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Family Words

In my family, we honor silliness and made-up words.

For instance, when I was a toddler, I called my parents ‘Rushmore.’ No one knows why, least of all me. Of course this stuck like glue to my family’s lexicon, and for years my parents called each other ‘Rushmore’ as a term of endearment.

Much later, my husband and I started using ‘fordor’ as a cuss word around our son, as a way to avoid using actual four-letter words in his presence. It’s been so long ago that I have no idea where the word came from or how; only that it’s still in use around our house today.

Do you use made-up words in your household?