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Uh-toot!


"We can't store the persimmons in the garage," I said to the Mama and the Husband at the lunch table one day. "There's an uh-toot."

The Mama laughed.

"What's that?" the Husband asked.

"A mouse," I said. Most likely I shuddered. Rodents give me the creeps.  "Uh-toot in Ilocano means mouse. Right, Mama?"

"Uh-taut," said Mama. "You have a funny pronunciation."

"Uh-toot," I said.

"Uh-taut."

"Uh-toot," said the Husband. "She's saying the same thing."

The Mama smiled.

"Uh-toot," I said. "Be careful. If you say Ah-toot, you're talking about a fart."

That conversation happened a few years back. Recently, I learned that the Ilocano word for mouse is bau, which I never heard the Mama or the Daddy use. I also found out that the spelling for fart is o-t-o-t. 

The Mama considered mice as farts. Giggle.


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  1. ;-) no matter how the pronunciation.... let's keep those creatures safe

    Have a nice ABC-day / - Week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-team)
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    1. I prefer that these creatures not visit our home. :-)

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    2. I can imagine... me too but on the other hand, if our cat catches one I try to set it free

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  2. You and your dear 'The Mama' must have had a wonderful relationship she really seemed to have a great sense of humour, who ever heard a mouse fart? But then there was a movie called The Mouse That Roared....so, if a mouse can roar surely it can fart, so as we both have fertile imaginations let's write a sequel..... Yes you've guessed.... The Mouse That Farted and started WW3.
    In the UK.. we call farts TRUMPS.... Make of that what you will..
    Love n Hugs.
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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    1. Di, the Mama and I had our moments. Hot-tempered ones as well as good ones. Friends and family tell me our fights are part of the mom-daughter thing that was us. I suppose.

      The sequel would be a blast to write! hahahaha. Perfect name -- Trumps! May these next 4 years not be as bad as we think.

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  3. Love your giant mouse picture, hope when you prod it with that utensil it doesn't Ah-toot, and blow you off that table:)

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  4. Thank you for sharing your family treasure story!

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    1. You're welcome, Cloudia. I was the only one who saw the rodents in the garage. Both the Mama and the Husband thought I was seeing things until they started seeing the pellets.

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  5. Wonderful folk lore. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I love this and your Mama made me laugh and this was nice to read...thank you

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  7. Our family is very familiar with otot, LOL!

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  8. The mouse in your artwork does look like capable of everything:) I liked it:):)

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    1. Thanks, Amit. I hope to not ever see one that large.

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  9. So funny! Thanks so much for calling by and commenting on my recent ABC Wednesday post, much appreciated.

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  10. Wow!!! Run and take the persimmons with you - THAT is one BIG rodent - whatever we're gonna call it.

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  11. I discovered early on that farts are politely called 'toots' in some circles here in Canada. Until I figured it out I thought when they said 'toot' they were talking about blowing your own horn ... which when you think about it, is exactly the same thing!!! :)

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  12. My mother helped me to speak Malayan when we lived in Indonesian before the war,but I forgot a lot.

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    1. We need that daily usage. I'm missing the Mama's language right now.

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  13. My mother taught me to speak Malayan when we lived in Indonesia before the war, but I almost forgot everything sadly enough.
    Dear Su-sieee, I wish you lots of great December thoughts, but it will be sad that the Mama is not with you now.

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