Family · Words

All In A Muddle


Words are hard.

There’s just so many of them, and they are spelled funny, have weird pronunciations, and are just generally tough to get your mouth (and brain) around.

This is especially the case when you’re a child, but also pretty much everyone I know hs something they just struggle with as an adult, too.

Of course, these oops moments often end up in the vocabulary of related groups – friends or family that were around at the time etc – and thus live on forever.

A few of our family classics that have now become running jokes and stayed in use include:

  • Radigator (Radiator. Courtesy of my big brother when he was less big.)
  • Minellium (Millennium. My big sister. Back when we used to say it a lot.)
  • Dilocroc (Crocodile. My brother in law, when he saw them on holiday with my sister. He fits in well with the family!)
  • Munsiple (Municiple. Me, reading it as we drove past a building when I was a teen. My parents were very amused. They still are, in fact.)
  • Mazagine (Magazine. My mum, who I hold personally responsible for my regular inability to get letters in the right order. I clearly inherited it from her.)
  • Amblience. (Ambulance. This is one of Tori and Arthur’s. It was very funny when they learned to read and Tori asked ‘Why do you say Amblience when it is spelled Ambulance?’)

Have you got any to add to the list?

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