Last night my son was covering his young sister’s books for her. Unfortunately, I noticed one of the covers was put on upside down. I told him he was “such a Jimbo!” His name is not Jimbo, James or Jim but that is an expressions my group of friends used as teens. One of our gang was named Jimmy and he was a constant goof off. We got in the habit of calling every boneheaded thing any of us did a “Jimbo Move” or called the person simply “a Jimbo”. My parents, siblings and kids also picked up this expression and so have their SO. Obviously if I slip and use that joke outside the family, no one would understand it.
We also have a funny poker move. When someone has a good hand or wants to bluff, they will allow their hand to hover over their chips as soon as they look at their cards. This was something an old friend did that has developed into a standing joke.
The last thing I can think of is when family visits family and we ring the doorbell, we push it in and hold it until it is answered. In other words…ding…waiting…dong. Between the ding and the dong, the response is always “Come in Dougy!” This was also a friend who used to do this. A friend none of us has seen in over twenty years.
Does anyone else have any of these personal jokes or expressions that are private and would make no sense to people outside of their circle?