What is Your Family’s Secret Language?

Elvish housekeeping instructions (via http://derhobbit-film.de/)

Family units are like their own sub-cultures, and in many cases we have our own languages – or at least jargons – where we use words or phrases, either real or made-up, to mean things they don’t for other people, on an even deeper level than just the regional differences that give us variations like “soda,” “pop,” and “coke.” For example, in our family, we have the following special words:

patookie” – leftover from when our boys were little, this is a substitute for “butt”
perambulation” – we use this, instead of “walk,” so our dogs won’t freak out with excitement
bacca” – for grandpa, again from our boys’ childhoods when they mashed up one grandfather who loves trains, and Star Wars, into “Choo Choo Bacca”
magical thingie” – instead of “treat,” again so the dogs don’t go nuts when it’s time for their snack

So, what are the words or phrases in your family’s secret language?

Ken is a husband and father from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works as civil engineer. He became the Publisher of GeekDad in 2007, and the owner in 2010. He also wrote the NYT bestselling GeekDad series of project books for parents and kids to share.