goober fishThe gooberfish came into existence around 2000. Someone had given me a puppy for my graduation and he loved squeak toys. Of course he used them to talk and since he had so much to say and so much chewing to get in he quite frequently chewed through or destroyed the squeakers. After going through several toys a friend of ours took pity on us (or maybe she was just tired of hearing her dog squeak so much?) and gave us the gooberfish. She assured us that the gooberfish would not die and I think we only believed her a little bit.

The gooberfish was highly used for awhile. In fact, the dog squeaked it so much that the bird took to imitating it! Whenever the dog would start squeaking, the bird would echo and it would get quite noisy! The gooberfish got “lost” at the bottom of the toy basket several times, but my dog was always resourceful in digging through everything to find it again when he wanted it.

The gooberfish did NOT die and all these years later is still in fine fettle–except for some wear around the edges. The years have not improved on its looks in the least. Teddy the dog doesn’t use it talk as much anymore being an older dog now with less to say, but the gooberfish has gifted us with a brand new way to describe a myriad of things.

No one really wants to be called a gooberfish (because it’s so ugly and so annoying!), but I think we all know we’ve acted like one at one time or another. For instance, when you were taking that bite of chocolate cake and forgot to close your mouth afterwards…what a mess you gooberfish!

I’ve described myself as a gooberfish when I slipped and fell on a floor that I knew was slippery, but failed to take proper precautions!

I’ve called fellow drivers gooberfish when they’ve beeped at me and waved their arms wildly at me just because I stopped a red light sooner than they would have liked.

There always seem to be gooberfish involved in store checkout lines particularly when you are in a hurry. Either the cashier acts in a particularly slow and gooberfish manner, or the person in front of you seems to have excessive requests and keeps acting like a gooberfish long past their turn!

Thankfully, I don’t know any people who are gooberfish all the time. They just have their gooberfish moments.

What about you? Have you encountered any gooberfish lately?


About Bethy

I'm a wife and mother who loves cooking and organizing and crafts! I blog about my various food intolerances and how I am always learning new ways to feed my family in spite of them! I am also a Lemongrass Spa consultant! Please contact me if you want more information about an awesome company! Thanks for reading my story!

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  1. Yes, the gooberfish is interesting!

    Yes, the design is new. I thought maybe it was time since you almost suggested it and since I got notification it’s been a year since I started blogging!

    Funny you should mention that…something the professor said this week reminded me of the gooberfish and inspired me to write about it. šŸ˜€


      • Um…I can’t remember specifically? It’s a bit of a rabbit trail but since the professor probably invented rabbit trails…I was mulling over one of your compliments on my use of Punchy Argot (what is argot by the way?) And wondering why I could just see where those exclamations fit into sentences so easily. I thought maybe it was all those spelling sentences I did in school but that didn’t seem quite right. Then I remembered …we used to do make up words all the time when we were home together doing school! Then I tried to think of a word we made up but I couldn’t because trying to think is the absolute worst thing you could do. Then I remembered seeing the gooberfish at my mom’s house a few weeks ago. I don’t remember who actually started using the word first but I remembered enough to start writing.
        And there you go! A rabbit trail!


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