Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Heavens to Murgatroyd! – Wordplay Wednesday™ 09/12/18

When #&*%$# Just Won’t Do 

And we’re back for another Wordplay Wednesday RETRO style! This week’s word rags on your memory sticks from the 1960s, as we explore fun and fascinating phrases from yesteryear.

Television shows and movies have inserted many fresh, fashionable, and fabulously zany new words and phrases into our collective vocabulary since the early 20th century.

The 1960s were especially prolific with slang and silly terms, like “Don’t go ape” (Don’t have a hissy fit!”), “Sock it to me,” popularized by Judy Carne on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, and "You've come a long way, baby!"*—a cigarette ad targeting women that endured to eschew cigarettes, and came to mean SO much more. (*Created by Leo Burnett Agency)
But whenever we found ourselves in a pickle, we often mimicked a certain crazy pink mountain lion from TV …

HEAVENS TO MURGATROYD! “… is American in origin and dates from the mid-20th century. The expression was popularized by the cartoon character Snagglepuss – a regular on the Yogi Bear Show in the 1960s …” [WW / RETRO #181]
Dictionary definition: Well, there isn’t one. But it was just too much fun to pass up. Snagglepuss also gave us “Exit, stage left,” and “Heavens to Betsy!”

There doesn’t seem to be a specific origin to the phrase, other than Snagglepuss’s uh-oh look at the camera, declaring Heavens to Murgatroyd! as he peddles his feet to escape imminent cartoon disaster.

When you’re feeling blue and need an attitude adjustment, think about your predicament and say out loud, “Well, Heavens to Murgatroyd! Now What?!” Bet you’ll come up with a smile and a plan.

Word Challenge: HEAVENS TO MURGATROYD! While those with the surname may not enjoy the silly phrase as much as the rest of us, hopefully they’ve learned to go with the flow. Laughing at ourselves is the best bad mood-buster of all, as you fit Heavens to Murgatroyd! into your week of goofy writings.  

Learning knows no prejudices or boundaries, and it isn’t fattening! Expanding your mind is a no-cost, simple joy. Do you feel that way too? What’s your inspiration? Share your creative genius and Wordplay Wednesday comments below. 

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle)   


LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her Blast from Your Past series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon, … The Psychedelic Seventies!


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