Every week, my wife and I have a dinner party.
Sometimes, it spills into more chairs than fit our dining room table, and it can last for hours, if not days.
And when it ends, the next one is only a few days away.
No, our house does not get transformed into a salon on a regular basis — going on four years there, maybe we’ll have that housewarming party this year — even thought that would be awesome.
“Dinner party” is actually slang for part of our laundry. My wife has dresses and sweaters that need to be washed, but she doesn’t want to put in the dryer, so she’ll hang them over the chairs in the dining room.
The first time I saw it, I said it looked like a dinner party, and an expression was born.
I would imagine most if not all couples have these, their pet expressions that mean something to them, but probably make little to no sense if other people hear them.
You’d probably find me daft if you ever heard me talk about the “Beschloss signal,” which is what I joke goes up, Batman-style, every time MSNBC needs someone to talk presidential history, no matter the time of day or night.
And now that Ron Chernow is going to be the featured speaker at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, figuring that unlike a comedian, he probably won’t offend anyone, my wife looks to have him fill any role where someone is needed — Oscar’s host, Super Bowl halftime performer, you name it.
We’re also actually still hoping he breaks out some standup no one ever thought he could do.
Unless you’re into former BBC self-satirical comedies, you also probably wouldn’t get the many, many references we make to “W1A.”
So what are your pet expressions with your significant other, your family, your friends or your coworkers?
I’m sure the people in this photo by vivienviv0 on Pixabay are having a wonderful time.