Danielle Language

img_2688When my son Cole was about 5, I taught him how to make chocolate chip cookies.

I was a master chocolate chip cookie maker.

One of the reasons the cookies I made were so good was how I mixed the dough – and passed that secret on to Cole.

“Cole – you keep mixing the dough until it is homogeneous. Only THEN can you add the chips.” I thought I was so smart giving him the definition of homogeneous and then teaching him how to say it.

“It’s home-og-gen-us Cole. You always want to be able to say it correctly!”

Well, cut to last night. Oh dear. Cole, as sophomore in high school now, asked me to help him study his chemistry. And I bet you know what one of the words he needed to learn was! HOMOGENEOUS.

So, we’re going through the words and definitions and we get to that word. I say, “homogenous” (the way I usually say it) and he starts laughing.

“Did you know that you’re not saying that right Mom? I laughed out loud in class when my teacher told us the correct to pronounce it!”

I seem to do that a lot. Make up my own words. Luckily, people who like me learn Danielle Language. I’m constantly teaching in my classes through my own version of my words. For example, in yesterday’s Certification class, I was explaining to the students how to use their new tools to find the “gunk” and get out the “ickiness.”

I actually find using my own words to be liberating! I mean, why stick to the words everyone else uses?

It took me quite a while to come around to that idea though. I mean, I spent a lot of my life trying to do everything the “right” way – and really, as I’ve learned over the years, there isn’t a “right” way. There’s just that way that works that keeps you in your integrity and passion.

I’m spending today in another day of Danielle Language (if my husband is reading this, I KNOW he is laughing really loud right now!) and I’m encouraging you to spend a day in your own-isms.

It’s the only way to be true to who you really are! What’s your language? I’d love to know!

Love and Light,

12 replies
  1. Patty D
    Patty D says:

    My mother continually makes up her own way to pronounce words or do word puns. No one in our house can mention a funnel unless someone else says “What fun’ll that be?” My own way to remember the Om chant for energy management. Om (familiar meditation sound), Goom (kinda crazy how could you not remember it.) GANA-PATA-YEI. Gonna party YAY! Nama ha. Never forgot it after that.

  2. carliama
    carliama says:

    We also have our own-isms that we don’t share to other people but we use it at home in family, but the problem is that the children have a bit of problem in how to spell “the conventionnal” word in the right way at school.

  3. Peter Hulbert
    Peter Hulbert says:

    And i thought it was Homo genius. At school i would distort the words to remember the correct spelling. I’m English and we haven’t modified our spelling as you have in the USA.

  4. Tera
    Tera says:

    Here are a few of my isms.

    Percepticons – People who don’t agree with me or don’t see it my way.
    Splaz! – I am not having any fun 🙁
    Yippers! – This is fantastic!
    Meowww! – I like this. (Borrowed from cat)
    whisper – a longing for an unknown place

  5. Lana
    Lana says:

    It’s fun thinking of all the mispronunciations and not so fun when a classmate makes fun of you when you are at those horrible teen years. But, a fun memory of mine comes from my childhood. I used to see the word “enriched” on a loaf of bread label. I pronounced it ” inner-chee-did” Makes me laugh thinking it was my own private pronunciation.

  6. Annette
    Annette says:

    I have been waiting to share this for a long time. Danielle, you will truly understand! My 5 pound Maltese (Pebbles) has perfected the art of opera singing. Her warbling comes from deep inside her little body. So when she breaks into song I call her Pooch-ini.

  7. Bernice Merriman
    Bernice Merriman says:

    I don’t have a particular word but my grown grandchildren refer to my texts as “Nanaspeak”! That way I’m forgiven for mispellings! Lol

  8. Kerrie Godding
    Kerrie Godding says:

    You know those cute little hanging balls that people use for trim on curtains and stuff? All my life we called them “dingleberries.” Only in the last 10(ish) years when I mention my need for dingleberries do I hear raucous laughter. Maybe the true definition was always the same, but in my house, growing up, and for 65+ years our only word for “pompom trim” has, is and will always be dingleberries (the other definition be damned!)

  9. Danielle Holtcamp
    Danielle Holtcamp says:

    Hey Danielle…. I also do this and say things only people I know would understand…We call them Danielleism’s… Growing up I would call a two-story home… a two houser… I would pronounce Orange “r-nge”.. I still say Yaackkk for yuck… 🙂

  10. Cindi
    Cindi says:

    I have been enjoying using the word “collusion” lately, as in our pets being in collusion with us to help us learn (remember) what we have shown up here for. As in being in collusion with others when they push our buttons to mirror back to us places where we are holding thoughts or beliefs that don’t serve us anymore. It actually has been kind of fun!

  11. Laura
    Laura says:

    Laughing so hard right now because I have been pronouncing Homogenous the “Danielle way” too!

    Back in the 6th grade, my English teacher made up a spelling list of words that our class routinely misspelled. Congratulations was on that list. It was also a word that I misspelled. Until I made up a little mnemonic helper. Mentally I pronounced it as “Congra – Toola – Tie-Ons” Never misspelled it again. The teacher was so impressed with my solution, she shared it with the class.


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