Words


Our family has always shared a

a love of words. We esteem

puns, verbal jokes, and flights

of fancy that make words sing.


The family motto: “Take a Piece of Wood” (from Grandma Berberich).


A favorite family saying: “Gastronomic satiety admonishes me that I have reached the ultimate stage of deglutition consistent with dietetic integrity”  (from Miss Bella Turk’s English class, ca 1924-1934, - used after fine dinners).

Some expressions from our ancestors:

From Grandma Berberich, “Every day, in every way, things are getting better and better.”  He is dull of comprehension.  No thanks, I’ve had an ample sufficiency.

From Aunt May, it was always marvulous (pronounced mahr’ vyoo lus).

From Mama Kit. They’ve painted their house a lovely shite color. To departing guests who hung about the front door, “Get your ass off the doorknob.”

Family definitions:

ambulance - a plate used on the table to collect gnawed bones or empty shells.

echo station - a small basement room with fuel tank, valves, or other machinery.

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