Kiss and Make Up Day, Whiskey Sour Day, Banana Split Day

★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
August, 25, 2013

Chicago Botanical Gardens

★~ Today’s Quote: “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ― Apple Inc.

★~ Kiss and Make Up Day:

kiss and make up

Kiss and Make Up Day is a great way to end a spat. We all have fights with our nearest and dearest now and again; today it’s time to see if a big ol’ smooch doesn’t stop the argument from reaching epic proportions. A kiss shows you care, that you won’t stay mad, and most importantly, it shuts you both up for a second.

★~ Whiskey Sour Day:

whiskey sour

A sour is not so much a drink as it is a concept. Lemon or lime juice, almost any liquor, and sugar—in proper proportion—form a Sour. Don’t even think about using a packaged mix for this cocktail. A simple but magical blend, the Sour was first made with brandy in the middle of the 19th century. Bartenders have flirted with and still have their occasional flings with numerous other base alcohols, but whiskey was the liquor of choice by the end of the 19th century, with rye on equal footing with bourbon. Bourbon is still favored by many, but blended whiskeys and Scotch have jockeyed for position. Add a dash of grenadine to a Whiskey Sour, and you have the sophisticated Ward Eight.

Here is a foolproof rule of thumb for making a perfect Sour every time: Mix 2 ounces of your chosen spirit with 1 teaspoon sugar and 3/4 ounce lemon or lime juice (the “sour” flavor), and shake with cracked ice. Substitute lime juice for lemon in a Scotch Sour. Shake a Sour well for a truly frothy drink, and serve it straight up in a cocktail glass, over the rocks in a hefty Old Fashioned glass, or in a Sour glass. Garnish with any assortment of seasonally fresh fruit.

El Morno Trivia: The Whiskey Sour was El Morno friend, Debbie’s, first legal drink. Cheers Debbie!

★~ Banana Split Day:

Today is one of the happiest days of the year for children and adults alike. Why? It’s Banana Split Day of course. Perhaps as American as apple pie, the banana split dates back to 1904 and originally cost $.10

There’s a banana split for everyone (well, everyone who likes ice cream and bananas.)

Let’s break it down:

Ice Cream: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry – but nobody will fault you from going the path of coffee, mint chocolate chip myriad other choices!

Sauces: Hot Fudge, Pineapple, Caramel, Marshmallow, Butterscotch, Dulche, Strawberry Perserves

Garnish: Peanuts, Pistachios, Whipped Cream, Cherries, Crushed Graham Crackers, Pecans, Grated Chocolate, Chocolate Chips

The Banana: Yes, even the banana presents us with options. Grilled, caramelized, sliced lengthwise, diced

…and finally the presentation. In a cone, in a dish, in a boat as a pie.

Salute Banana Split day with an ice cream social in your mouth (and a wee bit of brain freeze).

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1940 – Arno Rudolphi and Ann Hayward were suspended in parachutes — while married at the World’s Fair in New York City. The minister, best man, maid of honor and four musicians were also in parachutes!

♥~ 1964 – The Beatles received a gold record for their hit single A Hard Day’s Night. It was their third gold record; they would collect 18 more through 1970.

♥~ 1970 – Elton John made his first live American appearance in Los Angeles, opening for singer David Ackles.

♥~ 1979 – “Ooh, my little pretty one, my pretty one; When you gonna give me some time, Sharona.”  My Sharona, by The Knack, hit #1 on the Hot 100. It was a solid #1 for six straight weeks.

♥~1984 – The Cabbage Patch Kids and Trivial Pursuit were replaced by the latest fad toys: robotic action figures that fought galactic battles.

♥~ 2001 – Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon, a single mother and former waitress, married Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon in Oslo. The couple lives in Oslo with Mette-Marit’s son Marius. They were called Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby.


★~Born Today:


♥~ 1819 – Allan Pinkerton first private detective;  Allan created the first private detective agency in 1850; making him the first private eye. Abraham Lincoln hired him as the first Secret Service officer. He foiled the first attempt on Abraham Lincoln’s life. Mr. Pinkerton hired others to help him in his detective agency. They were called Pinkertons, known for spying for the Union during the Civil War. Later, they were employed as scabs (where they were called Pinks — possibly the origin of the slang word, fink) during labor strikes and were active in suppressing labor disputes.

