The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #139603   Message #3204387
Posted By: MGM·Lion
09-Aug-11 - 01:02 AM
Thread Name: Did they really do that?
Subject: RE: Did they really do that?
Valerie & I used to have a useful marital word of the sort households all create by a kind of internal folk process for interruptions of this sort, whether practising, working on computer, concentrating on a bit of reading, or whatever. She would always say "I'm not very speakable to" when busy; whence I created the acronym

INVEST

which we both honoured without question as a signal which said "I do not propose to engage you in conversation at this moment, kindly return later".

Never failed, nor caused the slightest marital discord. I commend it to Gurney to try.

~Michael~