They might not make it into the dictionary, or even be adopted into the language of the general population but it seems most families create at least one word that gets passed down the generations – usually coined by those wonderful little people in our lives.
‘Pass me a puggle stick’ (cotton bud) or ‘where’s my ging gong?’ (dressing gown) could be heard as I was growing up and yes, they are words that my children (and I suspect my nieces and nephews) now use too.
In fact this very blog is victim of the silly play on words we all do – ‘Chatoffee’ is actually a blend of ‘chat over coffee’
So, what made-up words and phrases are popular in the homes of Britain? My adorable (then) 2 year old daughter could frequently be heard shouting ‘bitch, bitch’, no, I hadn’t upset her, she just wanted a clip for her hair!
Perhaps one that won’t carry on through the generations though is ‘speed carrot’ for speed camera – as said by our (then) three year old daughter.
So, let me know what words your families have coined; let’s see if we can get them used so much they make the next edition of the OED!!