I opened my lovely newspaper Friday morning and was immediately perplexed by the op-ed page. On it, an editorial cartoon poked fun at all the egregious potholes drivers get slammed by on Indiana roads.
The cartoon pictured a little fairy tossing potholes onto the roads in front of a driver. The fairy was named – ready?
The “chuckhole” fairy.
I asked around at work for someone who’s grown up in Indiana and upon finding one such coworker, asked her if chuckhole was a normal word for potholes. She looked at me a little funny and said yeah.
I’ve since learned, via Facebook, that the term is strange to some others living around here, yet recognized by a smattering of Ohio friends, too.
My own mother said she recognized the term from her hometown.
Am I the only one left that didn’t know what a chuckhole was?
(And a note: I keep posting these “What I learned” pieces late, so I snipped off the “today” in the series title. Get over it. )