Words are interesting.  Language changes and words come in and out of use.  Definitions of words can transform over time.  Words can even be unique to a family.

Judy Dykstra-Brown in her blog lifelessons asked about unusual family words.  Our family has a unique word in usage.  The word is dortches.

We were traveling with our children, and stopped for the night in North Carolina.  While packing up the next morning our youngest son asked if we wanted any of the dortches.  The what?  The dortches he found in a folder on the desk in our motel room.  The folder contained fliers about area attractions.  I selected several, but had to explain that Dortches was the name of the town.  Dortches, North Carolina was the town we spent the night in.

We have been calling fliers by the name dortches ever since.  We have told our friends across the world this story and asked them to use the word also.  Maybe we could get a new word in the dictionary.  It hasn’t happened yet, but it could.

The next time you stop at tourist information, you can pick up a few dortches, and when they look at you funny for your word choice, you can inform them of the new word.  In time, the word choice will be so common you will stop getting funny looks, and our word might even end up in the dictionary.

Now that all of you know this story, I can’t imagine it will be to long now.


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