When I was a kid, we (like virtually every other English-speaking person) called this…
This, dear readers, is a fitterfetter (at least in my family). It sometimes sounds better if you use the Boston accent I had as a kid (and have apparently lost after 17 years in the midwest), and say “FIT-uh-fet-uh”.
I don’t know where it came from, and I’ve never met anyone else outside of my family familiar with the term. But I’d like to propose that this become its official name. It’s fun to say (try it: “FIT-uh-fet-uh”), and it differentiates between the two.
Plus, when you watch Cosmos, you can call it Sagan’s Fitterfetter ship, instead of his Dandelion ship. It just sounds cooler that way.
So I have four questions, basically.
- Has anyone else heard it called a “fitterfetter”?
- Does anyone else have any “family slang” that no one else seems to have heard of?
- What does this have to do with Science-Based Parenting?
- Do you think “fitterfetter” is somehow related to “fluffernutter“???
OK, now I’m hungry for a fluffernutter… Where’s my Marshmallow Fluff???
“U.S.S. Fitterfetter” image captured from Hulu’s broadcast of Cosmos, episode 6, Travellers’ Tales.
Fluffernutter image from http://www.marshmallowfluff.com/pages/fluffernutter.html