Chris, our future son-in-law, is quietly amused by many of the things that he witnesses in our home. A prime source for his merriment is our flexible usage of the word “box.” In our vernacular, “box” can be virtually any device that is electronic in nature:
- The answering machine is the box.
- The garage door opener is the box.
- The VCR is the box.
- The DVD player is the box.
- The DVR (digital video recorder) is the box.
- Each of our 5 remotes is the box. (We need all 5, because the universal remote is actually only semi-universal.)
I want to give full and deserving credit to my wife for initiating and propagating this simple, yet curious naming custom. Yet, to be sure, I have easily and unknowing adopted her minimalist identification convention. Strangely, there is seldom any confusion as to which particular box is being referenced at a given time or situation.
Sometimes, my bride is able to skillfully use “the box” twice in the same sentence, but referencing two different entities, as in:
Although to my knowledge it hasn’t happened yet, I can conceive of a scenario where “the box” could legitimately occur thrice in a single sentence. Consider the phone ringing while watching TV – an all too likely possibility.
Yet with all of our boxes, we seem to get along just fine — and give Chris a reason to smile.