Wednesday Open Thread – MT Glossary Edition

Happy Hump Day!

Today I’m thinking about our very special MotherTalkers lexicon. Over the years we’ve developed our very own language and short hand, but I’m not sure that we’ve ever stopped to catalogue it in one place. So why not now?

I’ll throw the first few out there, please feel free to add to the list!

SUCK IT – made famous by the inimitable Ms. Tina Fey, who I am certain would fit in fabulously among us. Can’t you just picture it? Her user name could be Liz LemonΒ  πŸ˜€

juice bag – a family-friendly version of douche bag. First coined by one of musicteacher’s son’s, who misheard some potty-mouthed juice bag at school.

Old Maybe – what my daughter used to call Old Navy. “Because maybe I want to buy this shirt, and maybe I don’t!”

Who wants to take a stab at SOD and the ol’ sack o’ doorknobs? What else have I missed?

Anything else on your mind today? Chat away!


77 thoughts on “Wednesday Open Thread – MT Glossary Edition

  1. we still call it Old Maybe.

    my favorite is “stabby” — I think that’s a snarkymom phrase? I use it constantly.

    the SOD is courtesy of my mom — who could throw a Stare of Death that would wither the most obnoxious of people… it’s a handy skill to have.

    • I will say, the SoD got me through big chunks of that meeting yesterday. It’s very effective, plus it was entertaining watching them just talk and talk and talk while I stared. They just dig themselves right into a hole.

      Wish I could take credit for stabby, but I don’t think that was me. One of the Rachels maybe? I like the variation “Fork Stabby” myself.

      • it might have been our aussie rachel.. πŸ˜‰

        the SOD is really the greatest thing ever isn’t it. it’s especially effective when one has glasses to look over. my mom would be so proud

        • It was mixed. They basically admitted that they held him out of the class because of his 504 (which is illegal) and we ultimately agreed that re-arranging his schedule to move him into the advanced class at this point would be too disruptive. They’re going to give him the final for the class he should have been in so they can figure out where the holes in his understanding are, then he’ll spend the rest of this year working one-on-one with our G&T person, filling in those gaps. (My guess is there won’t be many of them.) Then he’ll skip advanced 7th grade math next year and do…something they haven’t figured out yet. It could be the Algebra topics class the other kids are doing, or it could be an online course through our virtual charter school or Johns Hopkins or something else. I was very proud of DH- at one point they started making noises about just leaving H where he was because “we don’t always get to be fully challenged” and DH cut the principal off and told her that was simply unacceptable. She started again and he interrupted again- “Un. Acceptable.” Long quiet pause, then the counselor jumped in with what was ultimately the proposal we accepted.

          H was bummed about not being in the class, but I think he’s okay this morning. I bribed him with an offer to take an online computer security course he wants to sign up for and that perked him up a bit.

          • Is algebra 1 not the standard for 8th grade where you are? (I know common core is shooting this all to h3ll, but for now. . .) Because the math genius in my neighborhood got through algebra and geometry in middle school, then raced through the math in high school and was doing differential equations or some such post calc class at the nearby engineering university by senior year. It sounds like that would totally be up his alley, if they would/could jump start the math now. Or is it standard there to wait and do algebra 1 in high school?

            • They have an algebra 1 class in 8th grade that some students can take, but most kids don’t bother with it because it doesn’t count at the high school- they all have to take it again unless they can test out. Apparently the test is so nit picky and specific to the high school’s approach to Algebra that no one can test out, no matter where they’ve taken it. Very frustrating. One of the possibilities for this cohort of 8th graders (H’s 6th grade class of advanced math kids) is a special topics course that’s nothing but prep for the Algebra 1 exam, taught by the high school algebra teacher. That sounds like hell to me, but who knows where H will be by then. He may go the private school route if he can get a scholarship or e

              • No algebra until high school? That sucks – I can see why H is frustrated. Even with algebra offered in 8th grade, I was so bored and offended (mostly offended I think) by my 7th grade math curriculum that I refused to do any homework at all for that class. I can’t imagine how I’d have survived if I’d had to kill two years that way. CA math standards are kind of a mess but I think the majority of students take algebra in 8th here.

              • How much math does the high school offer? Do they even have calc, or does it stop with pre calc if the norm is to have 9th grade algebra? I’m assuming you have year long classes and not the idiotic block schedule that we have. I’ll spare you all my rant.

                • We do have the block- which I actually love- and I think there are a lot of options math-wise at the high school. (With the block they can move through courses twice as quickly.) Some kids also go over to the college for courses- usually in 11th and 12th grades, but sometimes earlier.

                  • Here the moving through more quickly has not panned out so well. Bunches of classes end up being year long – band, newspaper, yearbook are the obvious ones, but more and more AP classes are being converted to year long because the teachers feel a semester is too short. Jr and Sr. AP English, AP chem, calc ab & bc, and kiddo has heard that next year APUS History will be as well. Kiddo is trying to figure out how to get everything in she wants to take next year because of that.

                    All that said, kiddo likes block much better than I do. And her opinion should probably count for more. :)

        • Lol. Maybe not for anger but with respect to the excessively Botoxed? “Based on her looks, I’m guessing she probably has had her labia chopped.”

          Speaking of Botox, I read somewhere recently that they have Botox parties, kind of like Tupperware or candle or jewelry parties, where a dentist injects everybody’s forehead. I could see this in the Queen of Versailles world.

  2. I know “snarky” is not an MT term, specifically, but I don’t think I used it regularly until I heard MTs using it… I associate it with this group!

  3. “Meet fat baldy”–what you can say instead of flipping someone off, spurred by Lucy’s innocent planned introduction of her 1st grade teacher to her middle finger that is missing it’s fingertip and nail. This one had a big presence for a week or two and seems to have died out.

    • Juicebag and holy carp are probably the only ones I use IRL. I can’t use Katie’s SoD, because it falls too close to my own SoD – the Stare of Doom. I don’t think it’s quite the same thing but it is too important a parenting tool to exchange for something with wider applicability.

  4. I’d like some feedback on thought processes, if anyone can help out here. When I think, I always hear words. Even if I’m envisioning a picture of something, I hear the words to describe it. I’m beginning to think that my DS-11 is a picture thinker. He has always sort of stuttered and stammered as he searches around for the right word. I thought it was a process of thinking out loud as opposed to forming thoughts and then thinking them, but we recently stayed at a hotel that had a buffet breakfast. The boys went down on their own, and I later had this conversation with my younger son:

    Me: What did you have for breakfast?
    DS: Bacon and toast and… and fruit… the green fruit.
    Me: An apple?
    DS: No, the other green thing.
    Me: Honeydew melon?
    DS: Yeah, honeydew. And the orange thing.
    Me: Cantaloupe?
    DS: Yeah, cantaloupe.

    So yesterday, I asked him if he sees pictures or hears words in his head. He immediately and enthusiastically said pictures (as in, duh!). I’m wondering what this means in terms of learning. He is very smart, but he isn’t a good student. He’s easily distracted, disorganized, unfocused, the last one copying something off the board. He’s very social and loves to talk, but often you need to know what he’s saying in order to understand what he’s saying. Could these things be the product of picture thinking in a verbal world? Are the specific strategies we can use to make school easier for him? Or am I barking up the wrong tree here?

  5. I don’t know that stabby is mine, although I’ve used it. I’ll take on Sack O’Doorknobs, which is a Simpsons reference (the one where Homer forms the vigilante group). I just like the image of pissed-off moms swinging a heavy sack of doorknobs for justice.

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