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Tuesday, December 19, 2006


While my niece is busy moisturizing her hands with Vaseline Intensive Care (the girl loves her creams) in my bedroom, I suddenly get a tickle in my nose that I know will result in a sneeze. But, I’m wrong. It results in a series of sneezes; five in a row.

My niece stops rubbing her hands together and looks at me.

“Boonga, Uncle?” she asks.

Boonga?” I say as I rub my nose with my hand. What the hell is she talking about?

“Boonga?” she repeats as she hands me the hankie I have on the bed.

Ah, boonga! Now I understand what she’s getting at.

In her learning the grasp of several languages and slang terms that her inclusive family throws out in a typical conversation, she creates her own vernacular of verbs, adjectives and nouns.

Boonga is a mixture of booger and funga (the noise a person makes that is stronger than a sniffle, yet weaker than a sneeze).

“Boonga. Yes, yes, boonga,” I say as I take the hankie and blow my nose. “Thank you, B.”

Smart kid. Who knew a two-year-old could come up with such a useful word, especially during cold and flu season?


Blogger Timmy said...


December 19, 2006 7:52 am  
Blogger Timmy said...

no one loves you today.

December 19, 2006 12:04 pm  
Blogger Steven said...

Nah, it's not that (everyone loves me, especially you!).

I think it's because no one cares for my niece (boo! hiss!) and boonga.

December 19, 2006 12:27 pm  
Blogger knottyboy said...

I love verbal mashups. Like craptacular and mosoms [man bosoms]

December 19, 2006 12:41 pm  
Blogger Lewis said...

Now, I want to go back to the Vaseline that she found in your room and is now smearing all over her hands. Was it under your bed? Clean? I can't believe you'd let a 2-yr-old play in it.

December 19, 2006 6:55 pm  
Anonymous durante vita said...

Lewis stole my dirrty thought. Notice two r's...

That was a cute story. I have one of those little ones at home... we could swap stories for a lifetime.

December 19, 2006 7:43 pm  
Blogger Steven said...

Ugh. It's hand cream.

And even if it was something else, high up on a shelf, she could scale it like Mount Everest.

December 19, 2006 7:52 pm  
Blogger madamerouge said...

Who knew a two-year-old could come up with such a useful word, especially during cold and flu season?

Kelly Ripa put her up to it.

December 20, 2006 12:49 am  
Blogger tornwordo said...

I love snotty talk.

December 20, 2006 6:16 am  
Blogger Normlr said...


December 20, 2006 2:30 pm  

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