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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sticks and Stones

Two girls face each other across the foggy battle field.

With silent acknowledgment, they raise their sticks swords.

"En guarde!" The blood thirsty yell could be heard echoing across the barren field. A challenge!

The clash of weapons rings out, filling the air! The challenge is met! The battle has been joined!

The girls circle each other, their swords grasped double fisted. Beating each other until their writs are numb with shock and their shoulders are aching with strain.

Finally, the younger girl starts to weaken. The elder sees her chance and moves in for the kill.

She draws her sword high above her head and swings it around, sticking the death stroke.

"Touche!" She yells!


My sisters and I used to play this game all the time. And I'm not sure how it started, but for the longest time, we thought that's what you were supposed to say when you 'struck' someone with a sword. Fencing style.

I can just see my mother laughing her ass off in the kitchen window now.

Because it would be hilarious watching kids poke each other with sticks of wood yelling, "TOUCHE!" At the top of our lungs.

Were there any fun word games you used to screw up as a kid?


mshatch said...

You know, this made me actually look up what touche means.

CD Coffelt said...

? That isn't what it means? To score a hit?

oh well. We'd yell a hearty "Olay" for just about anything. Not sure that was correct either.

We were confused about 'happynewyear' also. And yes, to us, it was one word.

Liz said...

No word games, but my fellow 6th graders thought we were the "clash" of mumblemumblemumble. I tried to explain, but they wouldn't hear of it, so our posters said "Clash of...".

Alicia Willette-Cook said...

Maybe I REALLY don't understand what touche means... ! Still!

Just looked it up again.

And am coming up with lots of different explanations. And one of them IS how we were using it as kids! Who knew! I thought it meant "good point" as in You know you'd have more money if you'd stop buying so much stuff. *touche*

Maybe it's a good point...good hit in fencing. Now I'm REALLY confused!

Angela Ackerman said...

Haha, I could NOT say spaghetti for the life of me. I always called it pasketti, lol!

Thanks for making me remember that!