Every family has their own lingo that's only understood within the doors of their abode. Some of my fondest memories growing up involve fighting my younger brother over the dobber in an attempt to nix the constant stream of college football that graced our home's living room and the never-ending injury-inducing dobber tosses from my mom to my dad. After a few confused looks from visiting friends, I eventually realized that not everyone referred to their television's remote control like we did. In fact, we were probably the only ones in the world to call it a dobber—which made it that much more special. No one in my family knows where the term came from or when we started using it, but we never skipped a beat using it in conversation—and every time I make the trek back home, it slips right back into my vocabulary. Luckily for families like mine (and yours, I'd be willing to bet), San Francisco-based illustrator Rinee Shah is compiling a collection of niche neologisms and creating illustrations to go with their descriptions in a series called "The Made-Up Words Project."
Shah—whose "Seinfood" posters we previously covered—manages to add some background to the quirky words of our childhoods. From angry parental phrases (Pasta Fagioli!) to endearing drunk descriptions (frubie), the series nicely captures the lighter side of growing up.
In a way, it feels like a secret has been let loose. While some of the vernacular might find its way into a few more peoples' vocabularies, the publicity is worth the hilarious depictions Shah comes up with. Are there any made-up words you had growing up that you'd like to see illustrated? Share them in the comments.
Check out more of Shah's illustrations here.