I bet your family has its own little language of sorts–and I don’t mean apraxic mumbo-jumbo or sign language. What I am talking about is silly little nicknames and phrases that everyone in the family knows and understands, but those outside of your family would raise an eyebrow to. Huh? Think about a typical day and then think about the expressions you might, uh express….
My grandmother used to say these goofy things-
- “No pain, no gain”
- “Waste not, want not”
- “Beauty is only skin deep”
Well, I say these goofy little things and abbreviate accordingly…
- “You wear me out” (WMO) Sigh.
- “Good to know ” (GTK)
- “Turd-like behavior” (TLB) Actually, this one is always said as an acronymn. I sort of lump “turd” into the psuedo bad-word category, along with “stupid” and “crap.”
- “Honey Bunches of Oats” (HBO) —or anther affectionate term for your little darlings
- I Love You (ILY)
So, taking all of these little sayings and making a sentence, it might sound like “HBO you WMO, but ILY anyway.” Or “HBO–no TLB please!” Or, when my 5-year old calls me a “dummy poo-poo bottom head,” I just might reply with, “GTK!”
Call it texting for mommies, but it gets the job done and everyone knows what I mean. Not that your grandma would understand, but you get the message. Happy Tuesday!