“Tide me over,” they say. Learn how, here!

Am I the only person that thinks the English language is funny? I’m sure that I’m not. So maybe you can explain why I suddenly couldn’t get the word “tide,” out of my mind. I think it is because of our daughter, who, as I write this post, is on her way home from a vacation to the state of Maine.English language tide 2

What does Maine have to do with this word being stuck in my mind? What surprised me most about this state was the range of its tides. I remember staying near the ocean and waking to find a huge area of muddy, bare, puddled land that just the night before was a roaring sea of salt water. I soon learned that residents and visitors who depend on the water must take a careful look at the local tide charts, even when planning a day of sailing or even a day spent on the beach. A boater could find his boat resting on dry land and beach chairs and surf boards could be swept away by rising sea waters. Now that’s certainly a different way of life from the one we “landlocked lubbers” lead, wouldn’t you say so?

boats on dry land? Just wait until the tide comes in.

Boats on dry land? Just wait until the tide comes in.

We could talk about the gravitational attraction of the moon, because the combined gravitational forces of the moon and sun cause the oceans to rise and fall. However, we’ll pass by this discussion which I don’t fully understand. But this I do know, Tidal ranges along the Maine coast are from nine feet in the south to 19 feet in the towns near Canada. The farther south you go, like to New Jersey, the tide changes are not as noticeable and when you get to the Caribbean the difference is minimal. If you’ve never seen the range of the tide in Maine, when you do, you’ll remember it. That’s what I think of when I hear talk about the state of Maine. Maybe writing about it will get the word out of my mind. But I’m not finished with it, yet.English language tide 11

I remember my mother using the expression “tide me over.” When one of us kids would say, “I’m hungry.” She’d reply: “Eat a cracker and that will tide you over until dinner.” In this case, tide over is a transitive verb which means to surmount or endure a difficulty as in “money to tide you over during an emergency.” As I said the English language is funny. And when something is “tiding you over” you are, in a sense, being temporarily lifted or enabled to float over an emergency. Those crackers surely did work that way.

This is great example of something that tides-over.

This is great example of something that tides-over.

You probably don’t remember “Gold Dust Washing Powder.” Somewhere we collected a box of it, although I don’t remember it even being used in my family. It was one of the first laundry powders on the market. I do remember Rinso, and, today, who doesn’t know about Tide Laundry Detergent? A box of it is always in my laundry. I recently hugged my husband and said, “Someone must love you, lots, to make your clothes smell so clean.”English language tide 7

Does Tide makes clothes whiter than other detergents? I think so. And, you may choose the scent you prefer, or no scent at all. Lemon is a favorite and there is also a Jasmine rich, floral smell. I haven’t tried it, but if using it will bring back the memories of smelling “Night Blooming Jasmine” while walking evenings in Florida, I better get some of it.English language tide5

As of January 2013, Tide has more than 30 percent of the liquid-detergent market, twice as much in sales as the second most-popular brand, Gain. That’s true even though it costs about 50 percent more than the average liquid detergent. Just a few more facts on Tide. It became the world’s first heavy-duty detergent in 1946 and was the first to be nationally packaged using Day-Glo colors. Tide brand is on at least six powders and liquid detergents in the United States alone. Oh, and by the way, Tide has sponsored a few things like NASCAR stock cars, notable as the “Tide Ride.”Enlish language tide 8

There, I’ve got the word “tide” out of my system. If you are determined not to pay 50 percent more for your laundry detergent, you’d better get the word out of your mind, too. 

I’d love to hear your comments on these rambling paragraphs called, shirlandyou. After all, you are the you in ShirlandYOU.

7 thoughts on ““Tide me over,” they say. Learn how, here!

  1. When I think of the word “tide”, I immediately think of the ocean. This is probably because of where I live, and my interest in shorebirds. You are right, the English language is funny; and sometimes it can be hard to understand, when one word can refer to so many different things.


  2. There…their…they’re…spelled differently…each with it’s own meaning. Add Auditory Processing Disorder to the equation and it can be totally overwhelming. The song…”There’s a Bad Moon on the Rise” to me sounds like “there’s a bathroom on the right”. The leader of the band is tired…I hear died instead of tired…so that song was always sooooo confusing to me. I like how you discribed “tide”…both are strong and powerful in their own way. Maine is one of my favorite places on the plant.


    • Thanks for writing, Karen. You are rambling, this time, as much as I am and it’s very fitting as a response to this post. Guess we’ll just laugh together at the English language.


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