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It’s “Jibe” Not “Jive,” Turkey!


Today I bring an example from the 1970s. Back in the day, people would say, “Man, that don’t jive” meaning it doesn’t make sense or they don’t agree.

Maybe I heard them wrong. Maybe they were really saying, “Man, that don’t jibe.” But I doubt it because than the speaker would add “turkey,” and we all remember jive turkeys, right?

The correct word is jibe. There is another word that sounds like jibe, gibe. It means to sneer or taunt. I don’t see  or hear that word too often because people use “sneer” and “taunt.” Why use an SAT word when a common one will do?

Until next time! Use the right words!

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October 6, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. wait… so you’re saying it actually is “jibe turkey”? And all this time I thought it was a clever pun for my boat….

    ~Jibe Turkey

    Comment by rlellis55 | November 12, 2011 | Reply

    • Like I said, “Jive Turkey” evolved from “That don’t jibe, Turkey!” My guess is that somebody heard “jive.” After all, “jive” was a popular word in the 70s. But isn’t that what makes our language so much fun?

      Comment by usingtherightwords | November 13, 2011 | Reply

  2. That is amazing, it’s funny how language evolves….

    Comment by rlellis55 | November 14, 2011 | Reply

  3. Indeed. Thanks for commenting. And be sure to use the right words!

    Comment by usingtherightwords | November 15, 2011 | Reply


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