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GONE WITH THE WIND
I'm being blinded by a sun-shadow! Sun-shadow, sun-shadow! The sky directly outside my window is a glazed-looking, pure shade of blue. There are clouds clipping by and each one is outlined in blinding white light. In addition, the sun keeps stabbing me in the eyes. Stab! Ow! I'm forced to pull the curtains to save my eyes, but the sun is still caressing the tops of my knuckles and warming my hands in the process.

It's windy as all get out today. I like that phrase: "all get out." Who came up with that, do you suppose? I wonder how long it's been in use and where it originated. Googling isn't helping much with the mystery, although I find that apparently you can use "all get out" with any adjective. "Lithe as all get out, depressed as all get out, cheerful as all get out, bloggy as all get out."

I could hear the rain and the wind this morning, pressing on the house, running little windy fingers under the eaves looking for a way in, shaking the windows in the frames, trying to push everything out of its way. "Out of my way, house!" said the wind, "I'm coming through!"

The wind is so windy it's making the trees and flagpoles zip back and forth, bendy jazzercizers. The flags outside the building are straight and flat, snapping their fingers in time with the wind's frenetic rhythm. The flags are flying backwards messages of "SIXA SIXA SIXA" and they look like they've got somewhere to go. They're trying desperately to go there with the wind, but they're tied to the flagpoles, stuck, fast.

The wind is trying to push cars off the roads. It's trying to lift you off your feet. It's determined to grab and take as much as it can carry with it. The lighter, the better. Better batten down your hatches before they fly away.* Make sure your children aren't light on their feet. Brace yourself!

*It's not easy to find good hatches these days.
 windblown
mood: windblown
music: The Association—Windy


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"I like that phrase: "all get out." Who came up with that, do you suppose? I wonder how long it's been in use and where it originated."

Sounds like a job for dbrus! hehe

Maybe she'll have better luck researching than I did with a 10-minute Google search. :)

all get out n. Something which is an extreme exemplar of a characteristic. It is always used in a comparison (e.g., ``He is as talkative as all get out'').

Mark Twain was the first to use "all git-out" in Huck Finn, 1884. I have no clue where Twain got it from, and now I am home without my print resources! I will definitely do some checking tomorrow. After all, I am in charge of that section of the library :)

Whee! hurray for you, Dawn! All my phrase-origin websites were worthless today.

"Windblown" is actually a mood? Heh!

It is in Skåne! :P

"I could hear the rain and the wind this morning, pressing on the house, running little windy fingers under the eaves looking for a way in, shaking the windows in the frames, trying to push everything out of its way. "Out of my way, house!" said the wind, "I'm coming through!""

I love this kind of descriptive phrasing.....Really good writing right here...

I sure wanted to stay IN BED when I was listening to it!

..with comforter pulled up to ears, or at least chin...

yeah, i think there is a big bad wolf outside trying to blow our house down! but we did not get the sun that you speak of, hmm, which way did it go?
btw, "as all get out" is a favorite phrase of mine, but i am sure i use it too often! fun for me anyway.

We have wind here today. It's what we'd call wild and wooly weather back in Australia. Do you have that saying?

I think your saying must be confined to the States as it's something I've never heard used. I can already see Sister Benignus's red pen out poised to slash through that phrase and write "See me after class" at the bottom of my essay :)

Sister Benignus? Is that an approved saint's name? :D

We say "wild and woolly" but not about the weather, I don't think.

You heathen!

You are doubting Sr Benignus's credentials? You are so going straight to hell, in the express lane!

Read this and weep!

And may God have mercy on your soul.

Re: You heathen!

Huh. Ya learn something new every day! :D Actually, I was curious if it was related to "Benedictus" because I know that the Swedish name Bengt is actually a shortened version of that. And there's no question I'm going straight to hell :P

Re: You heathen!

I had the dubious benefit of 12 years in an exclusive Catholic school, so I know my saints :)

There are several St Benedict - must have been a popular name. You can see them all at Catholic Online - one of my bookmarked favourite sites - NOT :)

"The wind is so windy..."

This turn of phrase pleases me. It is going on my list of top 5 things I want printed on a t-shirt.

Maybe I'll add "as all get out" as well.

Or just "The wind is windy as all get out"

:D

No sun here today.

These gale winds we have here, are rather creepy. When I'm home alone & it's grey & windy like today. My hair stands on the back of my neck since our front door whistles hauntingly.

I've heard/read the "all get out" phrase, but not certain if it's phrase my area would use.

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