Triple God Dibs
My kid and her BFF Kira have been saying something for some months now that absolutely cracks me up. When they want to call ownership over something, instead of calling "dibs" per usual American lexicon, they call "triple God dibs."
To say it correctly, you have to say it quickly, and it almost comes out singsong. Example: "I call triple God dibs to play with My Little Pony first!" When they are together, I hear this phrase perhaps ten times in a quarter hour.
Finally, I asked about the etymology of the phrase. We all know what "dibs" is. What came first, the God or the multiplicity?
Apparently, it evolved into "double dibs" and then "triple dibs", each time adding intensity to the force of their staked claim. Kira added "God" because she as a Christian believes God created everything, so that invokes the most sacred power to this convention.
Triple God dibs. That has a ring to it.
I'm going to have to see if it has preemptive blanket usage that would magically protect all my stuff from being used by this little kid I live with. Kids think what's yours is theirs unless you specifically tell them not to touch it, and even then, it's iffy you'll be respected.
So many times I've found my items in Olivia's room/toy trunk/backpack/area. My high heels, photo album, makeup, pens, clothing - you name it.
I had to absolutely, upon pain of triple God grounding, call ixnay on my car keys after an experience in which she took those and stashed it in her dollhouse one time. Of course, I was in a rush to get somewhere on time when we launched the full-scale search for the keys.
I call triple God dibs to stop touching my stuff!