Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Vybafnout

Some joys are priceless, and all children, regardless of which cultures they hail from, learn to enjoy them. 

One such joy is Vybafnout, Czech for the act of jumping out from a hiding place or from behind a wall or a door and surprising someone by saying ‘boo’.

I can remember when Vybafnout was a whole lot of fun. Sadly, in growing up, I traded Vybafnout for a frown on the forehead and a serious, long face. Not a good trade at all.

Today, my kids practice Vybafnout every chance they get.

To keep the fun quotient high, I ensure that I act suitably startled, clutching my hand to my chest and acting as if the boo has caused me to lose my equilibrium. The kids like that, even though they know I’m only kidding.

I know that, because once I was so preoccupied, I didn’t put on my act, and they told me that it is better when I act frightened out of my wits. Since then I oblige.


I hope you’re not too old to enjoy Vybafnout.


10 comments:

  1. Hi Cynthia - well that is one mouthful of a world ... I cannot even begin to think how to pronounce it ... and usually those sorts of things don't flummox me - but it's 'a good game'! ... Cheers Hilary

    http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/v-is-for-vaynol-cattle.html

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    1. I guess little children find it most amusing. My kids always try it, and they are very disappointed when I don't get startled.

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  2. Last time I played Vybafnout was as an adult, and I nearly provoked a heart attack. Just exaggerating, but the other adult get a real fright, so I've stopped for a while... :|
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    1. I never thought of that. Best to go slow then. A heart attack is one consequence of Vybafnout that will haunt us for the rest of our lives.

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  3. I'm 70 and Charlie - the 3 YO grandson- loves to play 'boo'. He's pretty loud so I never get scared, but he does and thinks it is hilarious.

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    1. Kids are the ones who love Vybafnout. Mine do. In fact, I rarely get startled, and that disappoints them. I now try to pretend to be startled out of my wits.

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  4. Such a sweet post! I still love indulging in Vybafnout, especially when I'm around kids!

    I have been behind schedule, but I want to finish this before April ends!

    https://akprowling.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/s-is-for-surprises-followed-by-t-u-and-v/

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    1. I won't admit to it generally, but I like indulging in Vybafnout too.

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  5. Vybafnout is a popular game with all kids. I'm not sure my nerves can take it now :)

    Suzy at Someday Somewhere - Variety of thoughts

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    1. That is why I Vybafnout as gently as possible.

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