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Old 08-07-2011, 04:36 PM   #1
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Does your family have it's own vocabulary?

My brothers and I don't get together often enough. Recently, tho, we did and it's fun to remember the words that only we understand. Here are a few of ours --

screwver - is a screwdriver
toda truck (rhymes with soda) - tow truck, named by then 3 year old nephew
slopped your dripper - refers to spilling something down the front of your shirt

Does your family have it's own?
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:49 PM   #3
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We do, but most I cannot repeat on a family forum.
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:03 AM   #4
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My mother use to call a jig saw "The doot-to-doot" saw.

A circular saw was a "errrrr" saw.

When my niece was first learning to talk, all her "C" words came out with the "F" sound, and, we had a surprise in store for us, because my brother's name was Chuck.....Ya, do the math!
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Old 08-09-2011, 12:27 AM   #5
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When my niece was first learning to talk, all her "C" words came out with the "F" sound, and, we had a surprise in store for us, because my brother's name was Chuck.....Ya, do the math!
I sold eyeglasses to a Mrs Fuecker ( pronounced few kerr) in 1981. I was VERY careful when writing her name, but I'll never forget her.
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Old 08-11-2011, 06:12 PM   #6
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We have a "recuperating" saw at our house. (a reciprocating saw)
I like "cape of cod" houses (thanks to radar from MASH)
we often stop to read "hysterical" markers (historical)
A water fountain (the kind you drink from) is referred to as a "bubbler" ( a Wisconsin thing)

I'm sure there are more. I'll repost if I remember more
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Old 08-11-2011, 06:36 PM   #7
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DW and I are from the county of Lancashire in the UK. We have a number of dialect words that our grandparents used. I think there's some Dutch influence. The plural of "eye" is "een", the plural of "shoe" is "shoon", and less than intelligent person is "reight gormless". French fries are "chips" (as in Fish and Chips). Chips are "crisps". They also used older English, "thou" and "thy" and tended to run words together.

"By eck, lad tha'rt reight gormless" uses a shortened version of "thou art". William Shakepeare spent some time in the county. Rumor has it that the original version of what became "Is this a dagger I see before me" was "Tha'd best be careful wi' that thing, lad. Appen tha'll poke somebody's eye aht". "Appen" is a substitute for "perhaps".

A good tale from Yorkshire, the county across the Pennine hills from Lancashire, is the difference between meanings of "mind". A landowner was having his house redecorated. One particular day, the painters were doing the music room and the homeowner had to go out. He said, as he left "Mind the piano", which he meant "be careful of". In the local dialect "mind" means "don't forget". He returned to find his $30,000 Bosedorfer grand painted duck-egg blue like the walls of the room.

The other "gotcha" is the word "while". When British Rail started installing automatic gates at grade crossings, the sign said "Stop here while red lights flash". To a Yorkshireman, while means until, so the sign was interpreted to mean "stop here until the lights flash". After several accidents, the translation from British English to Yorkshire English was given to BR and the signs were replaced. The new signs said "Stop here when red lights are flashing".
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My Mother once called a "tub of butter" a "bub of tutter" and to this day it is called that in my house. My wife even writes it on the grocery list that way.
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Thanks to Henry Blake (MASH) a gun is a nug in our house.
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My "family" consists of friends and coworkers that I camp with at times. All of us are in dog related feilds so much of our language is also dog-talk.

"mad pisser", a male dog who has to wear a "belly band" or your furniture will be marked with yellow stains.
"barkbag" easy to figure this one out.
"Knock the snot out of them" actually means a hike in the woods to tire out the canine crew.
"Get horizontal" is go to bed after a long day.
My Poodles are known as the "Stepford Dogs" because they are actually well trained. Those that don't listen are "Dingos".
We have names for the OCD boss and a few high maintainence clients but I'll keep those to myself.
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Thanks to Henry Blake (MASH) a gun is a nug in our house.

Anyone in a position of authortiy as a supervisor, is a "stupidvisor" in our house.
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Just yesterday, Addison, my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter went to school with her Mom. Her Mom's a third grade teacher and was getting set up for the start of school. Last night I was asking her about BIG SCHOOL and who she met. Two other little girls were there, Sophia and Lindsey.

They played in the rooms and also played on the swings outside. I asked her what were her friends names, "SOAPY and WEDNESDAY". Only from the mouth of babes.
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All remotes are called 'powers' in our house. This comes from the Power Rangers TV show that my son would watch after school. They would hold something over their heads and shout, 'I have the power!'.
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