A Crappy Cat Related Kiddism

Crappy Boy wants to do a project on the kitchen table but Crappy Cat is sitting on the table.

He is not supposed to be on the kitchen table. He is also in Crappy Boy’s way.

This is what I overhear from the next room:

being-have-kitty

Apparently, Crappy Cat didn’t listen.

Because:

being-have-kitty-1

Not being ‘hayve’? What does that mean – Oh!

He means behave.

All this time he has thought that ‘behave’ was two words. Like ‘be good’ or ‘be calm’ or ‘be happy’.

To be have

So adorable, it was tempting to not correct him. Preserve it for just a bit longer. He hasn’t had a language kiddism like this in a very long time. I rather miss them.

Got a kiddism to share?

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724 Responses to A Crappy Cat Related Kiddism

  1. Guinness girl says:

    My 3 year old son says ‘mananana’ for banana! He also got a bit confused when I was explaining about boys/girls and penises/ vaginas, and so when I said I was a girl, he looked at me with wide open eyes and said, ‘Mommy, you a GIANT!’ :-D

  2. Nadine says:

    We’re a French/English household. My son habitually switches from one to the other, generally favouring English. However, one of his recent adorable anglicisms is to follow my husband down to our basement gym so he can “make my extercises”, which, mispronunciation aside, is a literal translation of “faire mes exercises”. He’s now always after us to “make your extercises!”

    • Michelle C says:

      Mine too, Nadine! Mine are 20 and 22 now, but have used phrases like make your shopping. When my kids were little, my hubby swore a lot (who am I kidding, he still does LOL) and I’d always get on his case about it. He switched to French and thought nothing of it until my daughter’s first word was “sacrement”, used in the proper context around 15 months.

    • Wolfy says:

      My husband makes fun of me because I always say “close the light” which is a direct translation to “fermer la lumiere” . This amuses him to no end, because I don’t say “turn off the light”. However, in my defense, I still don’t think that particular example is as funny as he thinks, because when you are turning off the light switch, you are effectively closing the circuit, so therefore “close the light” would still be an accurate term. ;0)

      • Dana says:

        Well, it makes sense in the context of close = shut, and you shut off the light.

      • Beverley M says:

        My daughter is in French Immersion, and she says close the light sometimes, it’s funny. Now I say it that way sometimes, too, and I don’t actually speak French beyond (poor) high school level.

        But actually, when you’re turning off a light switch, you’re breaking the circuit. You’re closing it to make a full loop when it’s on… but nice try ;)

      • jon says:

        ~very~ technically speaking you “open” the circuit (disconnect the wires) to shut off the lighr.

  3. Bess says:

    I have twin boys. Because we always said, “Do you want Mommy/Daddy to hold you?”, now if they want to be picked up they’ll reach up & say, “Mommy hold you.” or “Daddy hold you.”
    we have never corrected it because we think it is so cute. Oh, and we’ve tried to teach them to say “Excuse me” when they fart. But anytime someone says excuse me for anything else, they’ll look at them and say, “You fart?”

    • Kari says:

      Yes! My daughter says “Mommy. I want hold you.” So adorable.

    • Lisa says:

      My daughter used to say, “I hold you me?” when she wanted to be picked up. And of course, I held her me!

      • Bricia R. Bartlett says:

        My son still says “take him” my husband and I ask each other “honey, can you take him” so 4yo will say “can you take him me?” And referring to anything else, he uses the term apropiately. But if he wants to be held, he will ask to “take him me”

      • mary says:

        Both my kids used similar phrase:
        “sit lap me?”
        I would melt.

    • Carla says:

      My daughter says that too! When she wants me to pick her up – “Mommy hold you.” I don’t have the heart to correct her because I think it’s so cute.

    • Baguette does that, too–she’s just starting to get her pronouns straight, but it’ll still be a while. This is a really common one, though!

    • Rachael says:

      My 2yo says, “Mommy, I want to carry you” when she wants me to carry her. :)

      • Mercy says:

        Ha, I thought mine was the only one who said that. She’s 3 and still says it.

        • Teri says:

          My 3 yr old son says, “Can I pick you up?” My other favorite is when he is hungry he asks, “Would I like something to eat?”

      • Aussie Sarah says:

        My 3 &½ yo used to say “Carry you” to us, only because we asked her if she wanted us to “carry you?”… Now, her younger sister who just turned 2 today (happy birthday, baby!!), she only started to speak in full sentences a few months ago, but she picked that up pretty quickly early on. So there it is… we love “carrying you” those girls… I love these little kiddisms…
        Banana: a-Bana
        I love you: I lull loo

    • Johanna says:

      Seriously, are you in my house? My 2.5yo daughter EXACTLY! “mommy hode ewe”

  4. Shirley-Anne says:

    The other day my 3 year old daughter overheard me talking about having a Raffi song stuck in my head. She kindly offered to “dig it out with a spoon”.

  5. Julie says:

    Despite being only 2.5, my daughter doesn’t mispronounce too many words. Our absolute favorite kidism though is hangeburger (hamburger). No matter how many times we repeat the word she says hangeburger, it is the cutest thing ever.

  6. LIZA- says:

    I love this! My son says “our compartment” Instead of apartment… We live in NYC… I don’t correct him… I LOVE IT. AND WILL MISS IT;)

  7. Virginia says:

    My 4 year old kidlette insists that the are ‘DVDVees’ instead of ‘DVDs’. I correct her sometimes, but it’s mainly too cute to argue with.

  8. Jan says:

    8 and 9 and they still call the thing you pack your clothes in for a vacation a soup-case. Even though both could probably spell it correctly. I never want them to stop.

  9. Courtney says:

    The other night my 3 yr old daughter threw up in bed. Yuck! As I was changing her sheets she asked me if I got the other “suitcase”. After a few “whats?” she clarified with the “pillow suitcase”.

    She also used to get “hair band” and “band-aid” confused, as in “I need a band-aid to put my hair up.”

  10. Abby says:

    When my youngest was about two, she would ask if she could sit “benext” to me, combining beside and next to. It was the cutest thing and I was so sad when her older sister corrected her and she stopped saying it!

  11. Lauren says:

    Well my youngest is 2 and a princess :) We were going through the princesses the other night. There is “Rella” for Cinderella and “Jathsmine” for Jasmine. Then we get to my Favorite Princesses of all time Sleeping Beauty and Snow White and my youngest responds “Mommy those be Seeping Booty and Snow Wipe.” Lord have mercy I haven’t laughed so hard in a while :)

  12. Dale says:

    OMG, YES! Every night for their entire lives, we sing my boys their “Loving Song”. There’s a line about being “Unique and Precious”. I never thought about it before, but the other week, my 7 yo decided to sign it to himself. He sang, “I-nique and precious boys, I’ve been perfect all along…” and it was awesome!!! He never realized unique is a word… he thought we were calling him “nique”.

  13. Nicky says:

    My 7 1/2 years old STILL says “please canmay I be excused” when she wants to get down, with the two words smashed together as one. I absolutely FORBID anyone else in the family to point it out to her. I want it to last as long as possible.

  14. SJH says:

    My sister and her little boy Kayden live with my parents, who have several small children of their own. 2-year-old Ellie once informed my mom rather defensively, “Kayden not your mommy! Kayden’s Rachel’s mommy. Kayden’s your gramma!” My mom could only laugh and say, “Something like that.”

    Also, when my younger brother learned how to write, we finally realized how he visualized/pronounced things: every word that ended in “ing,” he spelled “een.” Listening closely, we realized that’s exactly how he said them too.

  15. Allison N says:

    My son says “being hayve” too!! It’s seriously adorable. (He’s 4 now.) He also tells me to “read the constructions” when we have to put something together. He used to call “bathing suits” “baby suits”, and I was so sad when he figured out the right word!

    • Jenny says:

      Omg, last summer my daughter was 2 and called bathing suits “baby soups”… Loved it. Had forgotten. Thanks for the memory!!

    • Mia says:

      My daughter used to say ‘bay-bing’ suit. :)

      • Ali says:

        Mine did, too! She also said “qwen-bin” for penguin. Oh, and “I’m a little pea” for L M N O P in the alphabet song. So cute!

    • Kathy says:

      My son calls them bay-ling suits. He is 7 and his brothers have given up trying to correct him. He says he just can’t “renember” to say it right.

    • anne says:

      yes! my youngest, alexa, thinks all our swimwear matches our titles, thanks to bathing suits, or as she says “bebe suits” i have the “mama-suit” of course, there’s “papa-suit” and her older sister wears a “la-la suit”. chloe is her sister’s name but somehow la la came out instead and even me and my husband refer to her as la la. she is starting to say chloe more but even chloe likes and will miss, la la. :)

    • kaytee says:

      We also have one that thinks it’s two words. “Mommy, I am being hayve, can I go to Natalie’s house?” He’s a little over 3 and I hope it never stops.

    • Emma says:

      Yup, my 4 year old reads the “constructions” for lego too!

      • Briony says:

        I love the ‘constructions’, so logical. We have them in our house too (although my 6 year old is starting to call them instructions), if we have Ikea furniture to make, I also refer to them as constructions.

  16. Sherilyn says:

    My five year old still says it’s “Freeze and cold outside” instead of freezing cold. I don’t bother correcting her :)

  17. Lara says:

    2 years ago, on our first trip from Canada to Orlando… We explained to our then 4yo that USA was a different country, land, etc. He has been calling Orlando “Other-lando” ever since.

  18. Doranna Benker Gilkey says:

    My 3yo boy says he “can’t like” something. I have a hard time arguing with that! I also found myself using the term now too.

    • Meredith says:

      We have that saying in our house, too! Except, we pronounce it like the kids do… we can’t “yike” things. :)

    • Jenny says:

      My 2 yo son says that too and I love it! Everyone in our extended family now says it, even family that lives across the country! Makes me wonder when he’ll ever stop saying it since everyone around him does!

    • Tasha says:

      When my child was a toddler, he used to say “I can’t want!” all the time. The whole family now uses this phrase to this day. He would also ask, “For why?”

      so cute.

  19. Debbie says:

    My 3 year old says “Golden Bloons!” for gold doubloons. :)

  20. Meredith says:

    Our three-year-old doesn’t call sleeves “sleeves”; he calls them “arm shirts”.

  21. Jenny says:

    My three year old says “meter” instead of “mirror”…. No idea why. Took us a while to figure out what she meant when she said “I want to look in the meter!! The METER!!”

