Monday, August 23, 2010

My little black dress words

Every woman who ever reached anywhere to be interviewed in any article seems to have a little black dress which she says is the ONE element of her wardrobe she cannot do without. (Well, I have done without one for ages,) and anyways, it only really looked good on Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys and on no one who has fat knees.

But I do have that one all-purpose swiss-penknife little black dress WORD – or series of words. They fit in anywhere – consider:

LBD words # 1 : Next time, for sure.

Annoying clingy person: You said you’d call. You didn’t call. You were in the house next to mine, and you DIDN’t CALL!
Me : Oh ah ya. I didn’t call? Next time, for sure!

Ma : You forgot to post my letter again?
Me: Next time for sure.
Next time, Ma :You posted my letter?
Me: Next time, for SURE.

LBD # 2 : hehe

Really bad joke-telling person: So did you get it?
Me :(didn’t get it) : hehe.
Me : (got it but didn’t think it was funny) : hehe

Ira : You didn’t apply for your passport reissue yet?
Me : hehe.
Ira : hehe yes or hehe no?
(the problem with little black dress words is friends soon catch on!)

LBD # 3 : The kids did it!

Posh guest arriving at home: Ah, well, your house looks so – er – homely.
Me : It’s a mess, right? The kids did it!

S (from upstairs): What’s that noise down there?
Me : (dropped hot pan of milk) : Milk fell. Kids did it.
S : The kids are up here with me!

And sometimes, if the situation is really bad, I can use all 3 emergency LBD words at once… like…

Someone I don’t recognize : Hiiii Jane, you look just the same.
Me : hehe.
The someone : I still remember that portrait you said you’d paint of me.
Me : Next time, for sure.
The someone, suspiciously : You don’t know who I am, do you?
Me : hehe.
Someone : Don’t tell me you’ve lost your memory?
Me : The kids did it.


  1. Nail on the Head. Mine is "Positively!" when I am feeling just the opposite.

  2. Lalita KambhampatiAugust 25, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    Jane, LBDs are those little secrets that you should never ever reveal to anyone. But now that you have done it, make sure not to use it ever again. Now you need a completely new wardrobe of LBDs.

  3. hey i love the term "little lack dress words" - trust you to coin something so perfect! And I second lalita - time to shop Jandy!

  4. Hmmmmmmm so finally I am featured!!!!!!!! and that' not the only code I have decoded.. I have a ton to say on that but for now leave it.. your reply will anyway be HE HE!!!!