- It comes from the Zeitz family, at least as far as I’m concerned. That would be my Mom’s family. How it got started there is unclear to me. Perhaps Mom will tell us in the comments…
- It’s spelled M – U – H.
- Sometimes it is spelled and said together: “M – U – H, Muh!”
- Sometimes it’s on you: “Muh on Jason!”
- Sometimes you are one: “Jason is a Muh!”
- Sometimes it’s both: “Muh on Jason, Jason is a Muh!”
- It’s not mean.
- Jaime thinks it means “Sucks to be you,” but she’s an outsider, not raised in the Muh tradition. She’s learning though. Around 10 years of exposure and she’s starting to get it down. I think she still secretly thinks she’s right about the meaning, but she plays along.
- It works when you don’t know what else to say about a situation, but it’s best to know your audience and whether they can take the “Muh” at that time.
Now you know a bit more about my family “Muh” tradition and could probably survive a Zeitz family party.
You also might now have a sense for what an unbeliever feels when they walk into our church with so many strange phrases, symbols and traditions that we just “know” because we grew up in the family. Maybe this is why Paul went to people in their culture to share the Gospel with them. Maybe we should speak their language instead of expecting them to know ours.