Wild Word Friday!
When my family first moved to our little town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, some of the phrases and words used by local folks weren’t familiar to us. One of these phrases was MAKING STRANGE. When you were introduced to a baby for the first (or fifth) time and he began to wail, his mama would invariably say, “Oh, he’s just MAKING STRANGE.”
I was discussing this phrase with a friend of mine who was raised in Connecticut. She mentioned that she, too, had never heard that phrase before she moved to the U.P. I was curious about what Connecticut folks said when their babies were MAKING STRANGE. So I asked her.
My friend thought for a moment and then told me, “We said, ‘The baby’s crying because he’s afraid of you.’”
Okay. Right. I guess that makes sense, too!
Q4U: Have you ever head the phrase, MAKING STRANGE? Is it used in your ‘neck of the woods?’