michelle Wallace on August 6, 2013 at 8:42 am

      That sounds like a fun exercise, Shell. Hey, maybe you could create a whole new world with its own unique language… that story might just be the next big thing!

  19. Trisha on August 5, 2013 at 1:09 am

    I'm signed up for the Write … Edit … thingy as well, but I haven't even thought about what I'm going to post for it. Oops!

    • Michelle Wallace on August 6, 2013 at 8:45 am

      I'm thinking of trying different types of pieces for this bloghop, stretch the writing muscles a bit… not too sure about the finer details yet… we'll see…

  20. Crystal Collier on August 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Oh, I have so many unique words that I love, but my hubby is always trying to get me to use "abscond" and I can't get over making up my own–ones that are unique but really express a feel or idea every human relates to.

    Sounds like you've got a busy online life going. Me? I'm sitting back, reading over a couple thousand words, and letting them stew before giving feedback. 😉


    • Michelle Wallace on August 6, 2013 at 8:47 am

      OMG! I hope those "couple thousand words" don't give you a headache… or even worse, nightmares… 🙂 Enjoy the chaos!

  21. Julie Flanders on August 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I also love incandescent and can't even say why. Oodles of caboodles is the best. 🙂

    The Gary fest totally cracks me up LOL.

    • Michelle Wallace on August 6, 2013 at 8:48 am

      I think it's the sound of the words… very pleasing on the ear… 🙂

  22. Suze on August 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Cooking from scratch is not easy when there are so many quickie options but it's really satisfying. 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on August 6, 2013 at 8:52 am

      … and in all honesty, the "quickie options" do become meaningless and often doesn't make the grade, as in "been there, tasted that, so what"… and I find myself gravitating towards the home made option… it never disappoints!

  23. Celeste Holloway on August 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I love oodles of caboodles!!!! 🙂

  24. The Desert Rocks on August 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Oomph is sooo cool. So is Gary at Klahanie. I had a post about my favorite word about a month ago. It's excrutiatingly. The word almost sounds painful. I love it.

    • Michelle Wallace on August 6, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Ouch! 🙂 It does. And Gary is the best. Such a supportive guy…

  25. Morgan Shamy on August 6, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Yaaaaay… thanks for mentioning the Garyfest! It's going to be so funny… 😀 

  26. Mina B. on August 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I'm liking the GaryFest & the Write, Edit, Publish blog hop,  Sounds cool.  I need to check it out.  Totally agree about JE NE SAIS QUOI.  Had to copy & paste it too or else I would have butchered it when I commented it. :).  

    • Michelle Wallace on August 8, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Hey Mina! Great to hear from you. Don't be a stranger, you hear? 🙂 And yes, check out Write… Edit… Publish… it's a great writing bloghop, and you only need to post once a month.

  27. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne on August 9, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I like the interesting words, Michele! They keep you from getting the doldrums and they make you smile when you read them.

    Happy weekend.

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