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Old 11-20-2010, 01:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Your Family's Nonsense Vocabulary

Every family has them. Nonsense words that nobody else uses.

You probably don't even realise they're odd until the first time you use them in front of an outsider and they ask for an explanation.

In my family, for reasons that relate somehow to my maternal grandmothers upbringing a century or more ago, woodlice are called "baggy-stringles".

What weird words does your family use?
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Old 11-20-2010, 01:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My mother is a fount of odd sayings and weird made up words. They always bugged me so I have striven to kill that particular meme.

Farts -- pop offs or windypops
Shopper's Drug Mart -- Shopper's Mart Mart
Zeller's -- Zippy Zellar's (always... each and every time)
Wal*Mart -- Wally Walmart (shudder)

It goes on in this vein... but I will spare you.
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Windypops? Oh, hot damn... tell me more.
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I assume this includes bizarre pet names/nicknames? My mom always called me Mergatroid and Scootcharonies (after Rice-a-Roni, I assume). My parents call each other "Bunches" and my sister and brother-in-law call each other "Spoofy."

Oh, and farts were "putt-putts."
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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My family's favorite word was "blat," and it still triggers anxiety in me just to type it.

It was part of a "game" that made little or no sense, handed down from my father's childhood. If someone said "blat," anyone and everyone could hit them until they finished counting to 10. If you hit them after they finished counting to 10, they got to hit you 10 times as punishment

Problem is, we started saying "splat" instead to trick people. Eventually, "splat" was ruled unfair, and got added to the game too. Now I can't even say "splat," a semi-legitimate word, without expecting to get hit a lot.

Beyond that, we didn't have a whole lot of nonsense words. Except "gopher dogs" instead of "prairie dogs," but that was just my mom trying to be funny and then forgetting it was a joke.
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Skogafoss and I use jammers = anything or object needing to be referred to.
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:57 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Wait... use jammers in a sentence.
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Old 11-20-2010, 11:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Marferdy. It is used as an exclamation, or in replacement of a cuss word. So if you stub your toe it's Marferdy! instead of dammit. If we dislike something it's awe marf, but also a form of endearment if someone does something sweet again it's awe marf, it's all in the voice inflection. Marferdy is a very versatile word in our family

As for farts, my sister started using 'pause' and now everyone else says it too when they pass gas. Rogue however says squirrels... figure that one out.
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:18 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Windypops? Oh, hot damn... tell me more.
Gah... we all have our crosses to bear. Mine is my mother's cutesy language.
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:23 AM   #10 (permalink)
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For whatever reason, whenever my mother was frustrated with something, she would yell the numbers "4976!" I have no idea why, and neither does she, but it's kind of ingrained at this point.

My maternal grandmother uses the term "hoochie" for anything she can't remember the name for. Hilarity ensues.
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:40 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Not exactly family but I consider her my sister so this works. My best friend and I call anything small, mimis. Not sure why, just seemed fitting. Lop (which I have found out is in the urban dictionary) was another word we used a lot. Don't know when or why it started but anything or anyone that is kind of awkward is loppy.

Ill have to think of actual family ones. My grams is a great source of weird word uses.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:05 AM   #12 (permalink)
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For whatever reason, whenever my mother was frustrated with something, she would yell the numbers "4976!" I have no idea why, and neither does she, but it's kind of ingrained at this point.
I like this. But I need to know: does she say "four nine seven six", "forty-nine seventy-six", or "four thousand nine hundred seventy-six"? I like to imagine it is the last one.
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:00 AM   #13 (permalink)
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This lingo/made up words is exchanged between me and my brother, and cousins. Not with parents.

Birth tone: The exhaust note of my Civic Si (its straight piped with a Magnaflow tip) and sounds like the car is giving birth to a baby cat at WOT (wide open throttle).

Doh breh: Meaning thats some good sh!t...like when we are eating senorita aka star bread; "Thats some doh breh sh!t."

Waku, Waku, Waku (said 3 times really fast): Meaning theres a hot girl over there/in close proximity

Spec deuce: The exhaust note of my cousin's Integra Type R (It has a Buddy Club Spec II catback) meaning to spec deuce someone as in roll by em and go WOT/hit Vtec to scare the beejebus out of em since the car is loud and over 95 decibels.

tittymangus: Usually said for the hell of it...no reason at all and no meaning as well but we use the word from time to time.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:18 PM   #14 (permalink)
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My cousins and I used to throw in words pronounced backwards, sometimes whole sentences, much to the confusion of those not in on the game. Of course some words just don't work backwards, others sound great, like munimula or "krap the rac." Most of us lived in sasnak, but I had a cousin in salad, saxet, another in ahamo and one in odaroloc gnirps. Kuf, tish, traf, and sip were favorite teenage words, of course. I drove a negawsklov gub, my brother had a nilmerg, mom drove a drof. Beyond silly, but great fun at the time, and we'll still throw out a drawkabs drow every now and then.

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Old 11-22-2010, 09:32 AM   #15 (permalink)
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The majority of our family's nonsense vocabulary came from my brother:

Snog - That irritating, disgusting snort that people make to try to clear their sinuses while sick or during allergies. I realize this is actual British slang for kiss, but we certainly didn't know that when we started using it when I was a kid.

Spomblofavich or Pipskopski - Usually a last name substitute when the actual name can't be remembered or isn't known.

Yowd - My brother had a class with a girl he didn't like, and her last name was Yowd. It became an descriptor to describe something unpleasant - "That tastes like Yowd", etc.

He had a bunch more but these are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.
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Old 11-22-2010, 01:14 PM   #16 (permalink)
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We have a lot of "Appalachian Phrases" in my family.

