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aiua
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We've got lots, but I'd say the one used with the most regularity is "tooth!" After a commercial break, to let the others know that the show is back on, we always yell "Tooth!" It comes from "It's on!" which, when slurred, sounds like the German word for tooth, "Zahn."
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I realized today we have another common mispronunciation: in our house, Lucky Charms (or any cereal with marshmallows) are Charmy Lucks. Ems started doing that and it was too cute to keep correcting; we all picked it up.
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We used to have waterlemon for watermelon (courtesy of my little brother).

When we can't remember the name of something it's the 'doozy-whatsit' or the 'thingummy-jig' - though it is amazing how often the other person/people in the conversation know exactly what the speaker is referring to.

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Me and my friends will go into the city and speak loudly in third person, though now we talk like that all the time. Exmpl: ""Ehhhh" tman exclaimed as he wondered where Mr.Q was" (Its also where we decided to use these stupid nicknames)
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quote:
Originally posted by imogen:
When we can't remember the name of something it's the 'doozy-whatsit' or the 'thingummy-jig' - though it is amazing how often the other person/people in the conversation know exactly what the speaker is referring to.

Yesterday, someone told me that the paper I wanted was in the doohickey. She asked if I knew where she meant. I said "Sure, it's in the thingy." And proceeded to go get the paper from exactly where she had in mind.
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Sometimes we order Zappi from Zappi Hut. That's courtesy of the oldest when we was about 2.
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My mother will consistently use the phrase "yours truly" to refer to the person she is talking about(not herself), but hasn't yet named as it is usually obvious. To those outside the family it's not obvious and rather confusing.
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Oh, huh, I'd been idly wondering where the phrase "my pants are bankrupt" came from, and I just learned it's a LiveJournal Household Phrase:

http://community.livejournal.com/metaquotes/4986339.html

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Glenn Arnold
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When all else fails, read the destructions.
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Warning: politically incorrect--


My ex and I used to say "you're a secret" when the other person did something stupid. It comes from the phrase "the retarded secret they keep in the basement", which I believe comes from a MAD TV Vancome Lady sketch. It might go like this:

Me: "you're a...secret." *stifled snicker*

Ex: "YOU'RE the secret." slightly better-stifled snickering.

Me: "YOU are."

rinse and repeat.

Sometimes Skyler calls me "Crustbeard" because I have occasional dry skin in my beard.

I'd complain, except I call her "buttlips", "turdteeth", "butt-teeth", "boogerlips", "boogerteeth", "monkeyteeth", etc.

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Hank
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My brother once referred to the Airplane lavatory as a "laboratory." It eventually became the name for all bathrooms anywhere.

A former roommate and I also used the word "squirrels" to signify that we needed a moment to gather our thoughts or had lost our train of thought. It came from the fact that we were both Theatre Majors, and we'd run lines together, and instead of yelling "line," we'd yell "squirrels!" the theory being that it was highly unlikely to be an actual word in the dialogue we were memorizing.

Conversationally, it would go something like this:

Me: "An then I was thinking...that maybe...I should......squirrels."
Roommate: "Yeah, you should definitely squirrels."
Pause.
Me: "Oh! I remember! I was going to the store!"

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Sasha comes up with lots of creative phrases for things. "Frustrated rat necks" describes the state of being anxious, upset, or worried. Picture a rat straining its neck, veins popping out. "The cats have frustrated rat necks. How do they know the vet is coming?"

Georgina is any horse, because some lady he knew once who was very tall and looked like a horse was named that. "Georgina's waiting for her carrots."

Doctors are all called "noodle" as a title. It started because he had a doctor named Rehman whom we referred to as Doctor Ramen Noodle. Then there was Stroud Noodle, I think because Stroud is something like streudel which rhymes with noodle. Now, though, noodle is appended to anyone's name to signify that they're a doctor. So we have Joey Noodle, Meenu Noodle, Kovacik Noodle, etc.

