Friday, February 4, 2011

Flashback Friday # 122


Welcome back, my friends. It's time to get back into the groove of Flashback Friday. Today's post covers a vocabulary word that was introduced by one of Aunt Shelly's kids. That word is "mungus".

One night I had several of Aunt Shelly's kids over to spend the night. Very rarely did only one kid come over. The night was growing late and we were getting ready to go to sleep.

As shoes & socks were coming off, I noticed that Munch's socks had some color to them. They were originally white. He was notorious for not changing clothes until forced to. Upon closer inspection, the socks weren't just dirty, they were discolored by something other than dirt.

When asked about it, Munch replied "That probably on of those mungus". Everyone stopped in their tracks. Mungus, What is mungus? When asked about the word, Munch said "Mom always says "There's a fungus, a mungus". Skeeter almost doubled over in laughter while I was still puzzling over the explanation.

Once Skeeter regained his composure, he says "You idiot. That's not what Mom says. She says "There's a fungus among us". From that point on, any unusual mold, mildew, or discoloration became a mungus. Any sickness became a mungus virus. Anything nasty at all was called a mungus. Truly there was a mungus among us.

Did you have any words that were known only to you and your pals?

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