Has your child ever utters something and you said “Where did you hear that?”
“Dang it!” If you hear that expression, you know my son is in the room. Frustrated by something not working right for him, he’ll utter “Dang it” and go on his merry way. Just the other day, I heard “Awe, tumbleweeds” come from his mouth. He heard a new expression from the show, Handy Mandy, which he watches. One of the characters was frustrated, and they used the expression, “Awe tumbleweeds.”
Awe, tumbleweeds, has a funny ring to it, and as a student of comedy, I’m always interested in finding new words that will bring out a chuckle in children. My son’s face lights up and becomes animated when he uses that expression.
In qwinkly’s Blog, New Swear Words, she introduced me to the saying “turtle feathers,” another youthful expression to use when around our kids. Silly little words can make kids break into laughter and are great to use in a stage show. Kids leave the show with new words to express when they get frustrated. I’m sure when the child utters awe turtle feathers, parents will question where they heard that expression. This is a sneaking little way for kids to market your show every time they say that funny little saying. People will question it, and parents will explain it. Work the phrase into the show just right, and you may get a catchphrase that will brand you to success.
Does your child have a cleaver expression? Entertainers, what wacky words do you use to get the crowd laughing?
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