Once again, Linda G. Hill has given us a pair of homophones for our Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. This time the homophones are “chew” and “choo.”
The first thing that came to my mind was when I was a kid and my mother used to admonish me if I didn’t chew my food 32 times before swallowing it. She would actually count how many chews I had made to make sure I chewed it 32 times. Seriously, have you ever tried to chew each morsel of food you put in your mouth 32 times? That’s nuts. What did she think I was, a cow chewing my cud?And what the fuck is “cud,” anyway? Okay, I Googled it and cud is a portion of chewed food that returns from a cow’s stomach to its mouth to be chewed for the second time. Gross. That almost makes me wants to become a vegetarian, for crissake.
Now when it comes to choo, two things came to mind. First, the second part of the sound you make when you sneeze, as in “ah choo!”Second, it’s also what many young kids were taught by their parents was the sound a train makes.But then I learned something I didn’t know. My wife informed me that Choo is the last name of a London-based Malaysian fashion designer best known for the Jimmy Choo brand of handmade (and my wife tells me, very expensive) women’s shoes.Who knew?