Musical Cursing

I love the song “The Name Game.” I think it’s the really deep poet in me.

Let’s sing a little refresher:

Alex, alex bobo-balex,
Banana-nana fo-falex

Since I have a small goal of my life turning into a musical, I’ve sung “The Name Game” to my kids for years. It’s an easy way to see if groups of people will begin a choreographed dance behind me while my kids and I snap and sashay.

This particular song means a variety of people get made into musical numbers. People like my cats.

Until I realized our newest cats are names Huckle and Nugget. Because those songs go something like this (please sing aloud for the full effect but not with your kids within earshot like I do over and over):

Huckle, Huckle, bobo-buckle, (still good)
Banana-nana fo-fuckle (oops)

Crap. So I quickly moved on to her buddy, Nugget.

Nugget, Nugget bo-bugget,
Banana-nana fo-fugget (it you’re singing you’ll know what I mean)

How my kids knew to name their cats after curse words, I am unsure and mostly impressed. I can only surmise there is a cursing gene since my favorite pastime as a second grader was trying to get my best friend to repeat long strings of swear words.

My cats are a little frustrated though.

Dude, stop cursing at me.

(If you can’t see the first made-by-Alex animated gif, click over to my website and scroll down.)

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

12 thoughts to “Musical Cursing”

  1. Your kids are some kind of name-game cussing geniuses.

    I love the animated gif, and since I have no idea how to make one, I’m super impressed with your skills.

  2. Okay, so my kids are all about rhyming words. Any words. They make up words.

    And I do believe we have started with duck and truck many times and ended up with fuck. I haven’t really known how to handle it except to just ignore it and change to another word that doesn’t end in “uck.”

    Or, like, what rhymes with #momfail?

  3. My favorite part of this (besides the first-ever made-by-Alex animated gif) is picturing you quickly shifting from Huckle to Nugget.

    (Because Nugget would be SO much safer. Phew!)

  4. Ok. I read this post yesterday on my smart phone, and I was impressed with your kitty cat gif. Today I decided to wander over and see if it was equally as impressive on a regular-sized monitor. And holy moly…it’s awesome. I’m so insanely jealous of your gif-making abilities. 🙂

  5. Haha! This song is pretty much banned from my house. My son’s name is Tucker. Yes, we thought of the ramifications before he was born but the family name won out.

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