Why am I calling everybody this? I mean everybody. Caught myself saying it to a bus driver today. It feels good to say, and stuff, but really, it makes no sense. I don’t even know what it means.

5 Comments to “Schmoo.”

  1. By Zen Render, March 27, 2006 @ 12:52 am

    I remember once knowing someone who used “schmoopy” as a term of endearment.

    There’s also, of course, Schmoo, which was created by the Lil’ Abner guy, and later turned into a cartoon of dubious quality…

  2. By Liz, March 27, 2006 @ 2:14 pm

    I remember the Schmoo guy. He was pretty heavily marketed, as I recall.

  3. By arwen, March 27, 2006 @ 9:25 pm

    Also, my first husband called me Schmoo. My mother felt creeped out by this, since the cartoon schmoo would turn itself into whatever you needed. Like that, I say. I doubt my ex was aware of that.
    Also, the diminutive, “Shmoodle”.

  4. By Sarah, April 3, 2006 @ 4:25 am

    Terms of endearment are weird. About a year and a half ago, I started calling Rowan “Boo”. I don’t know where it came from inside my head, but it began when I was sleep-training her and babbling sweet nothings into her ear to get her to relax and go to sleep. Inintially, it was something along the lines of, “You are such a Sleepy-Boo, go to sleep already,” and that morphed into Boo for all occasions. I have been known to occasionally refer to Lilah as Boo as well, or Lilah-Boo, and sometimes Michael is called Boo, too, much to his surprise.

    I make my peace with this by remembering that I have an aunt who calls everyone she loves “Bum”.

  5. By Liz, April 3, 2006 @ 11:59 pm

    Maybe it’s the long o sound? It’s just fun.

    I still call my brother Bo. He thinks it’s a variation of Bro, but I think it might be short for ‘Bodach’, a kind of grumpy-old-man figure in Gaelic tales. He’s been a grumpy old man for his whole life, really.

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