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The Secret Language of Families

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One thing I love about families is the secret code or language that they use!

I’m sure that we are not alone in having a large vocabulary of words and phrases that are unique to us. They are things that have perhaps been mispronounced by children and have then stuck and become ingrained in our everyday language but probably seem like nonsense to outsiders. Half the time, we don’t even realise we are using this language outside of the home until we notice the blank stares around us!

Today, I decided to make myself a new mini rucksack handbag. I just wanted something simple, so adapted one of my old designs. I was just about to sew the bag together when I shouted to no-one in particular “Aargh! I’ve just sewn the teeth on the back of the neck again!!” Caitlin came running through knowing full well that I had just made some idiotic mistake. This goes back to one of my earlier sewing experiences when making a little dinosaur hat for Peter I realised…… well you get the picture!


Happily, I did get the bag finished and with a quick redesign it does have functional straps, but it did get me thinking about all the other phrases we now use as part of our everyday language. I could fill a dictionary with them all, and I don’t want to give away too many of my secrets, but will let you in on a few of my favourites…024

I regularly ask Peter to “put a biscuit in the alcatrain” and he knows to put the powder in the dishwasher.

"Onka bonka" is often said instead of thank you!

Peter also enjoys playing on the “evaporators” at school. Any don’t worry! Most other people call them the apparatus!


Now, I am assuming that we are not the only family with crazy phrases. Write a comment below and let us know some of your unique family words or phrases!

All the best,

Debbie x 

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  1. Debbie

    Guess I had another "sewing the teeth on the back of the neck" moment there as I posted this a day early! School holidays mess with my internal calendar! :)

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