Bob Wyer?

barbed-wire-fenceI was crossing through a fence the other day and it occurred to me that I have never heard that fence referred to by it’s proper name. Ever. In fact, if someone tried to enunciate “barbed wire” I’d probably giggle. They have always been bob wyer fences. The “wyer” makes sense because we love to throw extra syllables into words but I’m not sure how “barbed” got shortened to “bob”.

You can actually test the ability of a man to be a good husband by simply passing through a bob wyer fence with him. If he holds up the top strand of wire for you then you have a keeper. If not you better just leave that redneck in the woods. A real gentleman always holdsย up the top strand of wire for his sweetheart to pass through less she catch her clothing on one of those barbs.

Granted, if you are passing through a bob wyer fence you are most likely trespassing. These fences usually mark property boundaries and keep in the livestock but cutting through the woods is a whole lot faster than following the road.

It’s funny that it took me 43 years to notice how we were abusing the words “barbed wire”. Not too surprising though since I was in my 30’s the first time I figured out that the word “surprise” has an “r” before the “p”. Who says sur-prise? No one that I know.

11 thoughts on “Bob Wyer?

      1. KG

        You won’t be when you actually hear it and can’t understand half of what we say, because it sounds like exactly how it’s written ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. Siddharth Singh

        We as Indians, tend to over-pronounce everything, you should hear some of us talking, watch The Big Bang Theory and hear Rajesh Kuthrapally talking, the Indian accent is portrayed mostly accurately. You can blame it on our script probably, we have no silent words, our letters are derived from the sound they make (Ex: In English, the letter ‘C’ can make different sounds in ‘City’ and ‘Canteen’, we have a distinct letter for the sound for the ‘C’ in city and another for the ‘C’ in canteen), so in English a word might have multiple pronunciations but in Hindi, what you read is how you say it.

        The more you know… ๐Ÿ™‚


      3. snoogiefisk Post author

        The English language is a bit absurd. I guess we all abuse it in our own way according to our geographic location.
        Rajesh and Sofia Vergara should do a comedy tour. It would be hilarious to watch the two of them abuse the English language.

  1. TheTabletGuy

    I originate from the South, and there are some funny sayings down there! Things we don’t really know how to spell or properly use in a sentence…but they are essential to our language and everybody knows them.

    Good post! I, too, call this fence by it’s colloquial name. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. snoogiefisk Post author

      I wonder how many we use without thinking? My sister in-law is from Long Island so things tend to come out in conversations. The funniest was the time we were talking about making monkey bread. She freaked out…..thought we were really going to make bread with monkey meat in it.

      1. TheTabletGuy

        Monkey bread! Oh goodness the heaven’s cannot describe such melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. I have not thought about that in….a long time.

        Time to bake!

  2. Almost Iowa

    Minnesotans twist a barb into their vowels to make them sharper – but no one says barbed-wire anymore because no one around here knows what it is unless they read a history book. It is all industrial grain farming in these parts and wire catches on equipment, so the last of it vanished years ago.


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