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Dooverlackie Poem

I grew up with adults who frequently made up names for items when they couldn't recall the official name of the said item. Colourful terms have arisen across time for naming these puzzling items. I use them myself, I must admit...

Do you hear adults using such words?

So, I share this poem, celebrating some of those colourful words. 

Remember, sometimes poetry gets its spark from wordplay. 



Dooverlackie

When my Dad fixes things
Around our house
He sometimes asks me to help
He calls me his apprentice
He calls me his fetcher
He calls himself Mr. Fixit
He asks me to pass him the things he needs
Pass me the dooverlackie
Says Dad
Dooverlackie?
Yes, beside the whatchamacallit
Watchamacallit?
Yes, under the thingamajig
Thingamajig?
That’s right, I need to unscrew the doodad on the gizmo
Oh…
So I hand him what I think might be the dooverlackie
And just hope I’m right
No, says Dad
That’s a…
That’s a dohickey
I only use that when I’m fixing a thingamadoodle

Dad ruffles my hair

And smiles.

Alan j Wright

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