Weekend Writing Prompt — Kit and Caboodle

“Andy, what the hell did you stuff into this backpack?” Andy’s father asked him. “It weighs a ton. Did you pack the whole kit and caboodle?”

“The kit and the what?” Andy asked.”

“The kit and caboodle,” his father said. “It means that you’re taking with you more than you could possibly need. Like everything, including the kitchen sink.”

“Dad,” Andy said, “I think we’re experiencing a verbal generation gap when you use expressions like kit and caboodle.”

(Exactly 78 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “caboodle.”

10 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt — Kit and Caboodle

  1. Sadje October 3, 2021 / 9:01 am

    Haha! He’s perhaps right as not many people use this expression

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  2. Bill October 3, 2021 / 9:07 am

    Well done. My experiences with verbal generation gaps are usually the other way around, often just changing the meanings of existing words, possibly intended to keep the lexicographers employed. Cool, no?


    • Fandango October 3, 2021 / 1:43 pm

      I can relate. Like the younger generation saying something is “sick” when to them it means “cool” or being “down with something” means being good with it.

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      • Bill October 3, 2021 / 1:47 pm

        Yep. It is not getting any better.

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  3. Nope, Not Pam October 3, 2021 / 12:27 pm

    Sometimes my kids stare at me like I’m from Mars when I use an expression like this

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    • Fandango October 3, 2021 / 10:49 pm

      I’ve gotten that look, too.


  4. writerravenclaw October 3, 2021 / 12:52 pm

    That expression was used all the time when I was a child, but not so much now.

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  5. Marleen October 3, 2021 / 10:06 pm

    What’s a kitten caboodle?

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    • Fandango October 3, 2021 / 10:59 pm

      I give up. What is it? 😂


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