Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll 12/8

It’s that time again! Lunchtime poll time!  We’re officially halfway through the work week?  Who’s excited?  I can’t believe how fast this month is going.  Is anyone ready for the holidays? I am not.  Speaking of, my sister wrote on my facebook yesterday that we need to plan our Christmas day feast.  I wrote back: “Did you want to make a roast beast?”  Yes, you read that right.  Roast Beast. As in “and the Grinch himself even carved the roast beast.”  In my family we’re big fans of both appropriating words from children’s books and movies, or either just making up our own words that we use.  Roast beast, in case you haven’t figured it out, is just roast beef.  Another favorite is “sniggling.”  The dictionary definition has to do with fishing for eels.  Growing up it was the word my mom used when we were avoiding going to bed. As in “Mooommm I need a drink of water!”  “No you don’t. You’re just sniggling. Get to bed.”  As grown ups it’s evolved to represent procrastination, usually with regards to work.

So, tell us readers, what are your made-up family words.  And where did they come from, if you know?

6 replies on “Lunchtime Poll 12/8”

For some reason most of our weird family terms are actually names.  Like if you spill a glass of milk, someone will turn around and say “Careful, Stevie.”  If you do something completely idiotic or make a stupid comment, it usually results in a “Duh, George.” And my personal favorite is when you can’t get your own body to do what you want it to do, you simply encourage it with an “up, Simba, up!” (which as far as I know has been used since before Disney made the Lion King).



“Donk” and “dosheen” are words my firstborn sort of invented. “Donk” was how I described his crashing episodes and he thought is a genuine Japanese word, so he taught it to his friends. “Dosheen” he exclaims with a quick tilt of the head, when there is a ironic moment, like the crashing of cymbals of a high hat drum. Very similar to ba-DUM-dum.

“Feefee” means “excuse me,” and the credit for its invention goes to an older cousin of mine. Also, I thought my mom made up the word “pixelated” to describe us when we were acting hyper or just plain weird, but no, it’s a real world.

Ziney, as in “I just woke up and my hair is all ziney.” I don’t know where it came from, it’s just something my mom says.
Speaking of the Grinch, when I was really young my parents had a white vinyl ice bucket that I called my “Who-hash.” I have no idea why, but I loved it and played with it all the time.

My dad used to call me his chooch, or just chooch, as is, “Hey chooch, could you hand me the remote” (I’m spelling this phonetically, since I have never seen it written). I have no idea where it came from, or what it is supposed to mean. It’s a term of endearment.

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