Friday, June 24, 2016

My Kids Crack Me Up

Occasionally I often have to quickly find a scrap of paper just to jot something amusing down that my kids say.  I've found that if I don't write it down right then and there, I'll forget it.  What's more upsetting that the forgetting, is remembering that I've forgotten what they said although I'll remember that it was funny.  I always have the best intentions of transferring my notes from the scraps of paper to a journal of some kind but in all the chaos of daily shenanigans, I forget.  So every now and then I'll run across a random scrap of paper, go to throw it out, look at it first because I wonder what it is, and then see that it's a note of something my kids said that is funny and I'll keep the scrap of paper only to forget all about it again.  Rinse, repeat.

Here are three of the most recent notes from scraps I've found:

"Little Cat T upgraded the pepper!"  
I have NO idea what this was referring to.  Maybe a game app on my phone?

"As I was putting the dog in the oven, I quickly switched the dog with the doughnut."
I'm hoping this was the same game.  We have three dogs.  Let's hope they're not in any danger.

"Adogable" - This is the sniglet (no I didn't make up that word) that my youngest daughter came up with to combine adorable and our dogs.  She calls our dogs, "adogable".

And in case you really DID think I made up the word, "sniglet"...

A Sniglet has been defined by American comedian Rich Hall as "a word that doesn't appear in the dictionary but should."  Hall coined the term while performing in the HBO series Not Necessarily the News (1983-1990) and between 1984 and 1990 compiled several volumes of sniglets.

There are some really good ones that people have made up.  Just think of the Jabberwocky story.  Do a Google search for "sniglet" and you'll find a lot.  Here are some I like.

foodwinking - The practice of giving exotic names to otherwise mundane products. For example, "Salsa Rio flavored Doritos"

pupkus - The moist residue left on a window after a dog presses its nose to it. (We have many pupkuses at our house.)

snackmosphere - The 95% air inside bags of potato chips.
gapiana - The little strip of land between the "You are now leaving" and "You are now entering" signs when you cross from one state into another.  (I've always wondered about that area.)
profanitype - The special symbols used by cartoonists to replace swear words (points, asterisks, stars, and so on).  It is yet to be determined which specific character represents which specific expletive.
antalixic - One who passes over licorice jelly beans. (We have a 50/50 antalixic population in our house.)
mallmanac - In a mall, the giant maze with blocks and numbers on it, otherwise known as the "Directory".
cinemuck  - The combination of popcorn, soda, and melted chocolate which covers the floors of movie theaters.  (Yuck.  And the smell!)
hereoglyph - A little stick figure dude on a mallmanac that tells you where you are in a mall with the "You Are Here" status.
jiffylust  - The inability to be the first person to carve into a brand-new beautiful jar of peanut butter.  (It doesn't have to be Jiffy, but man-oh-man, the first person that does that in our kitchen is in heaven for the .3 seconds it takes to take the first scoop.)
wurblet  -  The line of moisture on one's trousers that comes from leaning against a wet counter in a public restroom.  (This is one of my pet peeves.  I'm a petite person and therefore, leaving water all over the sink will get my shirt wet unless I notice it before I lean into the sink and clean up someone else's mess.  You're in the doghouse if you do this in my home with my sinks!)
circuloin technique - The popular approach to steak dining in which one eats around the edges first, then works his way toward the middle.  (I am SO guilty of this.  And it's not just with steaks.  It's with pretty much ALL foods.  My friends tease me about it all the time.)

Do you have any sniglets that your family uses?

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