    Also, she has recently become afraid to sleep in her room alone. I thought this might be a good time to move her 4 mo old sis into the crib, since they’ll be sharing a room. I asked if she’d like that, so she wouldn’t be alone. She said no. She wanted someone in there who could talk, and had legs that walked. LOL.

  22. Amy says:

    My mom has my son (1.5) calling milk ‘moo juice.’ At first I was a little horrified, but I do realize I’ll miss it when he stops.

    • mb says:

      Hahaha- I nannied for two little girls from differentfamilies (at the same time). One was allowed juice, while the other was only allowed milk or water (imagine the conflicts). So one day I told her she could have her cow juice, and the littler, juice drinking one thought it was so funny that she started calling it cow juice.

      Her mother was slightly horrified…

  23. Sri says:

    On a recent trip to Dubai & Abu Dhabi, my 3 yo kept referring to the city as “Adu Bhabi”.

    And while he has corrected most of his sentences, he still says “I want to carry you, mamma” when he wants to be carried by me. LOL!

  24. Cheryl says:

    Ty (5yo): I got my jammies on.
    Me: That was quick.
    Ty: Yah, it only took a little bit of a while.
    Me: A little bit of a while?
    Ty: Yah, only half of a while.

  25. Maria says:

    My daughter is 16 now, but when she was 1, she loved chocolate but she called it chopick. One time we were in Target around Valentines day, so she was 16 months, and she threw a tantrum and was screaming “”chopick! CHOPICK!” because I wouldn’t give it to her. By the time she was 4, we had lost almost all the kiddisms, but words that had endings like -ular or -ator were mispronounced for a couple more years. She liked to press the buttons on the “cackliator”, she wanted to be “popliar in school”, she wanted to play onthe “compigger”, round things were “circliar”. Now the kiddisms are backwards. A common conversation in our house begins with her saying, “MOM! You need to BEHAVE!” And I always reply with, “I am always HAYVE!” So your post made me laugh!

  26. Amy says:

    Instead of “Holy Guacamole!” my 6 year old says “Holy Call-a-mole-meat!” It makes me crack up every time!

    He also says “Home sweep home” (I guess I do seep a lot)

  27. Jill says:

    What happened with the cat?!?

  28. Abby says:

    My 4-year old calls the blender a “smoother”…you know, for making smoothies! My 22-month old calls it the “loud loud” because he doesn’t like the noise when we blend up the smoothies.

  29. Sophie Wolford says:

    My son calls Soy Sauce, Soy-o Sauce…he’s 5 and we have tried to correct it. But to no avail lol

  30. Jen says:

    My 5 year old still says “consplosions” for explosions, and “constructions” for instructions. Still cute!

  31. Nickol says:

    When my 11 year old daughter was 2 she called a hamburger a ‘cow-cookie’. All one word and in a squeaky mush mouth dialect, it took me a week to figure out exactly what she was saying. Out of 5 little ones, that’s my favorite so far.

  32. Betty says:

    “Table of Context” is in the front of a book.

  33. ashley says:

    When the bean was about 14 months old, she started to say I love you back to us, but her version was “ah loo”. She says it correctly now, but my husband and I still say it to each other…

    • Lindsay says:

      My three year old used to say “too” for “I love you”

      “I love you sweetheart!”
      “Too mommy!”

      • Kayla says:

        Mine would be

        3 y.o: I love you
        me: I love you too!
        3 y.o: I love you…. ten! *fingers outstretched* (the biggest number he knew then!)

  34. Barb says:

    When my son was younger, he couldn’t quite get the hang of the word “toothpaste.” For a while, it came out as “pooptaste.” Which made us laugh, so we didn’t correct him.

  35. Amanda says:

    My little one calls an astronaut an “astrosnot”
    I never thought I would love astrosnot so much.

  36. Nicole says:

    My 7 year old calls instructions, “destructions.” No one is allowed to correct him. It’s his last remaining kiddism…. :(

  37. Jennifer R says:

    I read “being hayve” in Billy Crystal’s voice from Princess Bride! LOL!

  38. Kylie says:

    My daughter always wants to help herself to the pretzels rather than me do it for her, and I would always tell her not to take “too many”. Now when she is given a serving of anything and you ask her how many she wants, she always asks for “too many” – like it is a unit of measure! (She is only 2).

  39. Jodi says:

    My oldest (when she was about 3) said “fridger-fridger” (refrigerator) and my current 4yo says “croca-dator” (crocodile + alligator) and loves me “really much.”

  40. Kathleen says:

    My four year old says ‘creditor’ instead of ‘predator’ when discussing his multitude of meat eating dinosaurs. I did not correct him immediately either…but to be fair, he was not entirely off the mark….

    • Colleen says:

      Ha! My kid used the same word. He once wanted me to pretend to be a “creditor” and “eat him up”. Once I figured out what he meant I told him creditor and predator can be more or less the same thing. ;)

    • Kathleen says:

      Also my brother’s child referred to popcorn as ‘porn’. She saw it for sale in a movie store and kept loudly requesting it. ‘Daddy I want porn!’ She was rather quickly corrected on that one!

  41. Erin says:

    My 7 year old has a mash-up word that I adore: recofer (pronounced wreck-o-fer). It’s recommend and prefer smushed together, as in, I do not recofer broccoli. I love it! It’s a very useful word.

  42. Megan says:

    My little guy used to say “moose me” instead of “excuse me.” He’s figured it out now, but my husband and I still use “moose me.” Much cuter :)

  43. Colleen says:

    My seven year old still says “That’s whys” when he is explaining something. Of course it sounds like “That’s wise”… which makes sense to say when you are justifying a behavior… wise choice of behavior or not… and when you’re seven, wise behaviors can be a bit tricky to take control of. But that’s whys he explains them. ;)

    It’s his only remaining kidism I think, but it has long been one of my favorites.

    • Donna says:

      When my daughter was 3 she loved “buttflies “butterflies I still call them that. In kindergarten I usedto get called because she was putting. “Callipitters ” catterpillers in her pocket at recess and bringing them oxide the classroom. I miss those days

  44. Vic says:

    My 5 year old daughter started school here in the UK in September at a catholic school , at Xmas we realised she believed Jesus was in fact “cheeseus” and baby Cheeseus was born in a manger !

    • diane says:

      Babysitting my niece (5) the other day, she started talking about the Little Baby Cheeses…referring to what she had learnt at school about Christmas ..

    • Sara says:

      My 5yo daughter was singing “Jeeesus is bored” before her older brother corrected her.

  45. Bridgett P says:

    My almost 3 year-old once handed me my bra in the morning and told me to put my “booboos” on. While shopping ans going past the lingerie department, she was amazed at “booboos everywhere!” Then she proudly announced, “My mommy has booboos, too.””’

    • Amber says:

      My daughter calls bras boobies. The best is when she’ll put my bra on and say “mommy, I’m wearing your boobies” I die! And the time my husband took her to Target and she starts yelling out “boobies!” as he walks be the bras. Awkward. lol

      • Trisha_K says:

        For my 4 year old, both breasts and bras are “goobies”. She pointed out Ariel’s goobies when we were on our Disney cruise – thankfully not many people were around to hear her!

      • Joanna says:

        My daughter, when she was just turned two was in a department store with me and saw a huge rack of bikinis.

        She gazed in wonder and yelled ‘Look Mammy! SWIMMING BOOBIES’

    • Toby says:

      My 3 year old calls bras, iBras. Sort of like iPad.

    • patty b says:

      My 3 and 4 call it a braf.

  46. Megan says:

    Lol, that’s funny! Our two year old calls lemonaid, lemon-emon-aid. :)

  47. Margaret says:

    All of these are so cute!
    When I was a kid, I thought the Pledge of Allegiance said “One nation under God, ‘individual,’ with liberty and justice for all.”
    I had a friend who was a year younger than me, and when I was 5 and she was 4, she used the word “besign” instead of “design” so I told one of my other friends about it while we were coloring and drawing one day, and we were giggling and drawing “besigns.”
    Also, with the same friend, we both used to call the Ninja Turtles, “The Teenage ‘Mutinant’ (“myoot-nant”) Ninja Turtles.” And then his dad explained to us what “mutiny” meant, and we found it hilarious :)

    • Margaret says:

      I forgot one- my little cousin used to say “Chlock-lit” instead f chocolate. How he could pronounce the word MORE difficultly than it actually was, I don’t know!
      He also used to say (during a love scene, or even just a kissing scene in a movie, “They’re doin’ the s-e-x!”

    • Jana says:

      My 3 year old calls them the “Injured Turtles” (instead of Ninja). I will not correct her!

  48. Kimberly says:

    I was devastated when my son stopped using “squee-zers” for scissors. THANKS, kindergarten!

  49. Kate says:

    My 7 year old (assisted by the fact that we speak English at home in a non-English speaking country) calls farts “tushy burps.” I have no intention of correcting that…

  50. claire says:

    That’s one that my mom tells a lot on herself. Her mom or grandma said something like “be sure to behave” and she said “I’m being hayve!”

  51. Sheri says:

    My daughter (4 1/2) still says “lasterday” instead of yesterday! It’s the cutest thing!!!

    • Emily says:

      My two year old says lasterday too! It’s last night, yesterday.

      • Margaret says:

        That’s cool! Kids invent such interesting words. I remember when I was little, I didn’t know the word “yesterday” but I knew the phrase “last night,” so I would say “last night” even if it happened during the daytime. I actually remember the day and moment I learned the word “yesterday,” because I remember being happy and relieved to finally have a word for what I knew wasnot quite covered by “last night.” I was abot 4 years old at a friend’s house, and I know I must have had a quizzical look on my face as I told a story abot the previous day, but “last night” didn’t quite fit the bill… My friend’s mom said, “You mean ‘yesterday?’” and that’s when it clicked! It’s weird how I have such early memories….

  52. Christina says:

    Instead of “good enough”, my 4 year old says things are “gooder enough” :)

  53. Nicola says:

    My middle son used to say “gub” instead of yes. He did this til he was gone 2.5. When he said it to someone who asked him a question, I explained “gub means yes”. He then repeated “gub mee yeah!” To everyone’s amusement. People kept trying to get me to correct him but I refused because I knew he would stop before long. It’s been so long now since he stopped. So sad!