Whenever I did/said something displeasing my grant aunt would say, "I'll slap a wart on you that will whizz like a wire nail." Only it sounded more like, "I'll slappa wert on you that'll whizz likea war nail."

I don't know exactly what it means, but I know it hurts.
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:28 AM   #17 (permalink)
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We got most of our from the way my brother talked as a baby.

Hanks - Thanks

Grills - Girls

Seegrit - Cigarette

fried eggs - boobs (XD my poor mother)
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:09 AM   #18 (permalink)
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farts - pooters or boofers
hoohah sticks - (I'll give you a hint, only girls use them, usually monthly)
tv remote - flicker, in-laws call it the button box
my mother - granny gerdy (this does NOT rhyme with her name)
Starsky & Hutch old tv show - Starchy & Husk
Oxygen Moron - an idiot
the "D" for "drive" gear on truck - my dad calls it "D" for "diggin"
back yard - back 40
cigarette - brains

I have an aunt who keeps her miwk in her keenchen, but I think that's more of an old person's faded accent than anything.
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Old 11-23-2010, 04:04 PM   #19 (permalink)
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My dad calls KFC Kentucky Duck every time. No idea why.
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:16 PM   #20 (permalink)
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When I was a young lad in the single digits I said tony-needles instead of toe nails. My family found it amusing and will use it whenever we get together. I find it rather irritating, but whatever gets a laugh, right?

Another one that was used by the grandmother way back in the day was, "Davenport", also known as the front porch.
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:42 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Amongst the kids in my family a crybaby was called a poonateer. It originated from the youngest brother who thought the lyrics from the Beatles song "The Long and Winding Road" actually said a poon of tears.

My grandmother would say "To see turd take away water" in response to us asking where she was going.
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Old 12-04-2010, 02:26 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Amongst the kids in my family a crybaby was called a poonateer. It originated from the youngest brother who thought the lyrics from the Beatles song "The Long and Winding Road" actually said a poon of tears.

My grandmother would say "To see turd take away water" in response to us asking where she was going.
In my family it was always "there and back to see how far it is".

Re-reading the great responses on here also reminds me that a good friend of my Mother, when asked "what's for dinner", would say "Mr Asquith"; she meant "wait and see". I have no idea why the evocation of former Prime Minister Herbert Asquith meant that, but for her it did.

Another thing she used to say (when asked "what's for dessert") would be "those that ask don't get, and those that don't ask don't want". Another cliché of her household was that if you wanted a snack she'd say that there was "fruit or yoghurt", to the point that in my family if nobody was sure what to have for a snack, someone would say "we've got some fruitoryogit if you want that".
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Old 12-04-2010, 04:05 AM   #23 (permalink)
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What's for dinner was always answered with "Air pudding and wind sauce".

Asking my uncle what he was doing usually got "Rape & Murder"
Rape = Fucking off
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Old 12-04-2010, 03:49 PM   #24 (permalink)
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In my family it was always "there and back to see how far it is".
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That just reminded me of another response we got from an aunt when asked where she was going-- "east of the sun and west of the moon." She worked at the Jet Propulsion Labs so her answer had a scientific ring to it.
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:02 PM   #25 (permalink)
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That just reminded me of another response we got from an aunt when asked where she was going-- "east of the sun and west of the moon." She worked at the Jet Propulsion Labs so her answer had a scientific ring to it.
My great uncle's response when asked where he was going was "Up a chicken's ass after an egg sandwich."
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:08 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I thought we were the only normal family that doesn't have thses, but I was rudely snapped back to reality by Charlatan.
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Wal*Mart -- Wally Walmart (shudder)
Wally-World.
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:38 AM   #27 (permalink)
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When the children had just started school, my wife started teaching them their "Guzintos" 2 goes into 4 etc. Some teachers at a school for children from other countries picked it up. I have always wondered if I should feel sorry for the kids , or tip my hat.
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:23 AM   #28 (permalink)
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My great uncle's response when asked where he was going was "Up a chicken's ass after an egg sandwich."
That's funny. I'll have to remember to use it someday.
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Old 12-07-2010, 01:10 AM   #29 (permalink)
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There are some words, kids got wrong somehow, when they were little. I still remember some of those words, but we aren't really using them.

One was my older son calling the garbage bin 'bank' - this must have been due to us once leaving to bank to pay the bills and took the garbage out at the same time. So when we told our son, we are going to the bank, he of course connected the word with the bin.

He also learned to speak so fast, he had to make up his own verbs for expressing doing certain things based on how they sounded, because he hadn't been told the word yet. But these words I can't really translate. They were pretty clever though and made me wonder, why aren't they already in the dictionary.
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:49 AM   #30 (permalink)
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When the children had just started school, my wife started teaching them their "Guzintos" 2 goes into 4 etc...
My dad said Guzintas too. I think it originated (at least his use of the word) from a Beverly Hillybillies scene where Jethro is talking about knowing his Guzintas.


I was reminded of some funny things my Mamaw says, specifically about the female anatomy.

While sitting on the front porch with my Mamaw, a teenage girl with a SHORT skirt walks by. My Mamaw then yells, "You need to get a longer skirt. I can see your Twiddle-Twat."

A dialogue between my Mamaw and cousin about Incontinence pads went a little like this:

Mamaw: It kind of smells down there.
Cousin: Well, do you wash your butthole?
Mamaw: Yeah and I wash my twitchet too.
Cousin: What's a twitchet?
Mamaw: You should know. You've got one.

So yeah, Twiddle-Twat and Twitchet. I say them all the time now.
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