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Triple God Dibs

June 24th, 2013

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!

2 Responses to “Triple God Dibs”

  1. Ken Conklin:

    I wonder whether either kid knows the huge obscure word "quadruple"?

    By the way Diane, many people might not know that you posted blogs on Friday and Monday, because the one that shows up in the newspaper's front page online blog box is the one from last Wednesday "The Swiss family Schworer." I found the Friday and Monday entries only because I use a bookmark to access your most recent entry. Also, best wishes to Claus.

  2. Diane Ako:

    Ken Conklin, Thanks and thanks!

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