He's great at nomenclature as well. He dubbed Grace Lubeefka, because she's so beefy and loveable. Mouse is called Ribka because she's such a cute little fishie. His sock monkey was called Elvis Plunket. Some of his characters are Jose Hawtpants, Makseem Hozerenko, and Rabbi Christian. When you swim in the ocean you yell at Lyonya's mama in order to taunt her into hitting you with big waves. She's apparently a personification of the ocean. Another thing you can yell is for Dr. Austin to come and give you a saline flush. "So, you call that a saline flush? C'mon Dr. Austin!" <wham, gets hit by a big wave>. (Austin Noodle was the infectious disease specialist who ordered his IV antibiotics.)

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Somehow my children mixed up the circumstances preceeding first aid, and the instruments of first aid, and now little bandages are known as "damn-aids".

Snib: stealing little bits of dinner from the serving dish before we've asked the blessing on the food.

Toof: shooting a bunny.

My daughter Bronwen's nickname is Buffy, whose nicknames is Buffaluffagus.

Back when we had TV, we used to tell the kids to move their noggin, which is now the all-purpose term Noggin! used whenever someone else is in the way. To the point that when we're struggling through the Sunday crowds at church my 2yo daughter will yell "Noggin, make-a-hole! Noggin, make-a-hole!"

Also: from the past several years of weighing decisions, my husband Dragoon and I call things not "pros and cons" but "Kirks and Kahns".

[ August 14, 2008, 08:32 PM: Message edited by: Sachiko ]

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Funny stuff.
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Hank
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Jose Hawtpants definitely sounds like someone the Teen Girl Squad would be interested in.
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I just had this exchange of emails with my dad:

Me: I thought "fudpucker" was a word. I've used it in conversation and people seemed to know what I was talking about. But I can't find anything online using "fudpucker" to mean "garment bag." Do *you* know where it came from?

Dad: Yup! We had a cheap garment bag once that had the logo of Fudpucker World Airlines, which you can google. Apparently their motto was "We fly by night". And also "Serving the world since it was square".

!!! This means that I've spent at least twenty-five years with this word in my vocabulary, never realizing that it was a classic example of a "household phrase"!

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Whoa, that's awesome! I think we should do all we can to bring "fudpucker" into the standard lexicon.
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[ROFL]
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**Politically Incorrect Warning**

Apparently one of my acquaintances, upon meeting one of my friends, who is overweight, exclaimed "Oh no! [Name] has Dunlap Disease!" "What?" "His stomach done lapped over his belt!" I hear he wasn't too amused. I've never used the phrase and the only times I've ever heard it used were to tell that story.

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Many of my friends play WoW so phrases from there have migrated into our daily conversations. l2play = learn to play -> "learn to eat," "learn to drive," etc. In my head I'm saying "srsly?" a lot. Like, "You called to ask me that? Srsly?" Then there are the non-wow stuff. My bf and I express frustration by going "Meeoooow!"
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My boyfriend meows at me if I refuse to tell him something.
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Oh and we use "wriggle" as a term for cell phone like "Where did you leave your wriggle?" It's because he jokes that I call him when I need to stress/vent/meow at him.
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Well, it may not be as humorous as some, but when my sister had kids, she had to learn to control her potty mouth. So, one of her favorite phrases for some one who was full of baloney, was 'crappy crunchola'. As in, 'Ah..., that a bunch of crappy crunchola', which never failed to get a laugh from the kids.
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Mike
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dabbler, for a while I frequently used the phrase "malk you stinly", in my head, after you made me play that distimmed gostak game. (Kyoto and Nara were amazing, by the way. This whole trip has been pretty amazing, actually.)
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If it looks like it's going to rain outside, one of us will say, "Tut, tut".

And Tova is "Tovalicious". Sometimes followed by one of us singing, "She's the ultimate Tova, Tovalicious..."

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Ooh I want to hear where you ended up going in Kyoto. I gave you such a long list O.o
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