Do you have words created by your family that are used as part of your personal vernacular? Nikki posed this question for fun today, and my first thought was I’d have a list of dozens–I’m a l w a y s making up words.
However, the truth is, it’s an "in the moment" thing and they rarely stick around for very long. A few that have are:
Booghetti (coined by my son for one of his favorite dishes, spaghetti, and it’s what we often call it now)
Toronado (it’s what I usually call tornadoes…but I don’t know why. Once when we were driving with friends, I saw a cloud in the distance, pointed and said, "That looks like a toronado…!". The husband replied, "I don’t think that’s a Toronado, I think it’s a Riviera." I can’t remember if I explained to him what I meant or if I just let it slide…I do remember not wanting to make him feel stupid for not understanding me.)
Egubrious (I lurve this word! It’s perfect to describe all matters of disgustation, like this story. Sometimes the brothers just name-call it to each other, and depending on what they’re up to, it fits :/.)
Suchie (for some reason, I began calling sushi "suchie" years ago; the pronunciation is very clipped, with the accent on the second syllable. My sushi-loving friend, Gina, told me it almost sounds profane the way I say it; I think it just sounds ignorant, but now I can’t not say it that way!)
Nikki also asked if there were any "looks" you gave one another that communicated something without the need of words.
Why yes we do, or make that, I do, and my children refer to it as "The Errrr Face". They are wicked, wicked children because they find it sport to provoke me to the point of "this face" sometimes. It’s that look mothers get when they are exasperated with their kids and can’t find the words to express it (and either they crack up laughing at me or turn tail and run…depending on what they know they can get away with).
I have no pictures of me with The Errrr Face, but not for lack of their trying! They’ve actually attempted to push me to this face just for the purpose of photographing it! Wicked, wicked children…I think I shall sell them to the circus today–three for the price of one!
For the record, The Errrr Face works until about age six (to threaten silently)…after that, it just causes wrinkles ;).
Be sure to visit Nikki for more fun new words you might want to capture as your own!
Egubrious is perfect!
Booghetti is so cute. Swampy also offered to host next week, so you two can duke it out. Let me know who wins so I can post the next host!
Thanks for playing.
Our youngest calls spaghetti “ferdetti” and now we all do. Poor child may never learn the correct pronunciation!
Ahhh now I know why I have so many wrinkles and you have some great words there!
Reading Nikki’s comment ! assume both you and Swampy are willing to host next week which is Easter Monday here and a public holiday~ actually there’s no need to fight that could be the next two Mondays covered! Please will you let me know so that I can add to my side bar~ thanks
I hope these words will work for Scrabble. Hey, you take next Monday. I can wait. How funny that we both volunteered. Great minds think alike…h-m-m-m-m-m.
My kids love “suchie”, I don’t especially, except California rolls.
pazghetti was how I normally heard the world growing up. (Maybe it was I who first coined it).
Suchie – hee hee
Every family must have their own mispronunciation of spaghetti. Karmyn called it puzgetti, and do you know what a mazagine is?
The Face belonged to my mom. It scared the patooty out of us.
I’m pretty good at the Face, my mom was great, but my grandmother was the QUEEN of the Face.
you are so right about the face causing wrinkles after the age of 6!!
Great words! and the look? I have the look – my daughter calls it the laser eyes.
What is a Toronado anyway? I mean, what did they name the car after? Is there such a thing?
LOL! That’s great! 🙂
My husband and his brothers made up a word when they were kids that they used for their mother (I think usually when they were in trouble) and it stuck enough that we use it in our house today. Meaniac = a cross between mean and maniac, meaning a person who is being very mean at the moment. (I think – perhaps I’d better refer to him for a better definition.) 😉
Also my husband “baby-speaked” this one into existence with our first born and it’s stuck around for #2 and #3. Seep = sleep. “Are you seepy?” “It’s time to seep.” “Get your seepin’ puppy.” (That’s for the 3rd one.) 😉 And now if we’re really tired we’ll even say it to each other. “I’m seepy. Let’s go to bed.” He’s also renamed ‘diaper wipes’ as “dipey wipes,” ‘shoes’ as “choos” and several other things. It’ll be a wonder if my children learn appropriate spelling and vocabulary.
Also, my daughters and I often call their pj’s “pajammies.” Actually, I quite like that one. 😉
Ah, the ERRR Face…I’m pretty sure I saw it on my mom several times growing up! 😉
I didn’t do FM this week, but am having fun seeing what everyone else did.
oh yeah. the ERRR face. i have that one in my repertoire as well!
love the toronado/riviera thing. funnnnnny!
Jana, we’re the same way…some words just “stuck”.
Chris, I guess you’ve seen Swampy punched me in the face!
Junebug, I WANT to like it but I can’t get over the “raw fish” thing :/.
Pamela, huh? What’s a magazine?
Sayre, so you’re royalty it seems ;).
Min, in my extensive research (ahem) I discovered IT’S TOTALLY MADE UP! Hmph!
Amber, Ooooo, I loved all your comments, but I might have to steal “meaniac”…or keep my kids from discovering it!
Janet, my kids named it. Do I thank them or Errrr them???
One of the kids used to call instructions “destructions,” and my husband and I still say it.
lol @ the errr face 🙂
and the words, love them…we have lots..chork pops is the fave one that comes to mind, that belongs to hubby tho…;)
MIne are up on my blog under 3/21/08. lbratina.blogspot.com
Yours were cute!