Monday, January 19, 2009


For those who knew Fred, he was wont to using amusing turns of phrase and odd use of words. If you remember any of these terms and can also describe their usage by him please add them to the comments here.


  1. Blower = Telephone. eg. "get Sal on the blower."

  2. From David Wellman:

    Puffed optic
    Watch it Lad

    are the two that come to mind.

    Rick thought of one - frachadise - it means the thing the doda is hooked to by the thingamagig..

  3. This isn't a 'Freddyism' so much as it is a great example of our father's love of clever & amusing language. He reminded me of this one last year.
    "Upon being offered more, the dinner guest replied 'Thank you, no. My gastronomic satiety admonishes me that I have reached the ultimate state of deglutition consistent with dietetic integrity'."

  4. Posted for Dan Riedinger

    The Richards have been good family friends for more than 25 years, having been next-door neighbors for a spell in 1969. Fred and Sally were my first employers (still one of the best jobs I've ever had), always hiring a handful of local kids to work in Sally's lab, help out on Faulkner's Island or build Little Harbor's floating tire breakwater.

    Whenever a task went particularly well, Fred would lean back and say, "Just like New York."

    Another expression he'd utter before setting me to a task that threatened to break my back: "Make like Man Mountain Dean and give that thing a heave." As a young teenager, I'd thought the expression was "Mad Mountain Dean," so I always adopted red-faced grimace until the job was done.

  5. I am not sure of the context but I remember this one from numerous times of exclamation:
    "Finer than a gnat's eyelash"


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