Dictionary of your family's made-up words

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Refreshener - \ ri-ˈfresh-nər
A pool of sauce or syrup with which one may "refresh" one's food throughout a meal

Joggings - \ jah'-ginz

your contributions, please

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 7 February 2019 18:29 (four years ago) link

Does it count if they are words adapted from babytalk/childhood mispronunciations? I know we have a few of those.

peace, man, Thursday, 7 February 2019 18:34 (four years ago) link


A Haircut.

origin: when i was 4, i used to call haircuts "peecuts", and no one corrected me for years

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 February 2019 18:35 (four years ago) link

Are You Hung?
A way of asking if the family is hungry. The only person who says this is my mother. She doesn't know that it also has another connotation, and everyone is afraid to say anything because we don't talk about penises, and she's been saying it for 30+ years now. She has also used this phrase in front of non-family as well, on rare but unforgettable occasions.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 February 2019 18:37 (four years ago) link

karates = creeps (as in feelings of dread)
"I don't want to watch Little Mermaid, that squid lady gives me the karates."

This word was coined because the word "creeps" gave my daughter the karates.

― Rock Hardy (Rock Hardy), Saturday, July 16, 2005 7:35 AM (thirteen years ago)

ILX Moderator: It's Like a Pressure Wash for Your Insides (WmC), Thursday, 7 February 2019 18:39 (four years ago) link

For unexplained reasons, when we were wee children my father used to refer to piss as "dickel", and pissing as "going dickel".

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 7 February 2019 19:03 (four years ago) link

when you were what type of children?

The Very Fugly Caterpillar (sic), Thursday, 7 February 2019 19:30 (four years ago) link

dickel children

peace, man, Thursday, 7 February 2019 19:31 (four years ago) link

you found the joke

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 7 February 2019 19:36 (four years ago) link

If you have loads of words noone outside your fam understands it means you're close. My family had a shitload of made-up words. My fave was pazetaters (refers to potatoes, in dutch patatten).

nathom, Thursday, 7 February 2019 20:54 (four years ago) link

Oh another chikakletten (chewing gum).

nathom, Thursday, 7 February 2019 20:55 (four years ago) link

strikes me that we have lots of these but i don't remember most of them. i see my family once a year for a week or two so that perhaps explains it.

"having the darkness" is our little family euphemism for depression.

my dad would make Spanish/English compound words like "plonkerón" instead of "plonker".

childhood mispronunciation words that still will be referenced occasionally include "bayoon" for "balloon"

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 7 February 2019 21:36 (four years ago) link

"full of wee glads" - not unique to my family a google search for the exact phrase pulls up 2 results from forums - when someone is in a peppy mood

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 7 February 2019 21:39 (four years ago) link

When you stir up various foods, especially dessert, to make a big mixture in a bowl that is a GLOPTIOUS PLOPFUL.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Saturday, 9 February 2019 08:29 (four years ago) link

When combining several leftovers into an improvised supper, my dad would call it "obben-globben". My wife thinks this was a slight corruption of "abend globben", based on the german word for evening (abend).

A is for (Aimless), Saturday, 9 February 2019 20:33 (four years ago) link

My daughter coined “swoll” (n., v.) for baby vomit.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 9 February 2019 20:50 (four years ago) link

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