Decoding the 'familect'

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MPR News host Kerri Miller returned to the airwaves to talk "familect" with word wizard Anatoly Liberman.
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What word or phrase conjures immediate understanding in your family — but puzzled looks from everyone else?

In one family, pizza crust is known as “pizza bones.” In another, children who weren’t allowed to say fart were instructed to use the word “foof” instead.

This Thursday, MPR News host Kerri Miller talked about “familect” with word wizard Anatoly Liberman.

Anatoly Liberman
Anatoly Liberman
Photo Courtesy of Anatoly Liberman


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