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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Your lingo ain't my lingo

Isn't it funny how different households use different terms for things (that could be made up completely!) that make total sense to them, but would have the outside world utterly confused?

For instance, when Declan and I are ready to go get into lounge clothes (pj's...whatever)-we always say, "Comfy's?" Yes, as in comfortable clothes. We talk like we're 3, and call them "comfy's". We also ask it in question form to one another, to make sure we're in agreement. Why? I have no flippin idea.

There are many other phrases and words that we use that make sense to us, but possibly to the outside world might make us look like total losers not make sense. I'll spare you the details. Don't you worry.

I'm also learning every day that this is the case pretty much in every home. With seeing 900 students in a 6 day timeframe, I hear a lot of things that stop me dead in my tracks. "Whhhaaa?" It makes perfect sense to them, but to me, it's another language.

So, tell me-what lingo do you and your hubs or family use in your household?
I'm curious.

20 comments:

  1. it is interesting to find out other people's words or phrases for random things. It is even weirder to hear someone uses the same random words you do! I always say "comfys"!! Every night around 8 or 9 I am like "I am tired- I'm gettin' my comfys on."

    I also say "mingy mingy." ...I have no idea... but it basically means that someone is being annoyingly hyper and off-the wall. As in "wow, Anna is so mingy mingy right now" ha!

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  2. I totally agree. It is so interesting to see other people's phrases. My hubs calls the refrigerator, 'the ice box'. I had no idea what he was talking about the first time I heard it, and now I sometimes say it! LOL

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  3. Oh boy...the world would probably think Bri and I were retards if they heard us speak to each other. We call our comfys "fat pants". A lot of the time, Bri will do the song for Batman, except with fat pants in place of Batman (i.e. na na na na na...fat pants!). We also have sleepytimes (complete with sleepytime position).

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  4. hmmm - I would seriously have to think about this today, I will observe what we say. I think we use pretty normal lingo but the names we call each other (chicken) and things we do around the house (like screaming "you stink" when the air freshener goes off) I believe are unique to us :)

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  5. When I was growing up, my family called the TV remote a "flicker". No idea why, because you obviously don't flick anything. I still call it a flicker and my husband hates it :).

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  6. Hmmmm...I have to think about this one. You guys are cute.

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  7. You'd think having a toddler would mean that we teach him all these new (and correct) words. But actually it means that we now just use his terms for things. "Did you get him his wah?" we'll say, which means water. Sometimes we even use it for ourselves.

    I think "comfy's" sounds cute! :)

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  8. Haha, that's so true! Of course now that I've written this I can't think of any examples my husband and I do!

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  9. My boyfriend always makes fun of me for the little words I use for certain things, but of course, right now, I can't think of any of them! I do say "jams" for pj's.

    I just asked him (haha!) and his favorite is "snoozle!" If I am tired, I take a little snoozle! Oh, and if someone tells a little lie, I call it a "fiblet"

    :)

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  10. HAHAHA! My hubs and I say "Jammificate?" in five year old voices ALL the time. And when we're in bed we "assume the position!!!" Said in a very excitable voice or said in a very bashful voice. It means my head on his chest and he strokes my hair.

    At my parent's house, we change channels with the "clicker" but I don't often use that...I use remote more often than not! My parents also say to one another "Does your hip hurt?" when the other person is following them around. It's their way of teasing one another about being "attached at the hip"!

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  11. that's too funny! We used to call cookies "cucu's" because that's what our niece called them. No one really knew what we were talking about either :)

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  12. In the severely cold weather, I call the under clothes for playing in the snow or just enduring the cold my "warmies." Jason dies laughing at me everytime I say this, but I hate the term "long underwear."

    For some reason, we sometimes call our computer the "pooter." I have NO idea why.

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  13. Ah this is so cute! I liked reading everyone else's terms. Because I'm married to a Marine a lot of our terms are Marine Corps terms that most people wouldn't even get, I love wearing his "skivvies" (green undershirts, not the underwear) and tell him he looks quite charming in his skivvies as well (both shirt and undies ;-) ) I grew up in a house where the remote was the "button" and shopping carts are "wagons."

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  14. This is too funny. We actually say comfy clothes! And we always ask each other before changing into them, too! We also say "tarbin?" meaning "hungry?" It is a twisted version of starving. And you don't even want to know our little language that we use to talk to our puppy, Fiona. I started doing it long time ago with my other dogs and then Trey started to pick up on it and now he does it. It really makes no sense, but we understand each other, and so does Fiona! :) I'm sure our neighbors hear us and think we are insane!

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  15. i love this post! I read everyone elses comments and they made me laugh. My husband and I are total idiots. We make up words all the time. We call our sunglasses our "sunnis", we call dinner time "din din", and when our puppy goes to the door to tell us she has to potty, we say "do you need to tinky?". That's right. We call it tinky. It's ridiculous.

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  16. haha I always tell hubby when we get home for the evening that I'm going to change into my comfy jams. a shopping cart has always been a buggy to me, and I'm pretty sure the first time I referred to our ahem intimate time in the bedroom as "sugar time" my husband died laughing and it totally killed the mood.

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  17. my husband calls me bisquick...that always makes heads turn. lol.

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  18. I can't think of any silly names but we use "love" as a verb, noun, and adjective all the time.

    ....when Big Daddy is driving me crazy, I give him that look and he says, "love." I smile.

    When I have something I need to him to do that I know he wont be thrilled with, I'll say, "babe, I have some love for you"

    ...and when I want the kids to get in gear, I will say, "ok, let the love begin"

    Kinda silly but still endearing.

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  19. When Rayna was potty training, she slept in a night time diaper that we dubbed a "nightie". LOL To everyone else that might mean a piece of lingerie but not to us.

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  20. I called trains 'Thomases' for years because thats what my son would call them (as in Thomas the Tank Engine). My daughters name rhymes with Xana and when she was a baby I used to sing Xanadu to her so she became (her name)-do which then got shortened to Do. 11 years later and we're still calling her Do and no-one knows why.

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