It's a phrase packed with wonderful possibilities, isn't it?
This lovely linguistic gem comes from the American south, where it surfaces in various ways. As a statement, it can confirm something will happen: Yes, I might could do that. It can convey agreement without actually making a commitment, thus leaving some waffle room: Yes, that might could happen. In a question, it often takes the form of a gentle, understated request that's hard to resist: Might could you do this for me?
I've been thinking about the power of might could, because it's the perfect phrase for knitters. Or perhaps, it's simply the perfect phrase for this knitter.
For example, I might could seam my Angletyn afghan this week.
I might could strive to get better photos of Alaris, my cape-poncho-shawl-wrap.
I might could cast on a new project.
Or, I might could cast on two.
Where a to-do list often feels rigid and demanding, the might-could version is upbeat and inviting. Plus, it inherently offers a little wiggle room, which for me definitely adds to its appeal.
So that's it, my Might Could list for the week. What's yours?
To read more of the Might Could story, see Might Could Works.