Amanda was an ancient queen of “The Old Kingdom” (which eventually became the Kingdom of Belmonte and the Kingdom of the Northlands) on the planet Adondus where Tahiti is from. The people of these two kingdoms, like the people of any culture, have numerous sayings and idioms. Many of these are usually prefaced with “As Queen Amanda said...” or associated with her in some other way. Some of these sayings and idioms, as well as other words and terms unique to the people of The Two Kingdoms, follow:

Queen Amanda is sending us back to the barn. (Sometimes just, “it’s back to the barn”): We need to start all over. We might say, “Back to the drawing board.”

Between the worlds: Asleep. To “return from between the worlds” means to wake up. “Drifting between the worlds” means to be asleep (or unconscious).

Bird-song: morning twilight time

Built like Queen Amanda’s rocking chair: Said of a person having a very attractive body. We say, “Built like a brick outhouse.” (Or something similar.)

Chase the rainbow: To have a crush on someone, or to court them, often almost unnoticeably.

Queen Amanda burned the cookies: Something went wrong.

“May the/your dragons sleep,” or “If the dragons sleep”: Nothing goes wrong or all is well.

Even the rocks can speak, if you ask politely: Information is available if you know how to look for it.

Feed the bluefins: A gangster phrase meaning to murder someone and dispose of their body in the river, lake or ocean. We might say "sleep with the fishes."

Queen Amanda’s kiliflowers: A rare and thorny vine with beautifully scented flowers. The flower is mentioned in a variety of ways. For example “to come out smelling like...” where we might say, “to come out smelling like a rose.”

Migrating pertabeast: The pertabeast is a large, migratory herbivore, about the size of an elephant. Because of its size it deviates very little from a straight line as it migrates. To say that something moves like a migrating pertabeast is to say that it moves relentlessly in a straight line. We use the term “bee-line” in a similar fashion.

Musette pipes: A musical instrument usually played at weddings. To ask about musette pipes in someone’s future is to ask if they are going to be married--something like our asking if there are wedding bells in someone’s future.

Never cut more hay than you can stack: Never take on more than you can deal with. We might say, “Never bite off more than you can chew.”

Never kiss the king with straw in your hair: If you’ve done something furtive, make sure there are no traces to give you away.

Going around Queen Amanda’s parlor: Taking more steps than seems necessary. We might say, “going around Robin Hood’s barn.”

As ready as Queen Amanda’s stable boy: Ready to do whatever is asked or necessary.

’Sblood!: Expletive. Derived by shortening “Queen Amanda’s blood!” or “Queen’s blood!”

Queen Amanda’s sock is in the soup: Something has happened which ruins something else.

The sunset on the mountain peaks: Something that makes a good thing even better. The mountains in the two kingdoms are beautiful and even more so when illuminated by the last rays of the setting sun. Used like, “I just got a better job, and--the sunset on the mountain peaks--a corner office.” We say something similar when we refer to the “icing on the cake.”

Like swatting flies in Queen Amanda’s barn: Extremely easy. We say, “Like taking candy from a baby” or, “Easy as pie.”

Sweetfiz: A carbonated soft drink

He who ponders is toast: Based on the need to take action when confronted by dragons, the saying means “don’t wait unnecessarily.” We say, “He who hesitates is lost.”

Two blue-fin with one hook: Getting two results with one action. We say, “two birds with one stone.”

When eating a pertabeast, take one bite at a time: Similar to a quote attributed to General Creighton Abrams - "When eating an elephant take one bite at at time." I head something like this said by Jodie Davis on "Love of Quilting," broadcast by AETN on 25 April 2015.

Whistling the midnight tune: Sleeping, probably in a chair, because of the whistling noise one makes while breathing in this position


Page updated: 11 June 2019
Page created: 20 January 2012