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20 November 2013 @ 12:48 am
Words!  
My mum accused me of garfling today, and it got me thinking about something. Does anyone else have words or phrases that are unique to their family, or at least not commonly heard where you grew up?

My family words:
Garfle -- to mess up a basket of folded laundry in search of an item near the bottom.
Chuff -- what the printer does when it keeps spitting paper out with one or two characters on it.
Gros pitune -- an overweight person, who is nonetheless adorable
Nose draft -- the window in the back of a van that only opens slightly
"Get in the car, Martha!" -- a phrase stemming from a vacation my parents took where there was an older gentlemen bellowing at his wife to 'get in the picture, Martha!', which was apparently funny enough to become a catchphrase between them. Now used to tell someone to hurry up.
"Nothing broke!" -- called upon creating a loud noise, stemming from my klutzy tendencies as a child and my assurances that no assistance was required.
 
 
 
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 21st, 2013 02:50 am (UTC)
My mom and I don't have specific phrases that indicate a specific thing. But we do have random phrases we shout to each other.

When I still lived with her and when I visit her, on Wednesdays she or I would sometimes shout "Garbage Day!!!" to each other because we once saw it in a horror movie and the delivery was so randomly crazy it bears repeating whenever it is Garbage Day at her house.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 21st, 2013 03:46 am (UTC)
Hehe! I was just wondering of other people pick up things like that like we do.

There was a lady my mum used to work with, who had a person photo bomb her family at an aquarium and they've developed a whole mythology about this person. They call him Corky, and every year they give each other really awful gifts 'from him' as though he were a member of the family.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 21st, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
Apparently someone with a youTube account agrees with me and my mother:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7gIpuIVE3k

They call him Corky, and every year they give each other really awful gifts 'from him' as though he were a member of the family.

That's both hilarious and creepy. In other words, perfection.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 21st, 2013 04:09 am (UTC)
Ha! Yes, I can see why that would stick with you.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 23rd, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
We also randomly say, "You buy...lucky cat?" whenever we spot Chinese lucky cats in shop windows. Thanks, Writers of Sherlock.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 23rd, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
Hee! Oh, dear.

My mum uses 'it's dead, Jim' in a very Bones McCoy voice whenever something's batteries have run out. We also use 'is that the whole chain, or just the local branch?' from 'O, Brother where art thou?' whenever Woolworth's is mentioned, due to my mother almost literally ROLFing because of it, for reasons she could never quite articulate. It made the Woolwoth episode of Mr Selfrige very interesting.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 23rd, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
I saw an entire wall of lucky cats waving at me when I was at a food booth yesterday. I sent a photo of it to my mom with the caption of "They bought...lucky cats?"

My mum uses 'it's dead, Jim' in a very Bones McCoy voice whenever something's batteries have run out.

Tee hee! Bones has so many good quotables.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 23rd, 2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
I saw an entire wall of lucky cats waving at me when I was at a food booth yesterday. I sent a photo of it to my mom with the caption of "They bought...lucky cats?"

Ha! Awesome!

I do randomly love that the set decorators for Sherlock added a lucky cat to 221B. I'd love to know whether it was Sherlock or John who went back to buy one, or if John was eventuality persuaded to buy one from the lady, or if it was some sort of gag gift to the other for a birthday or Christmas. It seems like a Sherlock way of gift giving, 'remember that case where you and your girlfriend were almost killed? Good times.'

I love it when set decorators go the extra mile.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 23rd, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
I never noticed that there's now a lucky cat at 221B. Canon!Sherlock does like to keep mementos and trophies from his cases so perhaps that's why it cropped up.

Oh! Very randomly I had a dream last night where I was watching a new episode of Sherlock. The scene that I was watching involved John shouting at Sherlock about a mess he'd left lying around (glass, chemical, ect.) mainly because John worries that Abby would get to them. During the dream the conversation felt totally normal. When I woke up I realized my brain has accepted your Abby!verse as show canon. Well done!
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 23rd, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
When I woke up I realized my brain has accepted your Abby!verse as show canon. Well done!

I am both thrilled and horrified by this. Especially since your scenario is entirely within the realms of possibility. I can just picture Sherlock going 'this is my house, I can do what I want! You're not the boss of me!' in response, too. Speaking of Abby, I saw this the other day, and it became instant headcanon. I feel like this it what happens when Sherlock baby-sits.

Did you see that John has updated his blog?
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 24th, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
Did you see that John has updated his blog?

I did not! I need to check that out.