♥~ 1918 – Leonard Bernstein conductor: New York Philharmonic Orchestra; composer: West Side Story, On the Town, My Sister Eileen, On the Waterfront , Jeremiah, The Age of Anxiety, Kaddish, Chichester Psalms, Mass, Songfest; died Oct 14, 1990

♥~ 1930 – Sir Sean Connery Academy Award-winning actor: The Untouchables [1987]; The Rock, First Knight, The Hunt for Red October, Highlander, Rising Sun, Outland, The Longest Day, Dragonheart,Entrapment; “Bond. James Bond.”: Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds are Forever

♥~ 1933 – Tom Skerritt Emmy Award-winning actor: Picket Fences [1992-93]; Steel Magnolias, A River Runs Through It, M*A*S*H, The Turning Point, Top Gun, Alien

♥~ 1955 – Elvis Costello, (Declan McManus), singer, songwriter,

♥~ 1961 – Billy Ray Cyrus singer: Achy Breaky Heart

♥~ 1968- Rachael Ray TV chef/host: 30 Minute Meals, Inside Dish with Rachael Ray, $40 a Day, Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels

★~ Good to Know:  Using Our Words


♥~ Terrific:  The root word here is the Latin terrere, which means terror. Originally, if your aunt’s cooking was terrific, you called it that because eating it stuck terror to your heart.  In the early 1800s, people began to use it facetiously, “That opera was a terrific bore!” That morphed into a meaning closer to huge or grand, and by the late 1800s it was being used as it is today, to mean good and happy. (Awful took the opposite journey, initially meaning “awe-inspiring” and worthy of fearful respect. Eventually, it came to mean so bad it’s worthy of awe. Just … awful.)

♥~ Swell:  To swell: To grow larger. To be big, inflated. Then that became a noun to describe someone who was big and inflated, an important person. (Watch enough old Twilight Zone episodes and you will eventually hear some big shot referred to as a “Swell.”) Then it made the easy leap to “That’s really swell!” A big deal, exciting, and important.

♥~ Hunky Dory:  More then likely this expression started with the word  hunky which came from hunkey, which meant  fit and healthy’. ‘Hunkey’ was in use in the USA by 1861, when it was used in the title of the Civil War song A Hunkey Boy Is Yankee Doodle. ‘Hunkum-bunkum’ is first recorded in the US sporting newspaper The Spirit of The Times, November 1842.. Nobody’s sure where, why or when Dory was added.

♥~ Spiffy: In the mid-19th century, a spiff was a pay bonus that stores would give their salesmen for moving undesirable products. If you sold an ugly suit, you got spiffed. There was also spiflicate, which was an even older word meaning “to confound, completely overcome.” So you’d spiflicate some poor shlub into buying an ugly tie and then get a spiff, which you could then put toward getting all spiffed up yourself to take your girl out. Spiffy.

♥~ Jolly:   The French jolie,means, “festive, merry, amorous, pretty.” Jolly is also a  Christmas-y word , so many historians believe it could also come from variations of jol in Germanic languages. The Germanic jol means “yule,” which in turn means “Christmas.”

♥~ Tickety-Boo: (one of my favorite words)  Tickety-Boo, is the happiest of British slang. An upper-class, early-20th-century British-ism for “everything is just fine,” tickety-boo most likely came from the Hindustani ṭhīk hai (“all right, sir”), which is what your Indian servant might say to you when you told him to bring ’round the Bentley. Rear Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India, popularized the term in the 1940s, and it became regular slang among the Royal Navy.

♥~ Gnarly: Gnarly comes from surfer slang of the 1960s, to describe a wave that was difficult, dangerous, and awesome. The water in the wave would literally appear gnarled, curled, and messy. If you could ride it, well, gnarly, dude.


I’m easily amused, I hope you are too!


Hope your day is Tickety-Boo! Do you have anything fun planned?

Odd Loves Company!



P.S. Comments have been acting a little Odd. I think the problem is fixed but if your comment does disappear I will fix it!

19 thoughts on “Kiss and Make Up Day, Whiskey Sour Day, Banana Split Day

  1. Morno,
    I’m taking the family out to dinner tonight, maybe I can talk everyone into banana splits of dessert.
    Golf early this morning and then home to complete a few chores I started last weekend.
    Have a hunky dory day.

    • Did you have Banana Splits for dessert? Sounded like it would be a fun evening.
      The day was hunky dory in a gnarly sort of way, but it all worked out swell.

