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    Posted on Jan 13, 2018

    People Are Sharing Words That Only Their Family Uses, And It's Hilariously Relatable

    What words have your family totally made up and continued to use to this day?

    Does your family use words that are totally made up? If so, you're not alone.

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    When I was little, my sister called McDonald's "Dabbles," and we still call it that to this day.

    Doctoral language student Iva Cheung asked her Twitter followers what words are in their "familiolect."

    What words, expressions, or pronunciations are unique to your familiolect? Quote-tweet with your favourites!

    Her own example was how her family uses "responsible" as a verb, meaning to do anything...well, responsible.

    Growing usage in my household: "responsible" as a verb. "Will you responsible the dishes?" "I've reponsibled the trash." cf. "adulting"

    The responses starting pouring in. Tomatoes are "termerders" in one family.

    @Torcherama @IvaCheung Around my house, we say "termerders".

    Babies don't poop, they have a "bottom event."

    "Bottom event" = a baby has either parped or pooped (i.e. we heard something happen). https://t.co/mHbONZGkmY

    Oh, and pizza crusts are the bones of the pizza.

    We used to refer to uneaten pizza crusts as "pizza bones". And my dad calls the room where is computer is the "comp… https://t.co/ZQ6DVadntX

    Could you hand me the TV box?

    My whole family calls the remote the tv box. No one ever knows what were talking about. https://t.co/F1KESaYEBf

    Who foofed?!

    My cousins weren't allowed to say fart when we were kids and we had to follow that rule at their house. They could… https://t.co/0PihC1cwBk

    UM.

    @IvaCheung As a kid I pronounced sausages as “hostages”. God help anyone who hears us say “we’re having hostages fo… https://t.co/EeTv5mJ8dj

    One family even has an entire dictionary of the many words in its familiolect.

    @IvaCheung We seriously have so many in my family that I wrote them all down in a dictionary for my dad's Christmas… https://t.co/3cyAkCMuXQ

    What are the words in your family that make outsiders say "WTF"?

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