Like any family, mine has our shared moments and memories built across years together. There are plenty of inside jokes to go around, based on hilarious incidents built into the scrapbook of our lives together. Along with that come the words. The made-up words.
I’m sure you have them too. Maybe they were based on a slip of the tongue that someone never lived down. Maybe they started out in the mouth of a child and then took on a life of their own. Whichever it was, I’ve known plenty of families that had their own unique vocabulary.
In my ex-husband’s family, the word was “Sabone.” They were Philly-area Italian, and the word “Jabrone” was an active part of their vocabulary. It’s a derogatory term meant for someone who’s a general pain in the ass. As a child, one of my in-laws mispronounced it as “Sabone,” and it stuck.
It became not only a nickname for him, but completely supplanted Jabrone in their vocabulary. If you did something stupid in front of the…
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