Share your family's made up words

Wednesdays are usually the times when I share an obscure word or a deeper meaning of a commonly used word.  Since we've been celebrating Dr. Seuss this week, I thought I'd ask you all to share your own favorite made up words/terms this Word of the Week. Dr. Seuss made up silly, nonsense words and terms for his books.  It's what made his books so much fun.  Some made up words eventually find their way into the dictionary.  Many of the words we commonly use today were made up by a man named William Shakespeare. My family has made up words and terms.  My daughter and son made up the word "nork," a combination of the word nerd and dork which they affectionately use with each other as a term of endearment.  My son claims to be the Supreme Alpha Nork to Infinity, which I suppose, is a high honor.  lol What words has your family made up?  Please share your family's word stories. If you liked this post, please subscribe to our RSS feed and share the link…


  • JoJo

    It’s never too late for a good family word story! Thanks for sharing, Susan!

  • Susan Hutchinson

    JoJo, Is it too late for me to add one? When our middle daughter was 2 (now 9) she couldn’t say “compost” but called it “pontoast”. Compost has been “pontoast” ever since. :)

  • JoJo

    What wonderful stories you all had! Thanks for sharing them with me and my readers. What a delight.

  • Lisa Buffaloe

    Love this, JoJo! A family member who is easily irritated with drivers who aren’t paying attention calls them Obliviots — oblivious idiots

  • Tara Jenner

    We have had Great Danes for years. They tend to drool a lot. This stuff is very sticky (think industrial strength glue when dried). We call it “Snark”.

    Being sick in our house is called “gacking” and your rear end is called your “bumpy” which was coined by my daughter when she fell down once when very little and I said “Bump”!

    She used to also call doing #2 “plop plops” for obvious reasons LOL

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