  54. Jennifer Colchado says:

    This made me laugh out loud. I am 40 years old and to this day I still say, “You are not being have!” At some point in my 30′s it suddenly dawned on me that “have” is not a word or a way of being. I think my mother must have said it too because it is engrained in my language. LOL…. so yes, this cracked me up!

  55. Glenna says:

    My two year old calls his mittens ‘lobster claws’

  56. Jenn D says:

    My now 9 yr old son used to mix up the “by” and “on” with “by accident” and “on purpose” making it “on accident” and “by purpose”. Took me awhile before I corrected him as it was too cute and me chuckle just a little :)

  57. Katy says:

    When I was pregnant with boy #2, my 3 year old let me know when the baby was “hicking up,” as opposed to hiccupping. As if I couldn’t feel it in my belly. :-)

  58. Emily says:

    My 3 year old calls the hoods on her jackets and sweaters “neighborhoods.” I can’t bring myself to correct it, as it’s one of the few kidisms she’s had.

  59. samantha says:

    My niece (who is now 10) use to say hambanger for hamburger and called ice cream, ass cream. We never corrected her, we thought it was hysterical!

  60. Somer says:

    My five year old still says tater hots and pupcakes instead of tater tots and cupcakes. Love it.

  61. Sara B says:

    I love this for two reasons. One, my toddler also yells at the cat to get off the table as if the cat understands her words. Two, she also makes up adorable grammar such as “to ham” (the verb for hitting something with a hammer), “tuckered in” under her blanket (the opposite of being tuckered out), and “clo” as the singular of “clothes”, as in pointing to her closet and asking for “one clo”.

  62. Jennifer Harris says:

    Cup folders for cup holders
    Dam baids for band aids
    Trickin skits for chicken strips
    And “put me to home” instead of “take me home” … Cuz we “put her to bed” so why not “per her to home”. Or school, you get the drift. :-)

  63. Meghann says:

    My 3 year old daughter leaves the first consonant off of every word it seems. The worst is when she says Castle….it comes out as “assle” which sounds just like Asshole. Yep. Her little 6 year old friend came running up to me “auntie auntie! Your girl said a bad word! She said asshole!!” LOL LOL

    • Margaret says:

      I’m no expert, but I do remember having heard somewhere that when children frequently leave off the first consonant of words, it is a sign of a possible hearing problem? I don’t mean to be alarmist or anything. It’s just something I remember reading somewhere. Might wan to do a bit of research ust in case. Stil, I wouldn’t correct that either- that’s hilarious! What is it about swearing kids that will always be hilarious?!

  64. Jessica says:

    I sometimes call my 10 year old son “buckaroo” as a joke. One day we were leaving the house and I said “C’mon buckaroo!” and his 5 year old sister parroted “Yeah, c’mon macaroon”.

    He isn’t thrilled with either nickname. :)

  65. K says:

    My almost 3-year-old says “bubble conslution” or “bubble-lution” for both the bubble bath and the bubble solution for blowing bubbles. We think it’s pretty cute and can’t help but use the terms too. I also love that he says “should you like some?” instead of “would you like some” when he offers me something.

  66. CD says:

    My mom tells me that I would refer to the act of having hiccups as Hicking-Up, and once told my teacher that my mom was feeding me drugs, they were eggs but the ‘this is your brain on drugs’ commercial must have really resonated with me. lol

  67. Melissa says:

    Both of my kids have said “being hayve”–my almost 6yo corrected it but my 3yo has started saying it recently. So adorable.

    My almost 6yo says “fruit cottontail” instead of fruit cocktail. I think she does it on purpose now but it’s still so freakin’ cute!

  68. Kathrin says:

    my daughter calls “Hello kitty” “hollow kitty”
    i don’t correct it, I do not like hello kitty so I think the name is pretty fitting.

  69. Hannah says:

    When my son was small(er), instead of saying “I love you” to us, he would say “Owlie”, which I guess is “I love you” all smooshed together. I was very sad the day that I realized that he’d made a complete switch to “I love you” instead.

  70. Nicola says:

    We got a puppy just after my daughter’s first birthday and whenever he pee’d in the house we would say to him “no, naughty”. My daughter took this to be his name and started calling him Naughty and now at 20 months every time she sees a dog she says “aww it’s a naughty”. Sometimes I correct her but sometimes it’s just too cute and I agree with her :)

  71. Rowena says:

    When my son was learning to speak he loved eating bagels but called them “gray-gies”. So my husband tried to correct him by slowly pronouncing it “baaaay-gle”. My son studied him carefully a moment, then said, “graaaay-gie”. He also called boiled eggs “crackin’ eggs” which is something we still say.

  72. Kaity says:

    My boys (6 and 3) call Hoodies…Hoggies…they have called them them that since they could talk and I forbid my family to correct them…lol

  73. Ruth says:

    My daughter always said ‘mim-it’ instead of minute. I never corrected her because it was too cute! Her teacher did at school & when my daughter told me this I must have looked so sad she said “don’t worry mummy I’ll still say mim-it for you”. My heart could have burst

  74. Tani says:

    My oldest loved “hangabers”, then “hanboogers” and finally just “boogers” at “Boogie Ken” (Burger King). We also said “your other grandpa” often to help her distinguish which one we were talking about, so my FIL became “Othergrandpa” and it’s stuck to this day.

    Middle child called all TV “biddeos” and liked to identify things by their features; a favorite destination was the “round-and-round-horsey mall” (with a carousel in the food court).

    Youngest: “hot dog copter” (helicopter), “mee-butts” (peanuts), and “bloobees” (blueberries).

    Tons more, but these are what came to mind.

    • Maria says:

      LOL This one reminded me of one of my oldest son’s kiddisms: he used to call strawberries “saw-babies”. He’s 30 now, and now I’ve told a story of each of my kids – 16, 26, and 30. God I’m OLD!

  75. Trudy says:

    It will always be fruit cottontail in our house instead of fruit cocktail… she’ll be 20 this summer and it hasn’t changed. <3

  76. Marie Weihing says:

    My littlest said the cat was furring instead of purring for the longest time.

  77. Kara says:

    We were driving to Seattle to visit some friends and our kids kept saying they were excited “to Seattle.” When we arrived they kept asking, “When are we going to Seattle?” It took a while of explaining that we were already in Seattle and them repeating the question with increasing frustration for us to realize they were asking when we were going to “see Attle.” They thought Attle was a person…

  78. Julie S says:

    When my oldest was 3, she liked to go visit the “skinny” pigs in the pet section at Meijer.

    • Rhapsody98 says:

      They were “Benny” pigs for my baby sister when she was 6, (18 years ago!). So when she got one, we named him Benny, of course.

  79. Jessica says:

    My 3 year old says ‘escabator’ instead of escalator. :)

  80. Amanda G. says:

    My 2 year old daughter has been asking me to “buckle her out” when we reach our destination, as in “Mommy, you buckle me out, please?” Obviously, this is the opposite of buckling her in :)

    My five year old son has the cutest way of making plurals with certain words. Instead of ghosts, they’re ghost-es and last summer he was apparently stung by two wasp-es rather than wasps. I don’t want to correct him because it’s so sweet.

  81. Phoenix says:

    3 yr old:
    ‘dats dross’ = ‘that’s gross’

    older brother when he was about 2/3… I still miss all of these…
    ‘ah-pah-puss’ = ‘octopus’
    ‘sir-ka-cull’ = ‘circle’
    I’m sure there are more but that is what pops into my head.

    • rtleeb says:

      Another one –

      when my younger brother (who is now in his 40′s) was in preschool he mystified our mother by talking incessently about “Philip Dirt” and how he loved to play with Philip Dirt. curious about this person that my brother seemed so enamored of, my mom asked the preschool teacher about the new child named Philip. the teacher said there was no child named Philip in the class.

      a few days later she and my brother were walking past a construction site when my brother started pointing and yelling ‘there Philip Dirt!!!’

      my mom followed my brother’s pointing finger and discovered that Philip Dirt was actually “fill-up dirt” and he was referring to a dump truck.

    • Abby says:

      I worked at a summer camp with a guy who had a bit of a speech issue (somehow nobody ever caught on to it while he was growing up) and “dat’s gwoss” was a big hit. Even now, I have to catch myself and make sure I pronounce it correctly among non-camp friends. :)

  82. rtleeb says:

    as a kid i used to sing about “a rabbit in a dress” when the song was actually about a “rabbit in distress” :)

    some current favorites from my 4 year old:
    Synagarden for synagogue
    rizbee for frisbee
    and an all time favorite after going bolwing for a classmate’s birthday she told me that she really liked it and wanted to go “golf-balling” again soon. :-0

  83. Sue says:

    In our house we don’t have the Easter bunny, for many years, it has been “Easter the bunny”. My oldest stopped saying this a few years ago, but we still insist on saying it….

  84. Leslie says:

    My son says “pullgozer” for bulldozer and “Pulldogs” for bulldogs. I love it :)

  85. Adriane says:

    My 2.5 year old will tell you that he needs a drink by saying, “I’m a little bit drinky.”

  86. Anna says:

    I love those “wrong” pronunciations too. Bo-nanna for banana, stirsty for thirsty, sketties for spaghetti. It’s so sad when you hear it the “right” way the first time.

  87. Jen says:

    I love it! My Edgar thinks behave is two words to. One of my favorite recent kid-isms was when my son had a toothache and my daughter yells: “I know what can make you feel better! SCREWING!”

    My husband says, “Yeah, screwing always makes me feel better.”
    (http://wedontwriteonmeat.com/screwing)

    I’m sure my girl was referring to dental procedures, but we laughed SO HARD!

    • Anneka says:

      My 22 month old likes to “help” when my husband or I are putting furniture or stair-gates, etc up around the house. He’ll yell at the top of his voice “I wanna do screwing! I wanna screw too, like Mommy and Daddy does!”

      • Jen says:

        Anneka, that’s hilarious. I really hope he does that in public someday. Like in the middle of church. Or at a movie theater, during a really quiet part of the movie (=

        Is that a terrible thing to say? Because, you know, it is awesome when our kids say these things, and it is even more awesome when there are witnesses.

  88. Emily says:

    My almost 3 y.o., when she wants something but we can’t understand what, says “Show me” and then holds out her hand. This comes from us telling her “show me” when we couldn’t understand what she wanted. Now she simply tells herself. :)

    She also tends to say “Whatchu doin’ here?” when asking someone why they are in a particular place. The other day she modified it to “Honey, whatchu doin’ here?”

