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Why “frimmin',” Frimster?

Glad you asked! Yes, there is a story behind my choice of domain name. . .

Johnny Hart never expected this!

I first came across frimmin' in the comic strip The Wizard of ID drawn by Johnny Hart. In it, the wizard of Id often summons a drunken genie from a vat with the following incantation, or something like it: “Alakazam! Alakazotz! Frimmin' at the jimjam, frippin' on the krotz!” (There have been a few variations. In recent years, he says frammin' instead of frimmin'.) Frimmin' became my personal saying for “beyond cool,” and I use it instinctively whenever I consider something as being, well, “beyond cool.” Frimmin' is contagious. Some of my co-workers and friends say frimmin' often. I don't give “stars” to movies or books in my reviews, but frims. Why? Because it frims better (frim: to be or to become beyond cool), that way. A few years ago, I chose as the domain name for this site.

My Yank prank

The most frimmin' fun I ever had saying frimmin' was when a friend of mine and I were camping in Toronto. At our campground, we met a wonderful group of four kids just out of college, from all over the British Commonwealth (New Zealand, Scotland, and England.) They had just finished a summer job teaching a drama workshop in the Catskills, and were touring Canada and the U. S. on their way home. We went sightseeing together, and when we found out they were going to Florida next, I told them that they needed to work on the local slang before they got there. “Down South, everybody says frimmin'!” I said. When they asked what it meant, I said “oh, you know, it's what you say when something's really cool or far out, like in 'frimmin' at the jimjam, frippin' at the krotz!' And then, of course, there's the ultimate; if something totally blows you away, it's 'Alakazam, alakazotz, frimmin'; at the jimjam, frippin' at the krotz!” They asked me to teach them! Soon, they were practicing saying “Alakazam! Alakazotz! Frimmin' at the jimjam, frippin' at the krotz!” in their proper English, Scots, and Kiwi accents as we walked to Eaton's, the Harbourfront, and the CN Tower. I can only guess at the impression they must have made in Florida!