Fluent in Family

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.

My words

These are the words I managed to bring with me from my own family and I assume my children will continue to use.


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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

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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.


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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.


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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

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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?

Emma’s word


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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!

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24 thoughts on “Fluent in Family

    1. Rob actually told me gadding was a real word as soon as this post went live but I decided to keep it because we use it often but not many people know it.

  1. Yep, you are crazy! lol
    I don’t know if we have any odd words… but down south some words are different anyway. Lots of yours sound like they are welsh- just coz I can imagine the accent! I always call people donuts and dinkus if that counts?!

  2. I love this and the quirky things that families say to each other. It makes me think of my grandpa’s word for snack: “chem chem”. And how when my grandma couldn’t remember the name of something (which was often) she would call it a “whosawatti”. #familyfun

  3. I like razzing! We speak a weird type of Spanglish in our house because my husband is Puerto Rican. For example, my daughter calls monkeys ‘cacos’ (from the Spanish word macaco, or macaque in English) and lemons ‘mons’ (from limon). #FamilyFun

  4. This is such a fantastic post! We are always making up words and names for each other in our house. We also abbreviate words a lot: lair (instead of lairy), hooge (instead of oojamaflip – my husband’s current favourite term for EVERYTHING). I used to do this so much as a child. My dad used to bear the brunt as I would call him weird names that would evolve from each other; I don’t remember them all but I know at some point he was referred to a “Hoof” and his Father’s Day card was a hand drawn pic of a horse’s hoof. I have no idea why!

    Of everything you wrote, it was actually “… curly thoughts…” that made me laugh the most! So cute. #FamilyFun

  5. I love sloamer, we have always said pierk. My Mum would say to my brother, don’t pierk your suster when he was annoying me. I genuinely thought it was a real word haha x #familyfun

  6. Oh this is hilarious! The gadding had me giggling away – so so funny – love how my grammar check underlines that word in red but it may become a favourite and well used new word for me – just love it!! #FamilyFun

  7. I love Rangoli despite the fact it’s meant to be a naughty word lol. It just sounds so cool. I think you should start a series of this, it’s funny reading about every family’s querks. Th is for joining us at #familyfun xx

  8. This is SO cool….I don’t think its weird I think its awesome. I don’t think we as a family have any interesting vocabulary! We have random welsh words that I heard as a child and snuck into my daily language like cwtch for cuddle! Its really interesting when you think about it! Thank you for linking to #stayclassymama xx

  9. He he, I have a post in draft like this with all the random words and phrases we use on a daily basis that I don’t think other people do.. Peter Andre mode = fast asleep. A Mega = a poo. Hurt = yoghurt. Negarob = a very negative Robert
    I keep meaning to add to these as we have lots more!! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

  10. Hi, I am from India. When my kid was a little one we used to use the word – Uffa – to use the rest room. My little one mumbled it when he was 2. We still use it and it has become our family word. All my cousin’s still use the word . Seriously!

  11. Oh wow this made me smile. I was talking to my teen daughter about this only yesterday. She was saying that her friends had never heard some of the terms that she uses – of course this is because a lot of them are unique to our family. Your kids grow up thinking everyone uses then though!! #fortheloveofBLOG

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