Wednesday, August 4, 2010


I graduated from grade school, high school and college (not some online thing. A real college with buildings and stuff). I didn't party much at all, but I did take Nyquil when I was sick. I say all that to say this - something is wrong with me.

Maybe its my hearing, or maybe its my brain, but something definitely is wrong with me.

I have come to call it - Jeffinese. It is a language unto itself. I create words that sound close to what they are supposed to be, but not exactly what they should be.

A few examples;

1. I said a lady had Post Mortum Possession, and she actually had Postpartum Depression. Not joking about the situation. I know it is serious, but it is an example of what I'm talking about. Again, I'm not joking about the situation,
2. I've called Jennifer, Jessica and vice versa. Sorry to all the Jessicas and Jennifers out there,
3. I called Joran Van Der Sloot, "Yonder Van Snoot",
4. I constantly can't remember certain names of actors in movies, and describe them as, "That girl in the TV show with the monkey who was a CPA".

Now, I picked the best wife (the 2nd time) in the world, because she translates Jeffinese perfectly (well, most times). Anyway, my wife is awesome.

I've not heard women do this much, but my cousin used to mangle lyrics all the time. For instance, ABBA's Fernando. She would mumble the lyrics to the verses softly (including some Spanish words here and there (like Taco, Tostada, etc), and then belt out loudly, "Fernando!" when it came up in the lyrics of the song.

So do you or your significant other mangle words like myself or my cousin does (Truth be told, she probably doesn't do it anymore) or did?

Come on, fess up. :)


Daisygirl said...

I have my own language...even started my own Jen urban dictionary!

I forgive you for calling me Jessica ;)
Always good when you find someone that can understand you language!

Piedmont Writer said...

I always forget actor's names and am constantly saying things like that. "You know, the guy who was in that Band-aid commercial when he was 5 then did the show with the dolphin, and then starred with the other actor with the black hair when they did that show from outer space. Now he's on Dr. Dru. Yeah, that guy."

Someone always seems to know who I'm talking about.

Cheeseboy said...

Too funny. Post pardum...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My wife creates new words almost daily. Greafy Leens is my favorite.

UnicycleRose said...

I think we all jumble up words...I love the term "jeffinese", way creative!

Farmers Wifey said...

Foot in mouth anyone??