  89. Jessica Forbes says:

    My son calls hand-me-downs handy downs. He just turned 15. Has called them that forever and i hope he never stops. (They are pretty handy).

  90. Pam says:

    my 3yo son asks us to pull up his ‘sheet and comfortable’ at night :)

  91. Amanda says:

    My five year old and three year old used to say “P satch” for peanut butter sandwich, and my five year old can’t make then sound very well yet and still says things “gloom” up instead of blew up.

  92. Connie Marshall says:

    When I was young, my slightly older cousin (about 30 months) used the word “munga” instead of “water.” No one knows why. However, munga is such a perfect word that everyone began to use it, and watermelons are always called mungamelons in my family; I don’t think the younger ones know why.

  93. Lisa says:

    When my 10 year old son was 3 years old he would say “to not to” when we asked him if if he was supposed to be doing something. Such as us asking “What did we tell you about climbing ontop of the van?” (Yes this was a common occurance for Monkey boy) his response, “to not to”.

    All these years later we still say it and even tried to encourage the younger kids to say it.

  94. Susan says:

    My two year old daughter says “Scuze you” every time someone makes a bodily sound-even when someone blows their nose. My oldest son when he was five loved to watch Mail Call with R. Lee Ermy. He came running to us one night saying that Gunny was talking about the “blunder-butt” (blunderbuss) which was a colonial time early form of a shotgun. We still get a laugh out of that.

  95. Maggie says:

    My daughter doesn’t sneeze, she “bless-choos”

  96. Kelly says:

    When my 8 year old son was 2, he called a helicopter a “hoctopocter”. He had great toddler language and that one was always one of my favorites.

  97. Kat S. says:

    My 5 year old says “hamma-bagger” for hamburger and calls our cat Finnegan “Fee-Gee.” Every once in awhile she’ll pronounce them correctly, and I get a little sad knowing they’ll soon be gone.

    Oh, and she thinks it’s “eye bulb,” not “eyeball.”

  98. Lisa says:

    My oldest daughter used to say “ice boobs” (ice cubes) and “Baby soup” (Bathing suit)

  99. CindyMAMA says:

    My 7 year old had a very bad case of diarrhea when we was around 2 1/2….he never managed to say the word correctly. He called it “Spice-a-dia”….and he still calls it that that to this day if he has a case of diarrhea. He thinks since his bottom burns with the runny stools it is like hot and burning “spice” coming out of his little bottom. Only my son can make me believe having a gross problem with diarrhea is adorable because of what he calls it: “Spice-a-dia”…..

    • Margaret says:

      I don’t quite know how to feel about it… but… I can totally see new Taco Bell menu item being called a “spice-a-dilla” and I don’t know that I will ever order it, should that day come… LOL!

  100. Ruth says:

    Oh but more amusing ones are that her pronunciation of chocolate was more like toliet which VERY confusing during potty changes. Not sure if this is an English thing but instead of ‘conkers’ which we collected from trees on the way to preschool (kindergarten) she took off the ‘c’ and changed it to a ‘p’. Other people on the street weren’t impressed as she pointed at the floor and shouted ‘plonker’ at the top of her voice!

  101. Cindy B says:

    My 3yo son calls elephants eff-el-ents. I refuse to correct him because, omg, the cuteness.

  102. Amanda Bucher says:

    My almost 3 year old always says “got-for” instead of forgot. She also asks for “clip closs” instead of chapstick/lip gloss (I put lipgloss on her once, it has been asked for constantly since then).

    • Alex says:

      The older of my younger brothers said got-for! I still say it sometimes! He also used to say gargie instead of garbage. LOL

    • Sam says:

      My niece always asked for “my lips” when she wanted chapstick or lipgloss that someone else was putting on! Now she’s 13 :(

  103. Theresa says:

    When my daughter was 4 we met another family for part of our vacation, and the other family had a daughter and son a couple years older than my daughter. My daughter didn’t quite believe that the son’s name was Aaron so she decided to call him Charlie instead and continued to call him Charlie for the rest of our trip. It was hilarious. Poor Aaron didn’t know what to think but went along with it like a good sport.

  104. jess says:

    Both my younger kids (now aged 7 and 5) had a hard time with their “f” sounds when little so they could never say fart… they both said “bart” instead. Their big brother is 8, and he learned it along with the little ones since we never really corrected them when they were all little. They still say it sometimes. The funniest thing ever was meeting one of their Dad’s co-workers who’s name was Bart. You should have seen their faces – they were horrified.

  105. Sarah says:

    Miss E (3.5) came to me the other day and said “Mommy, I know how to spell Mickey Mouse. M-I-C-Kitty-Y M-O-U-S-E”

  106. Kari says:

    I could list a billion! I actually have a list of words my daughter learned the first 2 years and how she pronounced or still pronounces them. I still think of your “human bean” from time to time. Like when my daughter is being a monster and throwing a fit. My daughter calls smoothies “movies.” One of my favorites is “mo no time” instead of “one more time.” Or “monkey cheese” for mac n cheese. Grandparent related are: “pappa corn” (popcorn) and “gramma crackers” for graham crackers. :D

  107. Suebee says:

    My daughter is 2.5, and she has her own language, I swear. Any store/building is a something-house, but she says “houf,” despite being able to say “mouse” correctly. So, Target is Circle House (Sirko Houf), Wegmans is Yum-Yum Houf, the library is ABC Houf or Book Houf… even the TARDIS from Doctor Who is “Blue House” (or Boo Houf). A car is a “go,” a chair/couch is a “sit-this” (if she doesn’t know the word, it’s what the item is for, followed by “this”), a knife is a cut-this. A door is a “knock knock,” or a nah-nah. So if she wants me to open the fridge, she says, “You opoo dis nah-nah, sheeze?” (sheeze is please). And her milk is “mook.” I spend half my life translating. LOL!

  108. Nicole Simpson says:

    This past Christmas my 5yo learned the song, Holly Jolly Christmas, so fun. Then my 3yo got a hold of the lyrics and we were treated to a rousing rendition daily of, “heave, ho the missing toes hung where you can’t seeeeeeee! <3

  109. Laura says:

    My step-daughter who is now nine used to say all kinds if silly things. Ine of our favorites was calling eye-boogers “my boogers.” And then there was the the ume she started saying “correct a mango.” It took us a while to figure out she meant “correct-a-mundo.

  110. Jen says:

    Our 2.5 year old daughter has recently begun to yell at everyone that when she’s done singing or dancing, we should all “CRAP”!! (clap) Took her grandma by surprise!!

  111. Jen says:

    I told my little lady (whom I’m trying to convince to use the potty) yesterday, that if she’d use the potty, poop wouldn’t end up on her butt cheeks. She put her hands to her face and said, “my cheeks poo poo?”

    She also thinks her Aunt Juju hides in the phone.

  112. Sage says:

    When I was little I called lollipops lickers. Then I would run around in public begging to go to the licker store. People were very confused lol!

  113. Pami says:

    Our 4.5 yo kidlet has changed the words to Yankee Doodle. I’m not allowed to sing with her, so I can’t correct her, even if I wanted to. Instead of “Mind the music and the step, and with the girls be handy!” she sings, “Ride the butter, keep it up, Yankee Doodle Dandy!” We can’t figure out how she came up with it, but it cracks us up nonetheless. :)

  114. Michelle says:

    Years ago my son heard the term “I hate your guts” and changed it to “I love your guts” it is now used by the entire extended family and “love your guts” or “love your filthy, stinkin’ guts” is said daily.

  115. Lisa says:

    When my oldest daughter was little she liked to wear her “coco-dot” (polka dot) bathing suit and her “gobbles” (goggles) to the pool. My youngest has had a few really cute ones like “ba-doon” for balloon but the best is to this day (she’s almost 5) she calls cantaloupe “bingo”. When we ask her why, she just says because she likes to. Love the kiddisms!

  116. Amanda says:

    My 3 year old son calls a rolling pin a “dough flat.” We have a book about baking that shows a rolling pin and says, “Now roll the dough flat.” I love it : )

  117. Marcy says:

    My six year old is famous for trying to use big words. Latest statement “my life is full of the unexpecting!!” Besides that I am still trying to correct the word, commertional, which of course is a commercial, and the remote occasionally is the we mote. It is sad when they grow out of them.

    • Margaret says:

      I love it when kids try to use big/complex word! My 6-year-old niece, when finding herself in the car with no iPad to kep her occipied, was SO BORED that she actually said, “I hate my misery life!” I almost died!

  118. Emily says:

    My 4 year old son has been into mazes lately, so I occasionally ask him if he wants to do “a maze”. When he initiates it, he will say “I want to do an amaze.” AMAZE- How could I ever correct that?

  119. Carol says:

    My youngest is all grown up now, but as a pre-schooler she made up several words, all of which made perfect sense, and should be actual words! The two most memorable are ‘yesternight’ (for ‘last night.’ just like ‘yesterday’ is the word for ‘the day before today’), and ‘everywhen’ (for ‘every time,’ similar to the real word ‘everywhere,’ which is the word for ‘every place.’) Brilliant! (not to mention terminally cute!)

  120. Karen says:

    When I was younger, I babysat a kid who couldn’t pronounce the “tr” sound. So, when he wanted to play with his “fire f*ck” (fire truck) I was a little alarmed, lol!

    When my oldest daughter was two, she always called crackers, cookies, so when my neighbors were lighting those firecracker packs and scaring the day lights out of her, she’d say, “firecookies too loud!”. Seven years later, we still call them firecookies.

    • Susan says:

      My niece had the same trouble with tr sounds as well. Her dad was mortified when his adorable baby daughter tugged on his pant leg in the toy isle and loudly proclaimed, “I wanna f*uck Daddy!”

  121. Linda says:

    Our 10-year old daughter came to this country when she was almost 5, and she still struggles with English. One of the cutest things she says is about putting her dirty clothes in her “hamster”.

  122. Terra Techmeyer says:

    When he was about 4, my son really loved this song called “Adios, Mexico.” He called it “Honey Moose Mexico.”

  123. Stephanie says:

    my 2.5 yr old calls cucumber “cumber” and smoothies “moo-tees”. Also he calls tomatos “tay-toes” and chicken nuggets and fries are pronounced as one word that ends up sounding like “chickenrice”. I never correct him. It’s too darling.

  124. Cindy says:

    My nephew calls St. Paul’s Cathedral St. Paul’s casino!

