My daughter has recently released the newest interactive version in her speaking game collection entitled, ‘Whass Dat?’ The rules are simple. Walk around all day pointing and touching different things wherever we go, look up at me and hit me with the question like machine gun fire.
At first I thought it might be a quirky catchphrase that would grab her a TV series lead, like Urkel with ‘Did I Dooo That?’, or Fonzie with his classic lean-back ‘Eeeeeey’.
The only star in this TV series is my migraine headache with crows feet and gray hair rounding out the supporting cast.
Generally the questions start out simple, kind of like playing the ‘Bet You Know It’ Edition of Trivial Pursuit.
AVA: Whass’ Dat? (pointing at the light in the living room)
ME: That’s a lamp, honey.
Then it moves onto the moderately difficult ‘Junior Edition’, with a question like:
AVA: Whass’ Dat? (pointing at a man on the sidewalk riding a segway)
ME: That’s just a two-wheeled self balancing personal transport, darling.
And finally it jumps into the Master Edition, with a question that is virtually unanswerable.
AVA: Whass’ Dat? (pointing at my junk as I step out of the shower)
ME: ASK YOUR MOM.
EDITOR’S NOTE: I drew the question mark on the fridge for this one with crayon without consulting my wife first, now I can’t get it off. Taking suggestions on industrial cleaning solutions before she gets home from work.