      (Odd has been Odd the last couple days–El Morno back tomorrow as promised)

  2. Good Morno,
    I’ll toast my vacation with a Whiskey sour, one of my favorite drinks. I’ve had a great two weeks off, but I’m ready to go back to work. We got a lot of stuff down around here this week. I should have a new bathroom in a few days and I picked out everything for the kitchen. Not being home for all the work will be great. I am close enough to check in and come home if a problem or questions comes up.
    Love the words. I had no idea about most of them. I may play kissie face later today but I’m hopefully no “make-up” will be involved.
    Home from church and now I have to head to the store to fill the fridge.
    Have swell day.

    • Sounds like you accomplished a lot and had fun on your vaca.
      And now are looking forward to a little rhythm and routine! Cole starts school next week and while I will miss him, I feel the same way.
      Would love to see pictures of your remold. If you are inclined to share…

  3. El Morno,
    Kiss and make-up? Mmmm my DH might get lucky if I decide not to kill him which is doubtful.
    Have not had a whiskey sour since college. We don’t drink a lot of mixed drinks (mostly wine and beer). But I remember it was a tasty adult beverage.
    Not much happening today beside changing the sheets and getting ready for the school week. Still trying to figure out the routine. We are going camping over Labor day so I also need to check on some of our gear.
    Fun to find out about the words. I was amused.
    Hope you day is Tickety-Boo!

    • Did you kill him or kiss him? Inquiring minds want to know!
      My day was pretty Tickety-Boo!! Thank you.

  4. Thanks for remembering about my first adult drink, Kb! When I read that, I could almost taste it again–thanks for including the recipe, too.
    Interesting words. Funny that you never hear anybody say something is “tickety-boo” here, when that’s such a cool expression.
    Gotta love the Apple quote!
    Nothing too interesting on the plate for today — already walked Triple-D, so I’m staying out of the hot sun this afternoon.

    • Perhaps you can be a tickety boo trend setter in your neck of the woods.
      It is hot! But it’s been such a mild summer that I’m finding it hard to complain and just staying close to the AC. I bet Dallas is lounging in front of the A/C vents. 😀

  5. I have to remember to read these at the BEGINNING of the day. LOVED whiskey sours when I was in college…do not think I’ve had one since. Should. Also love banana splits. Actually anything with icecream. Hmmm….I feel a need to go out and get something.

    Safe travels…

    • We did not go on our road trip. At the last minute we had to take the Bug to see a guy who could fit the Bug into his schedule (look for a blog post 😀 ) We are planning a do-over very soon, tho!
      Hope you had your banana split if but if not, we can celebrate all week!

  6. don’t believe i ever had a whiskey sour. have had banana splits though!
    tickety-boo i have never heard of. the rest of today’s word wall words i have used. well, maybe not gnarly. timely lesson just as school begins!
    always preferred sean connery as 007. i do like daniel craig.
    low key day today. gearing up for monday!
    good evening!

    • Go Irene! But not after a kid, please.
      I like Sean Connery. Tickety Boo is a fun word and I think it sums up, feeling good, nicely

    • See below—Odd is possessed. Pictures on older posts are also MIA. This morno I could not post. I’m told it is being worked on. I hope so because I can get very gnarly when Odd is broke…and not in a good way.

  7. I feel a little spliflicated after reading el Morno this evening!

    So was it the Transformers that came after Cabbage Patch and Trivial Pursuit? Cause I never heard of a toy named after Norwegian royalty. Or were you just testing our reading proficiency?

    Being Canadian (commonwealth country) I will admit I let slip a tickety boo from time to time here in Chicagoland. I often get some giggles. I rarely say hunky dory as I would be more inclined to say, Bob’s your uncle, which is the British (commonwealth) equivalent of hunky dory. Not sure if that’s the case in Australia also. I’m always duly impressed here in the States if I get the proper comeback – “and Fanny’s your aunt.”

    • Odd has been possessed. I have no idea why, but I hope it is being fixed because I am so not amused. :-/
      A friend of my Mom’s from Canada passed on tickety boo and I have used it ever since. One of my favorite words.
      And now I will start to say, Bob’s your uncle.

    • PS: Just wrote on FB: Bob’s Your Uncle (anybody know the correct response?) Antoinette Caligiuri Galioto? (she is my Aussie pal)

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