I’m hoping I don’t sound incredibly weird when I say our family has its own language. It’s not a full language, before you think we’re nuts, just the odd word that enhances the regular English language. Please tell me I’m not alone?
I brought some words with me to our little family and so did my partner, my daughter has even contributed too! Allow me to share some of our additions to the English language, feel free to start using them yourself.
These are the words I managed to bring with me from my own family and I assume my children will continue to use.
You might call it a hamster, but in our house he’s a sloamer. Think about it, watcher your hamster move. Sloamer works better, doesn’t it? This sloamer is called Blooby, he was named by Greg.
It’s that sleepy feeling you get after a huge meal. It’s the reason your dad falls asleep in the chair after Christmas dinner. It’s what people call ‘milk drunk’ when they talk about babies. In our house it’s botsered, and I think it fits well.
All Razzled Up
Over exciting someone so that they go all wild and giddy. Across the country, dads getting in from work razzle their children up right before bedtime, much to the despair of many mums who have spent the last hour or so calming them down. This is a picture of a razzled child. It’s blurry and his hair is all wild because he’s having curly thoughts. He’s well and truly razzled.
Throughout my late teens, up until I fell pregnant at 21, my mum blamed all of my problems on gadding. Gadding is going out and having fun. “Mum, I’m tired.” “It’s because you were gadding.”
“Mum, my throat hurts.” “It’s because you were gadding.”
“Mum, my hair has gone green.” “It’s because you were gadding.”
Staying up late in the pursuit of fun is the root of all problems. I don’t go gadding any more, I still get ill and tired but now I guess the cause is a mystery.
Dog means dog, and dog also means anything else you want it to. I’m not sure when it started, I think in the last few years but my brother does it too. You can add ‘dog’ on to the end of words to make them more fancy (Jendog, Robdog, Emdog). You can replace any word you like with dog, “come and eat your dog [dinner].” Or you can create a hybrid dog word , “pass me the dogmote [remote].”
I’m not even sure why we do it. It anything, we’re cat people (this is where 60% of my readership logs off, never to return).
Accidental Hipster Dad’s words
Food. “I’m hungry I need some chonks.” Also works as someone eating something, “too late, he’s already chonked it.” I feel like this should be a normal word and I forget not to use it in public.
Noggy bread is the crusty bread you get from bakeries (or Lidl if you’re us and not so posh). You dip it in soup or stew and Accidental Hipster Dad won’t eat his stew without it. The extra crusty end bits are the nogs of the noggy bread. It seems really fitting, doesn’t it?
In real terms, rangoli is the sand art in the picture. When Emma was a tot, she told me rangoli was a swear word for bum. I didn’t even know it was a real word but don’t you think it sounds rude? We still use it. We still treat it like it’s a rude word and if you use it, you get tickled.
Do think I’m completely insane now? You must have some daft words to share too? Please tell me your own family’s words and quirks!