Some fancy FNC words and phrases to add to your vocabulary:
B.K.: Short for Benjamin Kenneth, the patriarch of the Coen Family. My Dad’s Dad. My Grandpa. A righteous dude.
Be Still: A phrase heard often at my grandparent’s house in the ‘70s…a statement shouted by my little Grandma when the grandchildren were getting out of hand. It meant “Settle down!” or “Stop It!” or “You Kids Behave!” or “Don’t Make Me Get Out the Fly Swatter!”
Buick: A car. But that’s not the definition used here. It’s a term meaning “yuck” or “gross” or “sucks to high heaven”…a word used mostly by my Dad, Papa Don, who usually proclaims it through a burp.
Bullen-shitten: A clever little phrase, also invented by Papa Don. Used in response to something his wife Phyllis might say, to poke fun at her German heritage and bilingual-ness. To also sound German-y. Das ist gut.
Coenism: A word or phrase exclusive to the immediate Coen family and relatives. Usually cool and catchy. Quite often a stolen movie quote.
Delicious: Pronounced “deh-lih-SIGH-us” It means delicious. The special pronunciation is just how Papa Don says it. A perfect example of the previously mentioned “Coenism.”
Girlskes: A term referring to me and my sisters, invented by Papa Don. Pronounced “girls-Kizz”. Not of Polish origin—maybe of Oly origin.
Good Night: No, this isn’t the salutation you’re used to hearing when you go to bed. It’s a phrase similar to “Good Grief” or “Oh Brother” or “Holy Crap”. A favorite saying of B.K.
Howdy Doo!: Official Greeting of the Coens. Well, of the elder Coens. Short for “How do you do?” I think. Made famous by my cute Great Aunt Lois. She was feisty.
Ketchup: The vitamin for Coens.
Ki-kak-meow: A cat. More specifically, a cat belonging to a Coen family member. You guessed it—invented by Papa Don.
Make it Fancy: Making a disgusting recipe better by adding better ingredients. Like, add butter instead of margarine, use actual onions instead of minced onions in a jar, use real meat instead of Spam — you know, make it fancy.
Mary Ann: The matriarch of my family. My Mom. The lovely creator of Friday Night Casserole — in more ways than one. You’re welcome.
Miracle Whip: What is this “mayonnaise” you speak of?
Oly: Short for Olympia Beer. A mainstay of the Coen diet, well, a mainstay of the elder Coen men’s diet. The new generation prefers snooty microbrews.
Papa Don: Don, Donald, Donalee. My Dad. A cool cat with a discriminating palette, who puts Heinz Ketchup on everything.
Puffner: A dog. Particularly one of our childhood companions, like Sundance, aka Sunny Puffner. Once again, the work of Papa Don.
Two Bits: A few measly coins back in my Grandpa’s day. The modern equivalent is 25 cents. A quarter. It’s pretty much the monetary amount B.K. didn’t like to exceed when paying for food in the early part of the 20th century.