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Creative and entertaining original household words passed from generation to generation

Family Words

A Dictionary of the Secret Language of Families

By Paul Dickson

$14.95 • Trade Paper • ISBN 9781933338170

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Providing a vast collection of words developed in households across the
country and through the decades, this creative reference book defines
crafty words created within specific families. These words carry
significant meaning within the originating family unit but are
meaningless to those outside. For example, a "gluebottom" is the name
for the guest who would not leave and "ootocks" became the expression
for shoes and socks when a child was unable to pronounce the words
individually. This dictionary includes the stories and interpretation
necessary for all readers to appreciate these amusing and useful words
and phrases.