Monday, December 03, 2007

City Sidewalks

Driving around town The Mayor pointed randomly at Christmas wreathes, lights, trees and other holiday decor and at each one he yelled,

"MUT!"

("Mut" sounds like Put - as in "Put. the cookie. DOWN, Lady Flabina!")

Pardon? Mut?

As it turns out, "Mut" means "everybody is getting ready for Christmas" in Mayorese.

Because I am a super-efficient, anal freak, I have always loved simple, economizing words.

For example, I'm a big fan of the British word "chuffed" which means "quite pleased" but also connotes a sort of blushing pride. All of that captured in one word? Brilliant.

So it follows naturally that I would appreciate the word "Mut," --- in particular, I like the idea that I can walk into a department store and loudly say,

"FOR THE LOVE OF DOG WOULD YOU LOOK AT ALL THIS MUT!!"

I'm not sure The Mayor has developed an enduring sense of the Christmas spirit despite his contribution to the holiday lexicon.

Yesterday, as my neighbor was straddling his roof (in a rather provocative way, I might add) trying to get the "DOG, JAM, EFFING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS" to work, The Mayor picked up a toy rifle from their yard, aimed it at the struggling, roof humping neighbor and yelled,

"I'M GONNA BRING YOU DOWN!"

Oh, I'm just tingling all over with the holiday cheer.


54 comments:

Patience said...

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Jenny Ryan.com said...

I love how much fun you guys have in The House of Joy. :)

Circus Kelli said...

Bwahahahaha! That's funny!

Jenifer said...

Look out Santa...the Mayor is in town! I can just the Mayor laying in wait for Santa Christmas Eve....

WILLIAM said...

I got plenty of MUTton and MUTton is plenty for me.

Katrina said...

HA! That is so funny!

Family Adventure said...

Love it!

Heidi

Amy said...

Bringing down the roof humping neighbor?!? Just the laugh I needed this morning!!

Heather said...

I am also a super-efficient, anal freak. Is there a simple, economizing word to describe us?

Heidi Hyde said...

heh. Way to go Mayor.

-HH

Pgoodness said...

LOL.

And Heather? Seaf? As in "I'm seaf!"

canape said...

I'm glad to hear the Mayor is running a tight ship.

Maddy said...

Well I'm so delighted to learn that the word 'chuffed' finds favour with you! It's also one of my favourites.

Cheers


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liv said...

hee hee. i love it when the kids talk trash. "bring you down" indeed.

we_be_toys said...

Merry Mut-mas!!! That Mayor is on a roll lately, isn't he?
btw...what a cutie your brother is!!

Chilihead said...

Bring you down! Hilarious. One Halloween Max dressed up as Max from Where the Wild Things are and we took him to a children's museum that was having a pre-Halloween bash. He was so excited that he hopped out of the car and raised his stuffed fork (remember the fork from the book?) and yelled, "I'm gonna fork you up!" I still roll when I think about it.

MommyMommy said...

My boys would have done the same thing to the neighbor.

Kyla said...

LOL! Take that mutter down! ;)

Beck said...

Very festive.

mamatulip said...

I'm not going to tell you how long it took me to figure "DOG JAM" out.

I'm not going to tell you that I sat here and said it aloud, hoping it would make sense.

I will tell you how stupid I felt when I finally did get it.

Corgimom said...

I think easing another's misery, no matter the method of said easing, is well within the holiday spirit!
Go Mayor with your all-out Mut!

Sarcastic Mom (aka Lotus) said...

Mut goin' on 'round he-ah, too.

furiousBall said...

Mayor has the right idea, that's the only way to dispatch with roof humpers. Remember lead them towards the ground, they sometimes try to scurry down their ladders.

SusieJ said...

Thanks for the joy today.

QT said...

The wonders that spew forth from the mouth of The Mayor will never cease....

Janet said...

Perhaps it's because I have seen a few references to one of my favourite Christmas movies, a Christmas Story. But this reminds me of little Ralphie in the movie saying, "Ok, Black Bart, now you'll get yours!" as he holds up his Red Ryder BB gun.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

You've got it made with that little guy!

Heather, Queen of Shake-Shake said...

Too funny!

Queen of Shake-Shake

mauniejames said...

I'm ticked off that I still can't use my right hand from surgery last week...I keep getting Christmas cards and people are calling for sizes and favorite colors..I have done nothing and I am a misserable grouch..bah humbug

Lawyer Mama said...

I love the Mayor. Can I borrow him when my neighbor's dogs are barking during nap time?

I too love the word chuffed.

Just a Walk in the Park said...

Patience, who ya calling a ho? Just kidding!
Oh the Joy, your Park Ranger fill for the day can be found on my blog.

Mama Drama Jenny said...

Better too much mut than too much smut.

painted maypole said...

what movies are you letting that kid watch?

;)

Worker Mommy said...

Dog Jam Effing Christmas Lights!

Ha! I love it!

urban-urchin said...

i love when they butcher the language in their own endearing way. The Mayor is a pro what with Dana and now MUT. I love Mut and may need to adopt it into my own lexicon. My son calls the fleshy part of the hip 'juki's' and he's decided his name is Thunder Dangerous. I kid you not.

Amanda said...

LOL! I love visiting your blog because your kids say the funniest things! And you do too of course :)

Emily said...

Gotta love roof humping neighbors.

Omaha Mama said...

Roof humping.
Mut.

Thems some mighty verbal tikes ya got there.

Heh.

kittenpie said...

Dog jam. I am so using that.

flutter said...

word.

Major Bedhead said...

Chuffed is an excellent and highly useful word. As is gobsmacked.

Avery Gray said...

We had a mutt who was a ball humper. That's neither here nor there, really.

But you should be well chuffed with the Mayor. He's a keeper, that one!

Mut, indeed!

Serina Hope said...

lol
The mayor is a hoot.

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

"Mut" rocks and I have always wondered what "chuffed" meant.

liebowitz said...

They don't call him "The Mayor" for nothing. New site:

http://wordgirl5.typepad.com/apathy_lounge

~JJ! said...

The power of words.

motherbumper said...

So did the mayor succeed or what? Oh don't tell me there was no live ammo - that's no fun.

sweetney said...

it's like a scene straight out of "A Christmas Story", no? can't beat that!

Diane said...

Haha! Nothing gets me going like a morning mayoral story. What a funny kid!

Kevin Charnas said...

well see? that's what they get for leaving toy rifles laying about.

ahhh...holiday cheer. there's nothing like it. fresh napalm in the morning.

and oh, how i can't WAIT to know what the Mayor is going to be when he "grows up". besides an extreme character.

goodtwin said...

Thanks for the laugh about the neighbor. Brought tears to my eyes.

Rusti said...

LOL - ah the Mayor - he's cracking me up!

AliBlahBlah said...

Chuffed to bits to hear you like my favourite word!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Hee hee. The Mayor is fabulous. And 'chuffed is a good word. You got the meaning exactly right.