Ever heard of cryptophasia? Nah? Me neither until I googled twin talk and this word showed up. Cryptophasia is a phenomenon of a language developed by twins (identical or fraternal) that only the two children could understand. How about that!
Now I don’t for a minute think that my twins are fluent in cryptophasian(?) but they certainly do have some odd words that have fallen into current vernacular. Obviously, this is because they easily understand each other and converse between themselves more and more. It also could be due to their poor listening skills and my lazy diction. Both of which almost nearly made me crash the car on the dual carriageway when Freddie mispronounced our destination – Buckfast…
…don’t make me clarify that. You’ll have to work it out for yourselves I’m afraid.
Anyway I thought I’d introduce you to a few more little gems that have become part of the lingua franca in our house.
Yest-overs – when mummy serves you food from the day before.
Sofacate – what will happen to your brother if you pile all the cushions from the settee on his head.
Play on the ‘pluter – what daddy does at work all day.
Spaghetti lemonade – similar to spaghetti Bolognese, in fact exactly like spaghetti Bolognese.
Upside – not exactly the garden and not exactly upstairs. The imaginary space in-between.
Grandma’s house – The place where grandma lives and where grandad can occasionally be found. Under no circumstances is this grandad’s residence. He is simply a house guest that Grandma very kindly let’s hang around.
Grandmother dear – If you read your children too many fairy stories they will inevitably refer to grandma thus.
The doctor on the bus says any more fares – Because who under the age of 40 knows what a conductor is?
Sweet home – where you go at the end of the day or after preschool. As in
“Where are we going, mummy?”
“Home sweet home.”
“Noooooooo!!! Don’t want to go sweet home.”
How about your children? Do they have any funny words or amusing sayings? Please share them with us as we always love reading your comments.
Cheers lovers xxx