1950 Memories of Suburban Adventures

My family, like most every other, used euphemisms for body parts and functions. Passed gas was a pookie, and pookies came out of dookies. Number one was wee-wee and number two was kacky which also came out of a dookie.

David and I couldn’t believe our ears when we heard a type of clothing existed called khaki pants. For days we worked the words kacky pants into every other sentence. The word kacky was pronounced slowly and loudly to make sure Mom and Dad heard. Most of our enjoyment was being able to say something with a double meaning and a little naughty.

Other family’s euphemisms sounded silly, unlike our own which seemed normal. Some friends referred to number two as ‘poopy’. Aunt Sophi and her daughters called number one ‘tinkle’ and number two ‘job-job.’ We couldn’t wait to ask, “Is Daddy at his job-job?”

Fast forward: My sweetie and my pet names for each other are Pookie and Dookie. Sounds so cute, but only my family knows the definition behind the words. Oops, now you do, too.

Fast forward further: My oldest son came home to tell me the newest bit of knowledge shared by his kindergarten buddies. He indignantly asked, “Hey Mom, how come you never told me that girls have a ma-china?” Twenty years later, the unbiological term ma-china still pops up in our household.

Fast forward even further: During a family vacation at Hyannis Port, my two young teenaged boys came close to getting us tarred, feathered, and ridden out on a rail. They not too subtly guessed which inhabitants were high anuses and which were low anuses.

Lesson learned: Gertrude Stein said, “A rose is a rose is a rose.” The same holds true for – a hiney is a butt is a dookie. It doesn’t matter what we call things, but some words are more fun to say than others.

Now it’s your turn: What funny words did you use?

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  1. CJ says:

    Haha! You’re too funny!

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