Bumskulls and Anclepoo

These are real words in our daily life.  Welcome.

Bode got a very cool anatomy book for Christmas and he’s been pouring through it almost every night. I’m a little surprised at just how closely he’s studying it, but if you’re going to be curious about anything at a young age, your own body is a pretty good subject.

A recent ‘a-ha’ moment was learning about alveoli and asthma. Now that he can see what the problem is (in cartoon form) and explain it himself, now he actually *wants* to use his inhaler if it’s ever needed.

The other night, after going over all the bones in the book, Angela pointed to the pelvis and asked him what it was called.  He pondered it a bit and rubbed his metacarpals against his gluteus maximus searching for bone.  Then he came up with it – the bumskull!  A skull for your bum.  After we finished laughing, we decided it’s a much better name and so it stuck.

If you’re ever at a campsite and hear “Bode, get your bumskull over here!” then please come introduce yourself.

This reminds me of one of our regular camping board games – Scrabble. One evening I must have been distracted and Angela put down this zinger: anclepoo. Somehow I didn’t even notice it until much later in the game. I questioned it, of course, but she insisted that it was a real word. I wasn’t about to figure out how to back up the game, and knowing to pick my battles, there was really no point in fighting this one. One secret to a happy marriage: anclepoo is a word.

I can’t recall ever winning at Scrabble.

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5 thoughts on “Bumskulls and Anclepoo

  • January 8, 2010 at 7:04 AM

    Bumskull is an excellent word and if you don’t challenge before the next person plays you have to keep it! (our house rules)

  • January 8, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Amanda and I got your card. Hippie Holidays to you too! Glad your to see you’re back on the road, let the adventure continue! 😀 And Bumskull has been adopted into our official dialect here, but could you define anclepoo?


  • January 8, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Liz- That’s my rule, too! I couldn’t remember who had written that on FB about Calliou, but I laugh about it all the time. Happy New Year to you and family!

  • January 8, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    It is a Native American word that describes the 1st word that comes out of your mouth when you see that the pile of moose dung you just stepped into comes up to your ankle.:(

    Hope this helps.
    Wild Bill

  • January 12, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    Happy New year to you, too! Ben had gotten over Calliou for a few weeks and I was in heaven. Unfortunately, he is back!

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