Years ago, I was trying to say either "For real?" or "Really?" in response to some news, but somehow, the phrase came out "For really?" Which sounds ridiculous.
That probably would have been the end of the matter, except I happened to have this slip of the tongue while on camera; my dad was taking a family video.
To this day, most of the people in my family still use the phrase "For really?" instead of the more normal "For real?" or "Really?", simply because of my misstep. Maybe all of the strangers who hear us simply think that we are crazy.
Another unusually formed word we use is the word meaning to describe the action of looking at someone with an angry face.
It all started when my little brother said, (15 years ago), "Rachel, the cat is meaning at us!"
Our cat was indeed staring at us with a fixed and rather unfriendly glare, and ever since then, every member of our family (and quite a few outsiders, too) have come to know and to use the word meaning in everyday conversation. I use it with Angel in response to some of his pranks.
"I'm meaning at you." is one of the most succinct ways of telling someone, "It's obvious by the look on my face that I am not pleased with your current behavior, so it would go well with you if you were to stop."
Meaning. For really?
Has your family developed any unusual phrases or words that have come into common use over the years, but which might confuse someone who sticks to dictionary English?