My little brother and sister and I – with a total of 12 offspring between the ages of one and 20 among the three of us – have a word to describe those moments when when one or more of our babies or children become so overwrought with excitement or exhaustion that they tip past the point of return, and begin acting utterly crazypants. This word is “dundee,” and although I am not sure what its original provenance is, we all use it when the kids become maniacally hyped up.
Like today, for example, when I was at work, and my sister Betsy emailed me this video of my middle schooler getting his major Christmas dundee on.
E is now out of school for the holidays, and to say that he’s kind of excited about Christmas would be akin to saying that Mitt Romney is “kind of hoping to be the GOP nominee in 2012.”
To give you an idea of how excited E is about Christmas morning getting closer, I can tell you that he found and installed an app on his phone that counts down the wait til Christmas in days, hours, minutes and seconds, allowing him to consult this app multiple times per day to yell out to whichever family members happen to be within earshot, “People! We are now T-minus 4 days, 15 hours, 45 minutes and 22 seconds til the big guy arrives!”
So anyway, today I was at work and E spent the day with his cousins at his Aunt Betsy’s house, and when she asked him why he was rolling around on the floor in a blanket, he revealed his state of extreme holiday-induced dundee.
She captured it on video
So two questions:
1- Do you have any words in your regular vocabulary like “dundee” that are unique to your own family? If so, what are they, and where did they come from?
2- Are your kids, like mine, getting nuttier and more dundee as Christmas gets closer?