Rinee tells BuzzFeed her website came about after watching The West Wing:
A few years ago, I did an illustration project called Seinfood, and my favorite part about it was that people were sharing it with their friends and family because of a shared nostalgia from watching the show together. I was recently watching an old episode of The West Wing, and one of the characters said a strange word and then said he realized that it was probably just a word his mother made up, and it occurred to me that that probably happens to people all the time.
2. The Quincy.
A small defect in our bathtub. Like a small brown burn mark (noun) kwin-zee.
Somehow, it became known as “The Quincy.” We tried to avoid touching it. I remember sitting in the tub terrified of it. My mom would say “It’s just The Quincy, it won’t hurt you.”
- Robbie W., Riverside, California
You’re in trouble! (exc) pah-stuh fah-jaw-law. “My grandma always said it in a raised voice. We thought it was a bad word so we’d say it to other kids at the park when we were mad at them and we always got weird looks. I realized later that it means pasta and beans in Italian. ”
- Katherine R., Playa del Rey, California
A junky snack food (noun) gee-duhngk. “We’ve got some geedunks on the kitchen counter if you want a snack.”
- Matt W., San Diego, California