Sometimes all you need is a word. For us, that word has been “velvis” for a while now. No matter what is going on in our house, no matter how dull or serious the mood, if you slip “velvis” into the conversation, it’s sure to set into motion a serious of smirks and giggles. It all started when my husband and I went to a concert in medical school at a local pub, and the singer kept singing the line “mama loves velvis!” over and over again. Except, we were sure that couldn’t be what he was saying. Instead of dancing or clapping, we just stood there with confused expressions on our faces, listening as hard as we could, asking “what is he saying?” ”velvis?” or “Elvis?” By the time the song was over, even though I was sure the singer was just mispronouncing “mama loves elvis,” I couldn’t get “velvis” out of my head. Hmmmm…what is a velvis? And why does mama love it so much? *elbow* *elbow* *wink* What does it mean? Something unmentionable, I’m sure. It makes me think of a pelvis, elvis, velvet….something hidden deep inside of you, or maybe just under your clothes, something valuable, something soft, and something a little bit naughty…not rated R, but certainly rated PG-13. Is it a velvet elvis? A velvet pelvis? Or elvis’ pelvis? Hmmmm….the possibilites are so taunting! Try it out: “stop sitting on my velvis!” “Where are my car keys?”/”Next to your velvis” “I don’t know…you’d better check with my velvis first.” I’m curious if this works for other people, or if it’s just us. Try using it at home and tell me what happens. [Oh NO!: I googled "velvis" and found that the word exists: A velvet elvis, which is a painting of elvis on velvet. This is really disappointing. I hope this doesn't ruin the word for us. But seriously, don't you think the word has so much more potential than that? Why limit the meaning to a velvet elvis?] Tell me: Do you have a word? What is it? What does it mean?