Every family speaks their own language. I’m not talking about English or Chinese or Spanish. I’m talking about the little phrases and deliberate mispronunciations that every family develops throughout time.
Here is a translation of how we speak over here at Bunkersdown.
You’re a good cat. Translation: You are a pretty awesome person. Or could be used to mean: I approve of what you have done.
That’s a bad cat. Translation: A phrase that used to mean the opposite of the above phrase, but has now come to be used when referring to a wrecked or beat up car.
Kooon-aid. Translation: kool-aid. Preferably a lemonade based kool-aid.
Oh my goodness. There’s gonna be a sheep race! Translation: an expression used to signal great excitement or anticipation. First originated during the Indiana State Fair when over stimulated four year old, hyped up on snow-cones, visited the sheep barn.
Hangaburger. Translation: hamburgers, served with or without a bun.
I yike it. I yike it a yot. Translation: a phrase used to express favorable feelings towards something or someone.
Hold you me. Translation: please carry me up the stairs to bed. Thank you.
Roe! Translation: A strong and extremely negative verbal response to a simple question. Best used with a physical demonstration of displeasure. Example: “Are you ready for bed?” “ROE!” <foot stomps.>
So…how many vacuums you got in this place? Translation: Something that is said to both signal approval and alleviate awkwardness when visiting someplace new.
Concussion stand. Translation: Concession stand.
Pampanks: Translation: Pancakes.
“Goodnight, see you in the morning.” “Unless I’m dead.” Translation: An oddly comforting bedtime routine used between father and son every single night. (It’s not more sinister than that whole bedbug biting shtick, at any rate.)
Hee Lay-lays. Translation: Shoelaces.
A Yiggel Dink of Wa-wa. Translation: A little drink of water. Originated in 1980 when my youngest sister began talking. We still use it today, 34 years later.
Master these phrases, Gentle Reader, and you would fit in perfectly at Bunkersdown. What funny sayings or words does your family use?