  125. Carrie Z says:

    One of my favorites has to be “shmarshmellows”. He is classic for describing things that he wants or shortening their names, like “I want yogs for breakfast” or “I want to eat those things that are hard to eat”. I would have been lost on that one, but he was eating a salad so I made a lucky guess with croutons.

  126. Joan says:

    my 2 yo calls a hamburger a ‘sandaburger’ like a cross between sandwich and hamburger

  127. Chanalle says:

    My little boy calls Tricuits “frickets”. I laugh every time :)

  128. Andrea says:

    When my youngest were about 3, I couldn’t convince them (twin girls) that they had vaginas. They called it a “front butt” as in, “Mommy, my front butt itches.” I told this to a friend and his nephew called his entire front area “Weiner Nutts” and they couldn’t get him to say “penis”.

    • Amber says:

      Oh goodness. I have tears streaming down my face I am laughing so hard. I LOVE this. :-D My daughter calls her vagina and her butt just “butt” maybe I’ll try “front butt” to help clarify things.

    • Brandi says:

      My son (5) sometimes refers to his penis as his “weinis”. And I can remember saying “front butt” when I was a kid… not because I didn’t know the word vagina, but because I was so painfully shy that it embarrassed me less to let people think I didn’t

  129. Amy says:

    My 6 year old still wants “breathfixed” every morning and still can’t figure out why there are 5 lanes on the “threeway”.

  130. Liz says:

    My daughter, 8, still sometimes says “later ago” when talking about something that happened in the past. She also called the refrigerator a “fridge-a-later” until about 2yrs ago.
    My son, 4, calls Monsters “monsterns” & Dinosaurs “dino-sorns” :) :D

  131. Jessica says:

    The first time our 4 year old recited Hail Mary by herself she said “Best-ed art cows and skunks swimmin’…” instead of “Blessed art thou amongst women…” We loved it-and will never recite a Hail Mary quite the same way again! That Bible language is tricky!

  132. Ashley says:

    My 7 year old has lost all her cute kidisms. But when she was little, she pronounced “rhinocerous”, “ni-rossissuss”. My 3 year old says some adorable things still. My favorites are when one of her toys is stuck somewhere, she says it’s “trapped up” and when something is lost, she says she “can’t found it”. I love little kidisms :-)

  133. Kris says:

    Some of my favorites from my son:

    Going past a building site he will point out the “instruction” workers.

    Me: “We have to get up super, duper early tomorrow.”
    Him: “Oopie, Doopie early?”
    I think “Oopie, doopie” will forever be used in our family

    And the best sentence ever….while staying at a hotel, we had to take “the ele-vig-erator down to the swimming poodle”

  134. Tara says:

    My 2.5 year old thinks the Library of Congress is called the “Library of Contents.” And this past year on Halloween, she kept talking about going “Trick My Treating.” :)

  135. Tiffany says:

    My 4 year old has lost most of his adorable kiddisms, but he still says “pick me down” instead of “put me down” when we’re holding him.

  136. Amanda says:

    My 6yo is full of them. Constant comic relief in our house. My favorite is when he called a jar of jalapeños “Halloween Pickles.”

  137. jennifer wang says:

    My 2 boys have no problem using the word “penis.” Probably too often. So it surprised me when my older one asked during bath time one day, “why does Daddy call it the family jewelry?” After I composed myself, I said something to the effect of, because it’s a precious private part, and only the people in your family can see it. Now they think they’re in on a secret, and use the term “family jewelry” from time to time. I think it’s too funny to correct them.

  138. Courtney says:

    My now 12 year old called breakfast “breffick” for years and we often still do just because we loved it. My now 10 year old once coined the term “air confreshener” instead of air conditioner, and we adopted that for good, too. Now we have a 2 year old who invents new ones daily but none has really “stuck” much yet. He does say “I lulloo, baby. Aww, I do too.” to all of us when he feels affectionate :-)

  139. AmberK says:

    My 3 year old has corrected a number of his kiddisms, but he still calls oatmeal, “eatmeal,” which I don’t intend on correcting ever.

    For the longest time (before he was able to recognize letters and understand they represent sounds) he used to call Ikea, “nakiwi.” We have no idea where that came from, but he fixed it when he looked at the Ikea logo and realized there was no “N.” haha.

    • Ali says:

      When we would go to visit my parents, the kids always wanted “me-meal” for breakfast with “DeeDad”. Oatmeal with Granddad!

  140. Kara Andretta says:

    My middle son had quite a few that I have made into subway style art (ala Pinterest) and hung in our living room:

    Apple Pine = pineapple
    Monkey chip = Chipmunk
    Smellow = marshmallow

    These still make me incredibly happy :)

  141. Kayla says:

    My daughter doesnt call Pooh “Winnie the Pooh” it’s Pandy. So, I still havent corrected her but I love to ask her who’s on shirt, blanket, pillow, whatever to hear “Pandy da Pooh” ♥

  142. Sandra says:

    My 3 year old likes to pretend to drive at the playset at the park. His favourite line is “hold on to the tight” rather than hold on tight. Makes me laugh each time

  143. Lara says:

    My son and daughter used to love to see the babingos (flamingos) at the zoo. Now they just roll their eyes at me when I call them that.

  144. Jamie says:

    When my son was 4 or 5 years old he told me to check out his brew. He then pointed to a bruise, and I suddenly realized that all this time he thought “bruise” was plural for “brew”.

  145. Katie says:

    My almost 2 year old likes to raise her hands above her head and shout “dinno!!!” Whenever I tell her its time to eat. No matter if its just snack time.

  146. Cindy says:

    Our kids have occasionally been hayve as well. I think it’s one of the cutest language-acquisition glitches on record . . . “But Mama, I’m bein’ hayve!” ;-)

    Another priceless one, from our eldest daughter when she was maybe four years old: “Now you can be the ballerina, and I will be the audient.” She thought that “audience” was the plural “audients,” the singular form of which (natrually) would be “audient.”

    • Rachel says:

      It might just be a geographical thing, but I have actually used and heard many times parents say “are you being hayve?” Usually it’s used more with a group of kids like “are you all being hayve in there?”

      • Jolene says:

        My favourite word that my 2.5yr old says is cimanon instead of cinnamon when we’re making his brekkie in the morning. He also likes a game of here we go round the mouldy bush when we have a sing song, which is always fun!

    • Audrey says:

      My youngest brother was another child that was always “being hayve”. He was usually fairly exasperated with the accusation that he wasn’t “being hayved” too. Mom would pull out all three names, “John Michael Doe, BEHAVE!” and 3-year-old John would all but stamp his little foot and put his hands on his hips whilst indignantly protesting, ” I’m BEING hayved!!!”

  147. Laura says:

    When my oldest was a toddler, she called her blanket “granket” and noodles were “noonles”. Probably my favorite- cupcakes were “cuppycakes”. She’s 7 now and hardly mispronounces anything.

    My youngest says “last day, this day and next day” instead of “yesterday, today and tomorrow”.

  148. Anna Gray says:

    My two year old doesn’t quite understand girl and boy parts. He just knows he has a penis, and mommy has two butts.
    My now six year old used to refer to passing gas as butt burps.
    My 4 year old used “b” in the place of “v” and I will honestly say when she stops saying she lubs me in her little girly voice I will miss it!

    • Trisha_K says:

      My daughter is 4 and wants to put on her “glubs” aka “gloves”. And there was a little boy in her class named Gabriel who she called “Gave” instead of “Gabe”. I swear she doesn’t switch the B and V for anything else.

  149. Rachel says:

    My favorites from the 8 year old over the years:
    - “I wanna hode (hold) you” when she wanted to be picked up
    - “Menacinit” (medicine)
    - “Howa” (water)
    - “Pepier” (pee-pee-ier, think a french accent) (Peanut Butter)
    - Snowdadeal Twailah (snowmobile trailer… even better inserted into the story of how she lost her two front teeth: “I was swedding and din’t stop and went udder da snowdadeal twailah”)

    The niece (8 year old) actually lived with us for her first few years, so I have more from her than the 5 year old nephew, but a few of his:
    - “cooowdie” (kind of like the boys name Cody but with more emphasis on the “o”) (“cold” “I’m so cooowdie!!” as he’s shivering for effect”)
    - I used to pick him up most nights from day care. We always passed the put put golf and he always wanted to go. One time when he was 2 1/2, he finally noticed the REAL golf course at the country club we drove by. He asked if we could go golfing, and as always I said “maybe someday but not today” and added “besides, that place is TOO expensive.” after thinking for a second, he comes back with “well…what if I give you 50 bucks, then can we go?!”
    - And I still love how he calls his sister “layna” instead of “Alayna” even though he’s almost 6!

    • Rachel says:

      Oh! Almost forgot about the boys “pollywockets” (lollipops). It took me FOR-FREAKING-EVER one day on a trip to see Thomas the Train to figure out what that one was! I KNEW there wasn’t a charachter from Thomas called a pollywocket, and finally going into a little shop, he very emphatically told me “THAT’S a pollywocket” as if I were the dumbest person in the world… yup, with him it started at age 3! lol

    • Mindy says:

      My little girl (18 months) say pay-pee-air (very French accent-ish), but it means paper.

  150. Ceri says:

    My two year old likes to watch ‘ageen’ (McQueen… From Cars) on the ‘fap-fop!’ (Laptop!)

    Try saying fapfop. It’s a super addictive word!

  151. Jody says:

    When my oldest (16 now) was about 2 years old, he used to say, “He wants juice.” or “He wants…” because he always heard me and his dad say to each other “He wants some juice…his blankie…etc.”

    When my youngest (now 10) was about 3 years old, he used to say “That’s Bus-gusting!” whenever somebody burped out loud or he didn’t like what he was eating! :D Also when he was alittle over the age of 2, if there was something he wanted but couldn’t reach (or more accurately, didn’t want to get up and get whatever it was that he wanted) he would say, “NEED IT! HAVE IT!”

    Advise to new mothers: Write this stuff down! Even if it’s just in a notebook that you have laying around! I did that and both of my boys love to read it now!

  152. Denée says:

    My three-year-old son says “wiggle skate” instead of “boogie board”. It took us a while to figure out what he was talking about. However, once we did, we all reverted to calling it “wiggle skating”. It’s much more fun :)

  153. Rita says:

    6-year-old daughter still says “someping” as in, “Mommy, someping is wrong.” She has lost many of her others… and oh how I miss them!

