When I was growing up, my Dad made up the fictitious 'Charlie Farnsbarns' who was to blame for everything that went wrong in our house, or anything that couldn't be explained. If the keys got lost, Charlie Farnsbarns had moved them. If I didn't understand something, it was because Charlie Farnsbarns had jumbled it up. I remember being mystified on a Devon caravan holiday that Charlie Farnsbarns had locked the site gate so we couldn't get it - how did he know we were going?! It took me a long time to figure out that old Charlie didn't actually exist!
And in our family now, my son thinks one Weetabix is a Weetabic. Sometimes when he gets home from nursery he has supper (usually breakfast cereal) and he refuses to believe that the meal is called anything other than breakfast. So he always has breakfast just before he goes to bed! Other funny sayings that are unique to us are:
- The opposite of little is lottle. Sometimes we get a lottle sad when things don't go our way.
- Weaning foods are mush. Not purees or smooth food. Mush.
- All motorways are the M69. Who knows why, they just are.