“When anybody asks, 'What are you writing about now?' if I try to reply, the book-in-the-works sounds so idiotic to me that I think, 'Why am I trying to write that puerile junk?' So now I give up; if I could talk about it, I wouldn't have to write it."
- Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet


On The Loss Of A Word From My Vocabulary

Thursday, September 08, 2005

This morning, as the Geek was getting ready to leave for work, we were joking around about the word "putz". He claimed not to know what it meant, but he uses it all the time. If he gets stuck on the road behind a slow driver, he calls them a putz. We both call ourselves (never each other) putzes if we feel we have done something stupid. I think one or the other (or perhaps both) of us has even been known to sing it in a song. (To the tune of "I'm a lumberjack and I'm ok.")

Oh I'm a putzy putz and I'm ok
Because you like me anyway....
So this morning when he claimed not to know the meaning, I laughed at him. He insisted that he didn't know what it meant. Knowing that he was just being silly, I decided to extend the joke by looking up the word at after he left and sending him the definition by email. As I told him in the email, I found out more than I really wanted to know.

I won't ever be able to use that word in innocence again. (sigh)


At 9/08/2005 9:20 AM, Blogger Cin wrote:


Gives a whole new meaning to my darling spouse's predeliction to 'putzing' about the house....

Michele sent me - glad she did - this has put a big smile on my face.

At 9/08/2005 11:56 AM, Blogger yellojkt wrote:

I was about 10 and my younger brother bet me to yell DORK out the window as loud as I could. My dad ran into the house asked me if I knew what it meant, told me, and warned me never to use it again.

At 9/08/2005 10:18 PM, Blogger Blond Girl wrote:

My bubble has so been burst! I can never call the hubby a putz again - though cin's comment made me snort!

Of course, if someone has unsafe sex, that is foolish and used their hangy-downy thing, so does that make him a putz-putz? (smirk).

Oh, and thanks, Yello.. now I have the option of using putz-dork - or dork-putz...

Well, I'll just focus on "foolish" and use it when appropriate..

At 9/08/2005 10:19 PM, Blogger Blond Girl wrote:

and watch out... now I bet someone finds you on a google search for "penis". Believe it or not, I was once found by a search for "sweet blond ass"... but that's another post all together!

At 9/09/2005 2:55 AM, Blogger -xtessa- wrote:

ROFL!!! i didn't know THAT!!!

At 9/09/2005 3:53 AM, Blogger Geekwif wrote:

Yellojkt, I had a similar experience with the word "dork", but I didn't find out until I was a teenager. My best friend and I used to use the word often and her older sister finally took us aside and explain what it meant. We didn't believe her until her mother confirmed it.

BG, I've been thinking the same thing. Of course that word wasn't actually in a post until you typed it in a comment, so if I do get found by a search, it'll be your fault! ;)

At 9/09/2005 10:44 AM, Blogger utenzi wrote:

Not much of a Jewish population out there? Yiddish terms are nearly a second language in New York where I grew up.

At 9/09/2005 10:55 AM, Blogger Geekwif wrote:

There is a Jewish population here, but it's certainly not as extensive as in New York. You do hear the word used quite often around here, but it's almost always used in the idle puttering sense.

Listen to me - "the word". I can't even say it anymore. I am such a prude.

At 9/10/2005 8:20 PM, Blogger Dave wrote:

I knew it meant idiot, but not that it meant, umm, that other meaning. I'll still use it, cause I know this guy, he's such a putz! What is puttering? Is that something you do with your putz? I'm sorry, I just couldn't resist.

At 9/11/2005 8:56 PM, Blogger Carmi wrote:

I've lived my life explaining to people that some words they've come to know and love are actually profanities in Yiddish. It is such an expressive language!

Here from Michele's tonight.

At 4/30/2010 10:08 PM, Blogger Blond Girl wrote:

So here it is, 5 years later and this is still funny. What I want to know now is, have you forgotten the meaning and fallen back into using Putz?

At 11/26/2011 1:50 AM, Blogger Blond Girl wrote:

Seven years later... still funny. And if you're wondering what brought this on, I was cleaning my email and found when I commented to you in April 08 and it left me an email...

At 11/26/2011 6:44 AM, Blogger Geekwif wrote:

Wow, BG, you're still coming back to this one! :) I never replied to your 2010 comment. I do use it sometimes, but every time I do there's a little twinge in the back of my brain and a voice saying to me, "You do know what that word means, don't you?"

Did I just admit that I have voices in my head that talk to me?

At 11/26/2011 10:56 PM, Blogger Blond Girl wrote:

OK, so voices in your head is not the problem. Either a. arguing with the voices - out loud, or b. not listening to the voices when they are clearly speaking in your best interest is a problem.

And speaking of problems, just change "putzing around" to "puttering around"... problem solved!


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