  154. Kim says:

    When my (at the time 5 yr old) daugher asked me what her girl parts are called and I told her it was called a vagina. She now calls it her “china”. The other day we were talking about China (the country) and she started laughing because it was the same name as her “china!’ She is now 6 and it’s cute so for now it will remain her “china.”

  155. Kim says:

    I brought a bunch of my old little golden books to my house from my parent’s for my 5 year old. She wanted to read “tawny scrawny lion” the other night for her bedtime story and there was an insert at the beginning for a sweepstakes to win a cruise and other prizes (it expired in 1987!!). She is one of those kids that wants EVERY page read or explained so when she asked I told her it was for a contest but it was expired. The next day she told her daddy all about how she read the book and there was a “concert” that was “inspired” in it. She is pretty good about getting her grammar correct but she always misinterprets some words. We had a good laugh about this one!

  156. Deborah says:

    Our oldest used to say “upside sideways” for upside down. Our youngest has so many kidisms, but my favourite right now is Keno. As in “the keno ‘sploded and shot hot lava everywhere!” or “Mum, I’m being seriously!!”

  157. tamsin says:

    my 7 year old singaing along to Copacabana: ‘ and when she’d finished, he called her Rover…’ hahaha; is Rover a dogs name in countries apart from the uk?

  158. Ann says:

    My daughter has a few and like you mentioned they are the last couple that my husband and I just let go because its so cute.

    I asided (for decided)
    Bagrilla for Gorilla
    imbatation for invitation
    assage for massage

  159. Linda S says:

    My husband says “asphalt,” I say “blacktop.” One day when my son was 3 or 4 we were driving along & passed some road work. My son piped up from the back seat, “Look mom, they’re putting down new ass-top!”

  160. Elizabeth says:

    Last month my almost-3-y-o came home from church with her papa and said, “Mama, babies got appetizers at church today.” I thought this sounded pretty awesome, esp if it was shrimp cocktail or something equally yum, but then my husband clarified, there had been a couple babies *baptized* that day. Hmm. I guess you can see which gets more airplay at our house, food or Christian doctrine.

  161. Hillary says:

    My daughter is only 16 months so I know there will be plenty more, but she wil. Say “bup!” Or “bup bup” instead of “up” to be picked up!
    Also instead of “tadah!” She says “tiggah!” (Tig-ah) lol!

    My little sister used to say “nimples” instead of “nipples!” Lol it’s still kind of a word that gets thrown around in our family!

  162. Angela says:

    My favorite was when we first moved here to Ozark, MO, my daughter would tell people we lived in Noah’s Ark.

  163. Robin says:

    My two favorites were rester-naut for restaurant and fritterfrater for refrigerator. My now 7 1/2 year old finds it amusing that I still use them. :-)

  164. Erika Lehmann says:

    My daughter started identifying things with fervor when she was very young. Any animal was a Gahk! and so were watches. She could barely walk, but hurried to grab the wrist of anyone who came into the room to see if they had a “gahk,” exclaimed “gahk” at every bird, squirrel, cow or horse we saw and it was so infectious that it took her father and me awhile to get over it as real words took its place.

  165. Teresa says:

    My son (3.5) will shout at me to go “Lemon Speed!!” in the car (instead of “lightning speed”) Cracks me up every time.

  166. Elizabeth says:

    P.S., I am a dog person, but the cute way you draw crappy cat always makes me almost want one…

  167. Corinna says:

    My 3 yr old calls salami “some-mommy.” I will never correct him, I love it!!!

  168. Rachel says:

    They’re sadly all too rare in our house now but I keep them alive… by accident really! I got into the habit of using the kids’ words and never stopped even though they grew out of it. The television is the ‘tee-wee-vee’, the remote is a ‘t-mote’, pizza is ‘peet-zu’… hmmm you’re probably thinking all we do is watch TV and eat pizza but I’m hungry and wanting to sit down in front of the TV so that’s all I can remember right now :D

  169. Jennifer says:

    My daughter (now 10) still will say “cunch”. Her sentence, “There is a big cunch of jelly on my sandwich. ” I’m not sure how she came up with”cunch”. I only can think of bunch & glob? I’ve corrected her many times but she still lets it slip.
    My BIL, when 3-5 years old always wanted a hamburger….with cheese. When we would say, so you want a cheeseburger? He would say, NO! He wanted a hamburger…with cheese!
    My oldest son once came to me to tell me that his brothers cup was on the pop-shnouph! Later we figured it out that it was on the top shelf in the fridge.
    Skabetti=spaghetti, flogged toilets=clogged toilets,
    My 4th child says that he “nose” something when he could smell something. All meat is considered “chicken” in my house. Oh, there are too many to write when you have 5 kids and helped raise your baby brother. ;-D Children are never boring. :-D

  170. Stacy says:

    My son always says no way hosey instead of no way Jose. For the longest time he kept talking about the hooker in the truck, I was worried about where he heard about hookers so kept asking Wyatt he meant… he finally found his toy tow truck and showed me the hooker in the truck. It was the hook on the truck to tow that he was talking about, thank goodness!

  171. Julie says:

    When people would say thank you to my daughter, she used to say “You’re Malcolm!”
    And my son used to pronounce oatmeal as “ohwaitmill”.

    • Margaret says:

      There is a girl in my neighborhood who says “oit-meal.” When I was little, I pronounced it (and thought it really was) “oat-me-ull.” It made much more sense when my mom explained it was a compound word…

  172. Tara Shields says:

    My 3-year-old asks to go to the “chicken” and get a snack. He means the kitchen. :)

  173. Michelle says:

    My 7yr old still slips up and says buscetti, for spaghetti. I love it bless him x

  174. Mallory says:

    My 2 year old speaks pretty well now, but she still says “Volvo” for more. no idea where that came from other than the fact that her dad drives a Volvo and has been a topic of many discussions (usually heated) in this house. Anything to do with more, is “Volvo”. No matter how much correcting it is still sticking.

  175. tacy says:

    My four year old calls her fingers “thingers”. We didn’t correct her for the longest time because it was so cute. Then we decided she was getting too old and may be embarrassed when she finds out the truth…. so we told her what they are really called and to this day she adamantly refuses to believe it. “Fingers” just sounds ridiculous to her. :)

  176. Nikki says:

    “We are not sale-ing my toys. Mommy I don’t want to sale my toys” said after talk about doing a big Garage Sale. This kiddism lingers on…

  177. Tara Shields says:

    I love all these stories from everyone!

  178. Angela Mullen says:

    My daughter would get upset if everyone was too busy to stop and play with her. “Who-body is going to play with me?”

  179. Jen H says:

    One of my favorite stories from my childhood was when we were visiting our great aunt. Mom was getting us loaded in the car, and announced that “Edna Earl” (the aunt) was going to ride with us. So my sister said, “ok. Ed can sit here, and Earl can sit back there.” She thought Edna Earl was Ed and Earl…and was a little confused when only one person got in with us.

  180. Lindsey says:

    We live in England and with our roast dinner we have Yorkshire puddings. My kids have always called them York Shit puddings – from a comedy and cuteness standpoint I just can’t get myself to correct it!

  181. Michelle says:

    “Elvin is the best dog I never had”

    I want to say ‘Clearly you have the dog kid, he is sitting right in front of you.’ But I’ll just let him be for now.

    • Jolene says:

      When i was a little girl, probably about four, I would call silver burch trees, silver burk trees. I am english aswell, not sure if there is such a word as burk in the american language. And a roast is not a roast without a york shit pudding (will be stealing that one)

  182. Natalie says:

    My 2.5 year old couldn’t decide if I was making sausages or hotdogs, so she informed Daddy that I was cooking hostages for breakfast. She used to call watermelon “water mama” which I miss. These days she mixes up door and doorknob so I’ll hear a tiny voice calling from the bathroom “Mama, shut the doorknob” during potty time.

  183. Kathy says:

    I remember my mom telling us about calling it a fridge or freighter.

    My oldest called ice “ass” and napo for napkin. My 4th son used to say “me-mow” instead of meow which I was so sad to see disappear.

    • Alex says:

      My family has been going to Mexico on vacations since we were all young (we have a house near Cabo). My youngest brother called ice “hice” a combination of hecho (spanish for ice) and ice. I remember hearing the phrase “I want hicecream” quite a bit, actually I think we still use that one.

  184. Laura says:

    When my daughter was about 2, we’d go out for sushi and she’d ask for “almacork” instead of “albacore”. We were just talking about that this morning. She’s 6 1/2 now and doesn’t have too many cute mispronunciations.

  185. Rena says:

    When my daughter was around 2.5 yrs old, she could say ‘farmer’ and she could say ‘market’. Putting them together was tough for her- instead of ‘farmers market’ she would say ‘f#cker market’

  186. Anneka says:

    My son is 22 months old and chats for England the other day he was in bed and said to me “I’m doing my exercises!” I asked “What exercises” (he was just sitting there) he replied “Talking exercises!”
    He also asks “Mommy, blow me!” meaning “Mommy blow on my face!” but it’s not a good phrase for him to say in public, I get some very odd looks.
    He also calls escalators “magic stairs”.
    :D

  187. Dayna says:

    We have a bunch. heart beep = heart beat, motormicheal= motorcycle, cow chicken=beef, oboe=elbow

    I feel torn on correcting them too.

  188. Michelle says:

    We have “No WAY, who-say!(Jose)” from our just-turned-3yo. Love it!

  189. Chris says:

    My son (almost 5) had difficulty pronouncing the letter “s” until he was 3. He said the letter “d ” instead. To this day we still call Minnesota “Minnedota” and his Grandma Sue was “Grandma Due” because it was so cute in his little voice :)

  190. Mollie says:

    My son used to say exactly the same thing! “I am being hayve!”

  191. chrisd says:

    My almost 2 years old think I do ‘yoghurt’ on Mondays instead of yoga and she call “yoyurt”. So the conversion usually goes like this:
    - Hey baby I am going to Yoga, you stay with daddy ok?
    - Yoyurt? Me eat yoyurt? (runs in the kitchen)
    - Ok baby you can have yoghurt if you want but you need to ask daddy as I am going to yoga.
    - Ok byyyyyyyyee yoyurt mine, is nice.

    And then once I am gone she usually says to her dad:
    - Mummy gone yoyurt?

    It’s soooo cute and funny.

  192. Fuchsia says:

    My daughter is a sickie right now. She thought she was too warm and asked me to check her pertenperature.

  193. Kerry says:

    These are awesome! My three-year-old says “ga-bloonies” for “balloons.”

