As I was making a huge pot of penne pasta for lunch today, I went to get the colander out of the cupboard so that I could drain the water from the pasta, when I oddly remembered the funny memory that I used to call colanders "strainers". That is what my mom called them, and so I grew up calling them strainers.
Then I went to college and my roommates laughed at me because I didn't know the true name of this particular kitchen accessory.
I then started to think about all the funny words my family used while growing up (that I got teased about later in my adult life). Usually substitution words.
Here is a short list:
Footstool. I now know they are called "ottomans".
Blaster. That thing you point at the TV to change the channels, otherwise known as a "remote control".
Air bubbles. You know...instead of toots, or farts (sorry mom).
Parmesian Cheese. It's really Parmasan cheese.
Pick Up. Instead of Truck.
Strainer. Technically it's a colander. But strainer also referred to a dish rack as well.
No. 2. We never said poop. For reals.
Draining Board. Instead of countertops.
Tennis Shoes. Any shoe that wasn't a Sunday dress shoe.
Mush. Cream of Wheat or Oatmeal.
Those are just a few off the top of my head. To this day, I still don't get the "draining board" thing.