Abboism #37: Clam Chowder

July 22, 2014 in Abboism, Southern vernacular by

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Abboism #37: Clam Chowder

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Abboism of the Week: Clam Chowder

Clam chowder – n.

Definition: dog food.

Origin: my dad (which makes this a true Abboism)

Synonym: none

Can you use it in a sentence?

“Come on, boys, and get your clam chowder!”

Abboism Extra

My dad would often give our mutts purebred names. Teddy, a part-German shepherd, was dubbed Mortimer Theodore Snerd. Chubs, the muttiest mutt of them all, was That Big Ol’ Boner Boof Dog. My brother and I joined in the fun, giving Jobo the name Joseph Beauregard Pittman III.

Why, then, would Dad not upgrade their food from bagged dog food or table scraps to clam chowder? Like our “pedigreed” dogs, this was in name only, of course.

Check out “Lines in the Gravel: The Cornbread Incident” for deeper insight into Dad and his dogs. You’ll even find a clam chowder reference…and know what it means!


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Owning Clam Chowder

Supposedly, you have to use a word or phrase three times before you “own it.”  Feel free to incorporate Abboisms like like clam chowder into your own vernacular.  Use it three times and it’s yours.
Thanks for reading.
For the next generation,
Al Ainsworth

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