Vocabulary that sizzles. Fo’ shizzle.

26 Dec

To pass time on Christmas day, we started a three-generation game of Tripoli at my parents’ house. (Tripoli is a card game with three stages that includes Michigan Rummy, poker and money cards.)

Near the end of the game, my attention waned, so I got a bit squirrelly. When playing the poker stage, I announced that my hand contained a “fizzle hizzle” instead of saying “full house.”

When it was time to count off, I led with a “tizzle” (two), followed by a “thrizzle” and so on.

My 12 year old nephew got a kick out of my counting style, so when it was his turn to lay down a Jack, he announced it with “JIZZLE!”

And immediately made a swallowed noise of embarrassment that was combination laugh/cough/gasp that let us know he realized he had just said a word that might be a synonym for “ejaculation” at his grandparents’ dining table. On Christmas Day.

Because nothing says “Merry Christmas, Grandma!” like announcing that your pre-teen slang vocabulary now includes fornication. (Fortunately, I’m pretty sure “jiz” is not a word my parents know, because when I later tried to explain the humor to them, they gave me a blank look. Though actually, that might have been because I didn’t do the SNL skit justice when I explained it.)

Next year, by way of a sequel, we’ll have to take home a bag of chestnuts and see what that does for the conversation.

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5 Responses to “Vocabulary that sizzles. Fo’ shizzle.”

  1. Denim December 26, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    Fabulous post and story!

    Thanks for the chuckles!

    • pithypants December 27, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

      Thanks for finding and reading me. Any fan of Bukowski gets high marks in my world!

  2. Michele Steele December 27, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    Ahhh Michigan Rummy! I thought my family was the only ones that played that game! Hopefully ya’ll play for more than 2 cents per chip! Our jackpot on Christmas was a whopping 8 bucks! Hope you had a great Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

    • pithypants December 27, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

      Shamefully, we played a penny per chip! Happy new year to you too! 🙂

  3. Alicia January 4, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    Could have been a scene from Little Fockers 4.

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