    “Where’s my green gabloonie, mommy?” Love love love.

  194. Wendy O. says:

    My 3 year old daughter calls Band-Aids “Bam Baids” and I always think it’s adorable and just can’t bring myself to correct her. I may intentionally try to work Band-Aids into conversation just to hear her say it. ;)

    Also, her little brother is named Louie (Louis). She still can’t say L’s very well, so she calls him Yoowie. Melts my heart every time I hear it. I know eventually I’ll have to teach her the L sound, but I’m going to be so sad to not hear her say that anymore!

  195. Lisa says:

    My oldest came home from kindergarten several years back and told me she learned all about Martin Loser King–that one was quickly corrected! My youngest, who’s five, likes to go check out the chicken poop (coop).

  196. SaraDenise says:

    My girls used to say “Sleeping Cutie” instead of “Sleeping Beauty.” I miss that

    My 4 year old was comparing the sizes of something or another & called one thing “gigantic” & “This one is SMALL-antic, Mom!”

  197. Stephanie says:

    I said the exact same thing as a kid and now I find myself absentmindedly repeating that to my 3 children.

  198. Laura M. says:

    Ahh these are so cute! My almost two year old is pretty good at pronouncing things, but she also says, “pick you up!” when she wants to be held, and she calls the fire belly toads in her daycare classroom “felly belly toads”. I refuse to let my husband correct her because it’s adorable! She also pronounces remote control in a way that sounds almost exactly like “mountain troll”, and for a good five minutes my husband and I couldn’t figure out how she had managed to familiarize herself with the creatures of Middle Earth. Sadly, she no longer calls smoothies, “shoomies”, because that was another favorite of mine.

  199. Elisabeth says:

    My son used to say “lellow” for yellow, “bis-gusting” for disgusting and “smoovees” for smoothies. He no longer says those, but at 8 year old, he still will say “picey” for spicy, which usually just applies to adult toothpaste. I have never corrected it, so he’ll probably be in middle school before someone clues him in.

  200. Fuchsia says:

    She also still refuses to say yogurt. It is nogurt in our house and has been for a couple of years.

  201. A devoted fan says:

    My daughter just recently outgrew “soup-case” for suitcase and “sheeps” for sheets. I miss them. She also had a hard time with girl- it kept coming out as “grirl” – she was squishing in that extra r-sound.

  202. Marina says:

    We speak in Spanish and for a long while, my now 6-year-old would say that something is “es sin cómodo” (non-sense, but literal “it is without comfortable”) instead of “es incómodo” (it is uncomfortable). He got the idea, anyway. He still says it from time to time, but corrects himself right away.

  203. Andi B says:

    My 3 yr old used to ask us “Tell me Un Pi Ti” when she wanted a story (Once upon a time), and I was sad this past summer when she no longer asked for Waterlemon. I do like her new one ‘though… At preschool they learned some yoga and she was telling me all about “mama stay” at dinner that night! (Namaste)

  204. Sara says:

    My 3-year-old daughter says “last day” instead of yesterday (as in “last night”), and insists that “amn’t” is a word (“can not” = can’t, so “am not” = amn’t).
    And my 2-year-old now says “more chicken!” when he wants another bite, no matter what he’s eating – whether it’s chicken or ice cream it’s still “more chicken” :)

  205. Amy says:

    My three year old subs ” B’s” for “R’s” anymore.
    As in :
    ” I don’t Bemember the words to the song ”

    It’s so so cute

  206. Emily says:

    When my son was first learning to talk, he would hand us something and say “Daygo.” Took us forever to figure out that he was doing- repeating what we would occasionally say when we handed him something “There you go.”

  207. Heather says:

    My youngest, who is three decided that dancing with a partner is called marry. When she wants my husband to dance with her she says “Marry me, Daddy.”

  208. Lisa says:

    As I read this and wet myself laughing at all the comments I can hear my husband asking our toddler if he wants to watch Tintin, to which toddler is shouting “yes Timping!” And the more husband tries to correct him the louder he is shouting TIMPING!

  209. Rebecca says:

    My now 5 year old used to say reallyise for realise and all-the-bodies for everybody. I didn’t realise (or reallyise!) how much I missed until her little sister also started doing it but is now growing out of it.

  210. Robyn says:

    My 8 year old tells me when the Wee-Fee isn’t working on the computer. The first time she said it so quickly it really took me a little while to figure out what on earth she was talking about!

  211. Pam says:

    My 4 year old just asked why we can’t talk on the phone in the van like daddy can in his car. I said “the van doesn’t have Bluetooth” he responded with “what kind of tooth does it have then?”

  212. Kathy says:

    When he was younger, by oldest had so many favorite kiddisms:
    “blue-babies” for blueberries, my husband was attending Seminary, and when we passed a cemetery my son asked if that is where daddy goes to school. He also called my bras backpacks.

  213. Claire says:

    We collectively refer to a step/stool as a standle.
    I think it came from my eldest!
    Baboo is also what we call nursing, boobie and gubins mixed we think! (Gubins, you know, breastmilk!!)

  214. Jo says:

    “Wing awound tha woses pocket fuw of powses asses asses we aw faw down!.”

  215. Meredith says:

    My older used to say “hop-si-pop” for popsicle. It was adorable and I was so sad when she stopped.

  216. Kerry says:

    My 2.5 year old has a few. My favorite, and the one that I was SURE she would lose after summer was over, is “Babenen-toonen” for bathing suit. She said it the other day, and I did a happy dance.

  217. Emily M says:

    My son started calling things “boyly” as an opposite to “girly” when he was about 2 or 3. For example, he once got a terry cloth armband with a basketball embroidered on it, and he called it his “boyly bracelet.” Our whole family still uses the term, and he’s now 6. We’ve even started to get other families to call things “boyly”. There really is no other good word that’s an opposite to girly, so it’s catching on.

  218. Lauren says:

    My youngest (turning 4 next week) speaks very well, but still says TB for the TV. I’m not correcting that one! They do seem to lose those little phrases too quickly.

  219. Emily says:

    We taught our kids the sign of the cross while saying, “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” And my son started calling his forehead his “father.” I never did correct it. He’s five now and thinks his forehead has two different names.

  220. Erica says:

    My 3.5 old son is OBSESSED with Angry Birds. So, when he plays. he wants to show me what each bird does. So he’ll say, “Mommy, want to see what this angry bird do’s?” Do’s instead of does. It’s the cutest thing in the world. I’ve corrected him and sometimes he remembers, but I secretly prefer when he says it wrong. :-)

  221. Liz says:

    At 20 months my daughter morphed ‘milk’ into ‘mock’ which quickly morphed into ‘cock’. At exactly the same time she learnt to say duck, except she’d say f*ck.Try explaining those to the babysitter. Now that we’ve started toddler yoga miss 3 often asks if we’re going to yogurt, I just say yes :)

  222. Francine says:

    My 3 year old calls motorcycles “cycle bikes”, I’ve tried correcting him but he insists that’s what they’re called. lol

  223. Carrie says:

    My son used to say “versing” instead of versus, like a verb. The Gators were versing the Bulldogs. It was so cute we didn’t tell him for years.

  224. Cynthia Shah-Khan says:

    My three-year-old calls McDonald’s “Old McDonald’s.” As in, “old McDonald’s had a farm.” It’s so cute I don’t want to correct him.

    • Angie says:

      One of my younger cousins used to call McDonald’s “E-I-Os” when she was around 3ish. I don’t remember when she quit doing it (she’s 17 now), but I still call it “E-I-Os” from time to time. I don’t think her parents ever corrected her…don’t blame them at all!

  225. Allison Burkman says:

    My 3 year old says dolphinent for dolphin (think it’s mixed with elephant) also joggles for goggles. My oldest daughter used to call carts curts. Middle son started luvies for love you. We still say this all the time.

  226. Emily says:

    My niece asked for “bear sauce” on her biscuit! It was so clever that we all call honey “bear sauce.”

  227. Sherri says:

    For reasons unknown my 3 year old daughter calls Froot Loops ‘Bootscoots’.
    “Mommy, I need more boot scoots. Whats the magic word? Pwease?”
    She always asks what the magic word is before saying please.

  228. Angela says:

    Love reading these!

    A recent one here was my young son naming his body parts – “dis is mine hand, dis is mine wrist, dis is mine elbow, dis is mine sandpit..” (armpit) and that name has stuck! In New Zealand we say sandpit instead of sandbox.

  229. Laura says:

    Helihopter
    “Mommy, you gave a better remembery than me”
    Yamahama

  230. Kiinu says:

    My son is four and he calls helicopters ‘hella-doctors’
    He is also always being-hayve lol

    He can’t handle ‘s’ sounds when they’re next to a consonant. So the word sound will come out fine… but school is ‘kool’ and snakes are ‘nakes’

  231. Seren says:

    My son used to say “Be repaired” when he meant “be prepared”. It was so cute when he’d be packing his backpack for an outing telling everyone he had to “be repaired”.

  232. Mary Clare says:

    This brought back memories of a trip when my daughter was 2 years old. According to her we went to “Washington ABCD” instead of Washington DC.

    • Susan says:

      My twin nieces proudly told everyone their Daddy was in “Vanilla the Philippines”, when he was working over-seas.

  233. Meghan says:

    When my oldest was little, she had lots of funny words for things. My favorites were bassekaboo (basketball hoop), shla shla (socks), and “That’s a-stuckin’!” (That’s disgusting!). I still use the last one. :D

  234. Aimee says:

    One day my little girl (6 at the time) and I were in the American shop. We live in England but I’m from Holmen Wisconsin. As we left the shop after paying crazy prices for a handful of American treats, my daughter asks, “Is he Americish too?” I didn’t quite get it and said, “huh?” Her slightly annoyed reply was, ” You know. Half American and half English like us.” Bless her. It’s one that’s stuck with us!

  235. TC says:

    When my 3yo thinks she might get squished, she says “Don’t close me in to a hedgehog!” I have no idea where she gets it from, but I find it adorable :)

  236. Amber says:

    My 3 year old refers to restaurants as “supper stores”.

  237. Danielle Savoie says:

    My daughter had difficulty when she was little with consonant blends, especially /scr/ as in scrapbook. As a result she would often ask me if I planned to to pictures in the ‘crapbook’. :)

  238. Jennifer Whiddon says:

    My 4 year old has always referred to the interstate as the “intersteak”. This mispronunciation really gets under my 5 year old skin, he corrects her constantly. The yell at each other the whole way home some days. I really think she knows how to say it now but she has too much fun tormenting her brother.

