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The Barking Spider App

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I was raised in a rather proper family where cuss words or the discussion of body functions were not welcome at the dinner table or elsewhere.  My father was not amused if someone said "fart" despite the fact that my older sister had the art of flatulence down to a science, so we turned it around and said "traf" instead, and call it that with each other to this day.
 
Recently my younger sister made me aware of an iPhone app that elicits bursts of laughter from her young granddaughter, which is called "iFart" and provides dozens of audio variations on the barking spider theme for your amusement, and even a timer so you can set your phone down and walk away to leave unsuspecting people in your company wondering who did it.
 
Repressed behavior often leads people to the other extreme, and my younger sister and I break into laughter to this day if someone (ourselves included) accidentally sets a barking spider free in public.  Papa Bear has declared me a champion in the art of farting, and I accept that award with great pride!  Well, actually he just rolls his eyes - he's come to expect it of me... I never promised him that I was a lady!  :-)

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P.S. -  The Barking Spider Tavern graphic is not directly related to this post, I just thought it was pretty cool!  If you follow the link you'll learn that there actually is a Barking Spider Tavern in Cleveland, Ohio.
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I'm joining Ivy Walker at "Uncharted"
for Six Sentence Stories
where the cue this week is "bark"

16 comments:

  1. I have, for the record, have not heard this particular euphemism ('barking spider') huh! still being fairly arachnophobic, it shouldn't surprise me (that I hadn't encountered this rather nicely bizarre alternate word).

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    1. I should be embarrassed to say that it's the first thing the prompt brought to mind. That shows you where my mind travels! :-)

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  2. We grew up the same way. We weren't allowed to say fart because it was considered a swear.

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    1. I agree with teaching kids that they don't need to use cuss words to communicate, but in the case of this one that literally just fueled our fires! ;-)

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  3. "Barking spider" is a new term to me, and i can't wait to use it!

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    1. It's fairly common, and just seemed like a fun play on the cue. I felt like being silly today. :-)

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  4. I was raised that way too. And it's funny, I hadn't heard the term "barking spiders" in years. The book I just finished reading (Leviathan, a nice bit of steampunk/fictional history) uses it as a swear expression, and now your blog post. Synchronicity!

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    1. How cool! Papa Bear uses It every now and then, and I picked it up from him. It's probably a better way of addressing the issue with kids than having them commenting about farts in public. :-)

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  5. You will probably find that many families have such euphemisms. Australian language has hundreds of adopted ones and almost unknown to the rest of the English speaking world.

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    1. I think that's true, Old Egg. Papa Bear and I were raised in different parts of the country and we call many things by different names... and most definitely different pronunciations, though I assure him that my way is clearly the right way! ;-)

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  6. Lol Josie. I'm not going to tell my boys about that app. I think they'd enjoy it just a little too much. My great grandmother called a fart a "prump".

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    1. The app truly is hysterical, we were testing them while riding in the car and we both were laughing so hard it was ridiculous. I can imagine how my sister's daughter loved hearing about them from her little girl when she came home from grandma's house!!! I can see where "prump" might sound just right for some rumbles. :-)

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  7. LOL - my kids would love this. My 6 year old doesn't even need it - she's the only person I ever met who can fart consistently on demand. She IS the fart app. LOL

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    1. Yes they would! It is so much fun, but would probably wear out it's welcome before long! LOL at your daughter being the farts app, I think she and I would get along famously! :-))

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  8. Haven't heard the term "barking spiders" in years! Too funny. And this just proves that there really is an app for everything.

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    1. Isn't that the truth, Lisa! Ten years ago we never would have imagined that those wonderful new cell phones would soon take over our lives and make it possible to do just about anything and find out about everything at the touch of the screen, even mimic farts!! :-)

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