Hahaha! That photo. Sherlock is a bare minimum sort of babysitter. As long as the child doesn't get damaged, it's a win.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 24th, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
It's a bit of a sad entry, but I am highly approving of the 'moving on' theme to it.


Hahaha! That photo. Sherlock is a bare minimum sort of babysitter. As long as the child doesn't get damaged, it's a win.


Hee! I'm picturing there being a wall of 221B covered in ink as well, and Sherlock just sort of approving of the rebellion but terrified of Mrs Hudson's wrath.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 24th, 2013 01:06 am (UTC)
I'm picturing there being a wall of 221B covered in ink as well, and Sherlock just sort of approving of the rebellion but terrified of Mrs Hudson's wrath.

John would probably offer to pay to have it painted over, which Mrs. Hudson would sweetly refuse.

Because she's planning on either making Sherlock paint it over or just add it to his rent.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 24th, 2013 01:10 am (UTC)
Ha!

"No, John, if you do it, he'll never learn."

And Sherlock loudly complaining that Abby should be the one painting, it's not his fault, why do you always take her side.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 24th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
it's not his fault, why do you always take her side.

John: She's my child.
Sherlock: I'm your former flatmate, Mrs. Hudson is your former landlady. Now that we've all established our relationships to one another, answer the question!
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 24th, 2013 01:38 am (UTC)
LOL!

John: She's two, Sherlock, she doesn't know better.
Sherlock: At two, I was already solving cases! I didn't need someone ensuring that I knew where it was appropriate to use a pen! *Abby starts crying*
John: Sherlock!
Sherlock: *panicked look* I'm sorry. That was uncalled for. I'll ring for a painter tomorrow.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 24th, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
*Abby starts crying*
John: Sherlock!
Sherlock: *panicked look* I'm sorry. That was uncalled for. I'll ring for a painter tomorrow.


Haha! Crying child trumps all.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 24th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
Abby: Sherlock loves me!
Sherlock: That is a very poor deduction of the facts.



formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 24th, 2013 01:43 am (UTC)
John: That's right, Abby. Sherlock loves you.
Sherlock: I see you intend on not teaching your child anything important.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 24th, 2013 01:46 am (UTC)
John: No, we're trying to raise a well-adjusted child, actually.
Sherlock: I'm perfectly well-adjusted.
John: You pretended to jump off a building and were dead for two years, and you've just tried to make a toddler paint a wall for you.
Sherlock: Why do you keep stating the obvious as though it's an argument?

Edited at 2013-11-24 01:46 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 24th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
I have this strange desire to combine your Abby!Verse with my Greg&Connie!Verse which also includes Q!Verse.

I think my brain is trying to condense everything down to make it somehow easier. HAHA EASIER! Silly, brain.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 24th, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)
I wrote a Christmas fic, and I kept thinking I should maybe give Lestrade someone to mention he was seeing or something, but then I couldn't come up with someone better than Murphy, so I didn't. And I keep wanting Q and Abby to meet. I put Alec in the Abby verse to save me some verses, but I did have a bit of fic with him and Q in it at one point. And I like the idea of Connie being in the Q verse. I don't see her taking much crap from the Holmes boys.

I intend to try and write some canon stuff before Series Three starts, to make sure I can still do it.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 24th, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)
I've sort of resigned myself that I won't be able to write anymore substantial fic before Series Three starts. I have bits of Anna getting used to England and meeting Sally who is kind of a cool older sister to her. I also wanted to get to the part in the entire story when Lestrade officially adopts her but, but, but so many words, so little time!
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 24th, 2013 02:00 am (UTC)
I'm sorry. Both because I like to read your stories, and because I know you'd like to write them. But I enjoy ranting with you about things, so hopefully that will help get you through until you have enough time to put your word fairy to use. And hopefully Series Three will give us both some canon plot bunnies, before we write six seasons and a movie of our AU verses.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 24th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
The thing that I most worry about is that Series Three will feel like something is missing because there will be no Q or Alec. I'll keep wondering where Molly's wonderful boyfriend played my Tom Hiddleston is in every scene.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 24th, 2013 02:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm a bit worried about that myself. I've never written an AU for something currently airing. I wrote my Dresden one after the show was cancelled. Hopefully it will be good enough that we won't be sad. But I suppose we'll have our AUs to fall back on if we are. And it's only three episodes and then probably another two years, so we'll have more time to come up with weird ideas! Yay?
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 24th, 2013 02:07 am (UTC)
so we'll have more time to come up with weird ideas! Yay?

More kid!fic for you and more tragedy and angst for me!
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 24th, 2013 02:09 am (UTC)
At least we've accepted our lot in life. *nods*