I don’t know if everyone’s family is like this. But when I grew up, mine liked to sort of invent words to describe certain things. These words became embedded in our family culture and are still used today. This concept has been developed over time and I am about to share with you some of my favourite words which are so descriptive by nature, our English language pales by comparison! Yes it does. So. What are they? (BTW, you get points if you use these words in a comment!)
Ponky: (pong-kee) Pertaining to a rough surface, when smoothness is required. Usually relates to hairstyles, from an era when smoothness was ‘in’. Of course the more ponky look is very glam now – the ponkier the better.
Tulupsty: (cha-lōōp-stee) This is about texture, especially moistness. Often used during cooking to determine whether a cake mix is tulupsty enough, or whether it needs more wet ingredients.
Pelchy: (Pel-chee) My cousin Rod always had a pelchy bum. Pelchy is a positive term used to describe roundess. Can also refer to cheeks when smiling. A bloke in E’s class at school always had “ping pong balls in his cheeks” because they were pelchy when he smiled.
Pob Pob: (pob pob) The proper term for rolled oat porridge. Pob pob is a much better word because it describes the very nature of the cooking process as it plops and blips slowly during the simmering stage. Also must be combined with bung bungs (the proper term for sultanas).
Glunker: (glung-ka) A derogatory term used to describe poor driving capacity of every other driver on the road. Most effective when used by Bull (my father).
So there you have them. I have always thought this was completely normal in my family, until other people looked at me funny. So. What word would you use to describe this phenomenon of a family language? Anybody?