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On a lark I registered wriashorstorwe.org last night, and I am in the process of setting it up. Yes, I realize I am the last man in America to still say "on a lark."

If you are chomping at the bit to post a link to the first installment of your story, you can do so in this thread. But I'd suggest you wait until writashorstorwe.org is active, where you can do it with trackbacks and all that other fancy hoohaw. It should be live this evening. Yes, I realize I am the last man in America to still say "chomping at the bit."

Update: Needs some work, but wriashorstorwe.org is online.

Posted on October 31, 2005 to WriAShorStorWe


Took me a minute to figure out, but I think The Squirrelly makes an excellent King Kong.

Kute Kustumes!

Posted by: SmartAss on October 31, 2005 9:00 AM

How brilliant is that costume below? And we thought our Halloween idea of drawing a unibrow on our baby and calling her Frida Kahlo was clever.

I'll try WriAShorStorWe!

Posted by: miel on October 31, 2005 9:20 AM

As a side note: I say "on a lark" all the time. Why, just yesterday someone asked why I ran a red light and I said, "It was on a lark." I still got the ticket, though, so it's not a terribly helpful phrase.

Posted by: Thenomain on October 31, 2005 9:23 AM

You do realise that this is going to mutate and grow *wildly* out of control until vast shards of your sanity have fallen into the dust?

I bet you say "nineteen to the dozen" as well.

Posted by: pollo! on October 31, 2005 9:28 AM

The cliche is actually "champing" at the bit, as a horse does.

Posted by: George W. Bush on October 31, 2005 9:31 AM

My husband uses these phrases all the time, of course he also says things like "I'm gonna call shenanigans on them!"

Posted by: dunyasha on October 31, 2005 10:30 AM

Fabulous idea, Matthew. One quick observation -- you're link, above, is broken -- when I removed the "t", I think I found your site:


I'm sending all my readers to you! Thanks!


Posted by: Chookooloonks on October 31, 2005 10:31 AM

I got a clue about how many old fashioned expressions I use when my son told me he knew he should, "get crackin'" on his homework.

Lovely costumes! Thought I had early trick or treaters this morning, but it was only women offering me a copy of, "The Watchtower." Scary!

Posted by: anita on October 31, 2005 10:40 AM

but how many men still say 'hoohaw'? Not enough, that's for certain.

Posted by: LizRM on October 31, 2005 11:33 AM

Not to nitpick, but shouldn't it be nashorstorwriwe?

Posted by: bt on October 31, 2005 3:40 PM

Best baby halloween costume ever. He's a gorgeous kid too.

Posted by: Puggie on November 1, 2005 1:11 AM

Dude! It is "hoohah", not "hoohaw"! "Hoohaw" is probably the short-lived sequel to "heehaw", and thus has a more donkey-like bray at the end of the word. The "h" at the end of "hoohah" reflects the relaxed mouth tone required to effectively use this word. This will properly channel the concept of a mild amount of excitement, usually watched from a distance (ideally, from a front porch with a beat-up recliner on it). If possible, drink a mint julep or 9 before using this word.

Posted by: JPed on November 1, 2005 7:54 AM

Have you heard of this?

Posted by: bob on November 1, 2005 11:38 AM

I used to say "On a lark," but then realized:
A lark is a bird.
Birds have the avian flu.
If I did something on a bird with the flu, I could be contaminated.

Currently living in isolation.

Posted by: Craig on November 2, 2005 8:32 PM

Ok, so unrelated and a little bit weird: I'm pretty sure I saw you at lunch today at I (heart) sushi. I was too busy being stranged out by the fact that I recognized someone from their website to even begin to figure out how one goes about saying hello. So hello.

Posted by: samantha on November 4, 2005 8:43 PM