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Title: "tickle box"
Post by: KatyD on April 26, 2012, 02:44 PM
Have you ever heard the expression: "Who turned over your tickle box?" Would your 3-6 year old understand its meaning?

Thanks!

Katy
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Post by: CaroleB on April 26, 2012, 02:46 PM
Hey Katy,
I'm older than 3-6 and I don't get it. Never heard of it before.  :grin
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Post by: AmyD on April 26, 2012, 02:48 PM
No, never. And I have 4 kids between 3-10. What exactly does it mean?
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Post by: KatyD on April 26, 2012, 02:49 PM
Ha! Thanks, Carole. I was thinking it might be a southern thing. Or maybe just a I'm-showing-my-age old fashioned thing.  :grin
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Post by: JennaWren on April 26, 2012, 02:49 PM
Huh. I've never heard of it either....
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Post by: KatyD on April 26, 2012, 02:51 PM
When we were kids (somewhere back in the Ice Ages), I remember when we would get to laughing uncontrollably as kids often do, parents/relatives/adults would say, "What turned over your tickle box?"

K
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Post by: kathym44 on April 26, 2012, 02:59 PM
I've never heard this expression. I teach this age group & don't think they would understand it.
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on April 26, 2012, 03:02 PM
Nope, this New England woman of a certain age has never heard that expression.  :)
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Post by: LeslieG on April 26, 2012, 03:09 PM
It's a new one to me, too.
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Post by: CaroleB on April 26, 2012, 03:36 PM
Ha! Thanks, Carole. I was thinking it might be a southern thing. Or maybe just a I'm-showing-my-age old fashioned thing.  :grin

Well, I ain't no (yes, I said "ain't no") spring chicken, KatyD. :)
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Post by: Lill on April 26, 2012, 03:36 PM
It's new to me too, and I grew up in the Deep South.
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Post by: Jaina on April 26, 2012, 03:41 PM
I live in the Shallow South and I've never heard it, either. 
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Post by: Rachel on April 26, 2012, 03:45 PM
I've never heard it either!
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Post by: amberturner on April 26, 2012, 04:38 PM
What a hoot. My grandmother (in Alabama) used to say this a lot. I have not heard it in a long time, though.

It also made me think of something else she used to say..."Do you need to go to the tinkle box?"
Title: Re: "tickle box"
Post by: KatyD on April 26, 2012, 04:42 PM
Lill--I was sure, SURE, that you, if anyone, would have known the expression.  :grin

Amber--I'm glad at least someone's heard of it, but I'll have to rethink that line in my ms, for sure.

K
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Post by: Liz Straw on April 26, 2012, 05:24 PM
I've heard it, but it was a looong time ago.  Grew up in Northern Indiana.  Entire family did, except for two years we lived in NJ.

 :snork
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Post by: Anne Marie on April 26, 2012, 05:25 PM
Never heard it.
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Post by: ruecole on April 26, 2012, 05:39 PM
My dad say "tickle buttons" to refer to the ticklish spots, but I haven't heard "tickle box" yet. But I kind of got the idea from the context what it was. Like those baby dolls you used to flip over and they'd say "mama" or cry. Not sure if kids today would be that astute.

Rue
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Post by: nealwriter on April 26, 2012, 06:29 PM
I have never heard it but it's a good expression. I think you should still use it in your puce, especially if you give some context clues. At least it's not cliche.
Title: Re: "tickle box"
Post by: Lill on April 26, 2012, 06:44 PM
I've heard giggle box but not tickle box.  And now that I think of it "giggle box" was used in much the same way as you describe tickle box. Who turned on your giggle box? Although, I think someone could also be called a giggle box. You're such a giggle box.

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Post by: Tamilyn on April 27, 2012, 08:35 AM
KatyD, I'm with nealwriter. It's absolutely clear what it means to anybody of any age (even though most of us haven't heard it before). Go ahead and use this awesome phrase: it'll be a fresh and immediate image to kids hearing it for the first time and might have deeper regional/generational resonances for older readers.  :dr
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Post by: KatyD on April 27, 2012, 07:13 PM
Thanks, Tamilyn--and nealwriter!  I might just go for it. :yup
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Post by: Vijaya on April 27, 2012, 08:41 PM
I've never heard of tickle box but I love it. I think kids will get it from the context.
Vijaya (who is extremely ticklish)
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Post by: Eric Hammond on April 27, 2012, 09:15 PM
Both my parents and all my relatives were from Alabama, and I've heard it.
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Post by: DonnaE on April 28, 2012, 05:28 AM
Oh yeah. The tickle box! That was a running expression at our house. "Who turned your tickle box upside down?"
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Post by: KatyD on April 28, 2012, 05:33 PM
Well, I'm glad to know that I'm not crazy and that some people, do, in fact, use that expression.  :)
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Post by: writermom on April 28, 2012, 05:39 PM
My mom said giggle box. Maybe it's justva Texas expression.
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Post by: Cassandra on April 28, 2012, 05:43 PM
I never heard it but I love it. I don't know if kids that young would figure it out on it's own, but I'm sure in context they will understand enough of it's meaning to follow the story the first time through. It's a delightful, fun, phrase, and so totally you!
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Post by: ButterflyGirl on April 28, 2012, 05:58 PM
Nope, never heard the expression -- but it's very cute.  I think it would be easy to understand in context.  I used to be a regular on a local (San Francisco) children's TV show called, "The Git Box Tickle."   The name made no sense, but we sure had fun.