The Willful Caboose is the Balm!

In some online correspondence this afternoon, a friend used the expression "the bomb", as in, "Kate, your new hockey blog, The Willful Caboose is the bomb!" (Okay, that’s not exactly what he said.  Truthfully, he didn’t mention my blog at all.  My point is simply that he said "the bomb".)  I have a funny relationship with the expression "the bomb" particularly when I see it written out, because for years I wasn’t sure if it was "the bomb", or "the balm".

Say them out loud. 

"The bomb."  "The balm."

I’m telling you, it could go either way.

To this day, I think the expression "the balm" makes more sense.  Balm (as in, lip) really is the bomb.

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5 Responses to “The Willful Caboose is the Balm!”


  1. 1 Courtney August 15, 2007 at 1:34 am

    I’m all for the balm. It does make more sense. Something being the bomb would imply bad things, but the balm is really just a lubricant and that is usually a good thing.

  2. 2 Neil August 15, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Maybe by reading it, I will learn something about hockey.

  3. 3 Kate August 15, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    It’s highly doubtful Neil.

  4. 4 Kela August 15, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Excerpts from the Urban dictionary – results for The Bomb:
    1. A phrase, which much like Courtney Love, was only popular during the early nineties. At the time, it meant “exceptionally cool”.
    2. The coolness of “the bomb” goes down another proverbial notch, when it is referred to as “DA bomb”.
    As in, “Dude that party last night was da bomb!”

    On the other hand
    Definitions for The Balm include:
    1. A flamer. Also known as a homosexual who is still fighting his homosexuality.
    2. Really dank weed.
    3. Anything that is real good which other words cant describe.

    Looking out for your informed slang usage needs.

  5. 5 Kimchi August 16, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Gosh, when I say them, they sound different. Must be the Canadian influence in my speech … bawm, bahLm … maybe you’d better ask a Texan?


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