If you are new to Abboisms, let me give you a brief summary: Abboisms are a collection of my dad’s patently Southern sayings that I am trying to record for posterity’s (as opposed to prosperity’s) sake. My dad’s nickname from childhood is Abbo; that’s how I chose the name of my collection. Many of the sayings were passed down from his father, who we grandkids called Pop.
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Abboism #43: Bang Up Good Job
There are many ways to congratulate someone on a job well done:
- Excellent work!
- Very nicely done!
- Yeoman’s effort!
- Out of the park!
You get the idea. My dad had a way to add a superlative to an already congratulatory but bland compliment. Everyone loves to hear “good job,” but it doesn’t exactly say “above and beyond.” My dad used the term bang up good job for an effort that was more than just an ordinary good job.
Here are some examples:
- Mow the yard: Expected.
- Mow the yard, weed eat, edge, and blow: Good job!
- Mow the yard weed eat, edge, and blow without being told: Bang up good job!
- Take the ball when the coach says it’s your turn to pitch: Expected.
- Pitch your team to victory: Good job!
- Pitch your team to victory and give your teammates all the credit in the post-game interview: Bang up good job!
- Put up your dishes in the dishwasher after supper: Expected.
- Put your dishes in the dishwasher and tell mama thanks for cooking supper: Good job!
- Cook supper and clean up to give mama a break: Bang up good job!
Okay, you get the picture. And here’s the deal: you can’t go above and beyond on every single thing you do. So do what’s expected and go beyond even that to do a good job today. But pick something–however large or small–and do a bang up good job on it today…and every day.
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