  239. michelle says:

    My 3 year old sings: “ring around a rosy, a popsicle’s a frozy, ashes, ashes, all fall down!” Well, makes as much sense as the other, I suppose.

  240. Amanda says:

    I used to say “bein’ have,” too! My mom used to say, “Be. Have!” Like it was two words, so I’d whine, ” but mama, I’m bein’ have!”

  241. Zoe says:

    Ha ha! That reminds me of my cousin who, when told to behave once replied “I AM have!!”
    Also my sister coined the term “oppositting” to mean sitting opposite and “jobbly” to mean “it’s a good job that….” as in “Jobbly I went to the toilet before I left the house…”

  242. Lori says:

    When my now 4 year old was about 2 he called blueberries “bluebabies”. Yes, I have it on video (it is precious beyond belief). Shortly after my father in law corrected him and he stopped doing it. That bastard.

    • KellyP says:

      That is cute! Mine called them “boobies”. “More boobies!!!” he’d yell….Can’t remember if we got that on video.

  243. Suzy says:

    My daughter was 2.5 when her sister was born, and pronounced the baby’s name (Rebecca) as Repecca. After a while, Rebecca’s name would be shortened to Becky and Bec, and I also called her Becky-Boo at times, so of course big sister called her Pecky, Pec and Pecky-Boo (other people thought she was saying “peekaboo”). I think she was 4 when I realised that she could pronounce just about every other word correctly, except for her sister’s name, so I reluctantly corrected her. I expected there to be a phase-in time, but she pronounced it correctly straight away. I was a bit sad, because it was so cute.

  244. Jennifer says:

    We had lots of good ones, but here are the ones I remember the best: soup was pronounced “poop” for a while (as in “More poop, please”) by my eldest. My youngest drank remoraid (which I now understand is also a Pokémon) instead of lemonade. I think my favorite is still dat-der dat-der (tractor-trailer) from my oldest. And while all the other children called my youngest Weeam when they were small (his name is Liam), my friend’s daughter, being very possessive of “her” baby, called him Meeam. :)

  245. Laura says:

    When my 3 year old wants to talk to me or my husband individually, he uses “Mommy” or “Daddy” specifically. When he wants to talk to both of us at the same time he calls us “MommyDaddy”. For example “Mommy, I’m hungry”, “Daddy, let’s play”. “MommyDaddy, we all have to go to the park”. :)

    • Melissa says:

      Too cute! This just reminded me that last summer my then 2.5 yr old started calling us “Dammy” if she was talking to us both.

  246. Dedra says:

    My 3 yr old son says “Bible Story” instead of “Bible Study”… I haven’t corrected him yet. He says it every time it’s time for me to go… “Mommy are you going to Bible story?”… Love it!!

  247. Juli W. says:

    My five year old calls my computer a “pinkcuter”.
    My three year old says, “Can I do not start eating?”

  248. Grace says:

    Last night, while in the tub, my almost 4yr old son made the announcement that, “Boys have penises and girls have pajamas.” I had to agree.

  249. Beth says:

    My son used to call the remote control the camote matrol. I never correct those things. :)

  250. Ebony says:

    My 6 yr old son has just finnished 2 years of speech therapy. Which is great as people now understand him when he talks. I do miss my babys cute pronounciations though. So we havent corrected him when he asked for ‘perched eggs’ at mamamas house. She has now renamed them that.

  251. Janeene says:

    My oldest said “hiam” for thank you, and my little one says “nang.”
    Now my oldest is 8 and sings “Paradise City” with the wrong words and I refuse to correct him. “Take me down to the very last city where the grass is green and it sure is pretty.” There are days when he seems so grown up, but these things always remind me that he’ll always be my baby.

  252. TrishA says:

    Being have is in this house too.

    “Kids behave yourselves”
    “We are being have” (smallest)
    “Don’t make me come up there”
    “We willint!” (Smallest)

    Amn’t and willn’t are my favourites though!

  253. Melissa says:

    My favorite from my sons (ages 5 & 3) is cappertillers. Our 1-year old had a Very Hungry Caterpillar party for his birthday and by the end of it, even I was calling them cappertillers!

    • Emma says:

      My (40 year old) BFF can’t say caterpillar either, it comes out capertillar. It makes me laugh so much that we even had a capertillar cake at my wedding (she was my MoH)

  254. Michaelina says:

    My daughter is 5 1/2 now and she has very few kiddisms left. So the few we have, we leave it go. She was an early talker with an extensive vocabulary. We are so proud, but relish in the kiddisms nonetheless. She says todeger rather than together, and yets in place of let’s. As in, “yets go to the park todeger.” She also occasionally says, (when she has the hiccups) “ugh! I keep hiccing up!”

  255. hayley says:

    my wee one had the trouble with “y” for yellow, saying “lellow”. it didn’t bother me but my mum wanted her to try pronounce “ya”. it went like this: granma “ya, ya, yellow” wee one ” ya ya, lellow” everytime. loves.

  256. Kat says:

    Strawbs for straws, (like strawberry); Reflidgerlater= refridgerator, Clicklerlated= being very cold (My husband and I actually use this one now!). Car Pantscorder= car transporter

  257. Wendalette says:

    My little sister, at age 2, called her private parts her “Venus”. I’m tempted to pass that one on to my own daughter.
    Speaking of whom, at not quite 18 months, she calls ALL chairs not her size “high chairs”, including my desk chair and the kitchen step stool (which looks like an upside down trash can). Her crayons are “draws”, crackers are “cookies” or “crackies”, and chips are “chicks”. I love how she says “yeyo” for yellow.
    And I’m relieved that she finally asks for “moke” (milk) or to “nur”(nurse), rather than for “breast”, which she pronounces correctly and clearly. I had always wondered why she insisted on “breast” when I never used the word when offering her a nursing session, until I realized she was making–on her own! at 10 months!–the distinction between expressed milk in a bottle and milk straight from the source, and making sure that I knew exactly which one she wanted.

  258. Juli says:

    My 2.5 year old son says:
    Stawbebby for strawberry
    Oppatuss for octopus (my personal fave)
    Ats-tident for accident
    He’s very articulate, but these 3 give him the most trouble. I hope he doesn’t figure them out any time soon. Makes my heart melt!

  259. Sara says:

    My Almost 3 year says “I am so busy!” After he spins him self around. We try to correct him, “do you mean dizzy?” “No mama, I’m busy!” Too funny!

  260. Christine says:

    My (now 9 y.o.) son used to say ‘armbow’ for elbow and ‘choking gum’ for chewing gum. Which were both really quite appropriate!

  261. Nicky says:

    We have a couple here..

    Cu be cumber
    Jumpaline (Trampoline)
    Hula Loops
    Helli chop chop (helicopter)

    I love them and tell my husband off for correcting her!

  262. Jodi says:

    When my daughter was in Grade 1, I was driving her to school one morning in the fall and she looked up and saw the geese flying south for the winter (in Canada). She tells me: “Mom, the geese are immigrating for the winter.” She’s 18 now and we still joke about it :)

  263. Danielle says:

    My daughter says “berf” instead of barf. Neither is nice but she heard barf once and then we all just started saying “berf” instead. She also says “naklins” and “punklins” for napkins & pumpkins.

  264. Tisa van den heuvel says:

    Totally dobbing in a friend. Her daughters name is charlotte but when she was learning her name she wa xcalling herself sharted. We laughed so hard she wouldnt say her name for about 6 months!

  265. Victoria says:

    My son always said “befront”. You know, like I’m behind the chair, and now I’m “befront” it. I never did correct him because I loved it so much, but eventually he figured it out on his own. :( So sad when they grow up!

  266. Bridgette Cotter says:

    My near 3yr old daughter calls aeroplanes “air-pits” and any time she hears a beep or ringing noise she calls out “there’s the phone!”

  267. Amy says:

    My 5 year old used to say “I want mommy to take you a bath”, meaning give him a bath. He still slips up sometimes when he’s really tired. That always makes me so happy because it’s like I have my baby back for just a second.

  268. Toby says:

    My 4 year old son:

    Instead of “without” he says “bee-bout” as in “don’t leave bee-bout me!”
    Instead of “animal” he says “aminal”

    I also love our “inside names” for certain things like “the tater tot restaurant,” (where he loves the taters), “the elevator store” (the grocery store with the elevator) and “long bars” (which are not those short stubby fig bars, they are the longer cereal bars).

  269. Toby says:

    Oh, and my 2 year old daughter says “can we go at the park?” Or, “there’s the park. Can we go at it?”

  270. My favorite was fix-side-down for right side up. His thinking was it’s upside down, so you fix it. Now it’s fix side down. Sad, he doesn’t say that anymore.

  271. Patti says:

    Mine ‘don’t wait’ for things, instead of ‘can’t wait’. I miss her kidisms.

  272. Lisa says:

    My four year daughter still calls cupcakes ‘pupcakes’.

  273. Amanda says:

    My 4 year old says “ROCKIN EGG” instead of Rotten egg and I Looooove it!

  274. Katja says:

    At the age of 2, my eldest would combine “you’re welcome” and “my pleasure” to end up with “your pleasure”. I suppose in a way it was :)

  275. Melissa says:

    My daughter thought that the movie Corpse Bride was about a guy named Corpe and his new wife.

  276. Amanda says:

    My 4 year old says ROCKIN EGG instead of rotten egg and I loooooove it!!!

  277. Tracy J says:

    My 6 year old says “manimal” instead of mammal! It is just too cute to correct!!

  278. Michele says:

    My 2.5 year old loves all things that fly, and most of them have a “kapeller” that goes “round and round”

  279. Rhapsody98 says:

    My sister used to say she wanted a “peener button” sandwich. Sounds dirty, but it meant peanut butter. Also, “jerley” for jewelry.

  280. Jen says:

    Oh, I so miss this!! My daughter used to call stinging nettles, “singing nickels.” I loved it!

  281. Misty says:

    “bank you” – thank you
    “baybe” – maybe
    “stermix” – hand sanitizer
    “cobb cobb pipe” – corn cobb pipe (Frosty the Snowman)
    “yunyins” – onions

  282. My Kids Mom says:

    My two faves: Happy Burpday (lasted six years!) and Cellephone (logical v. telephone)

  283. Karen says:

    I thought all our kidisms were gone. Last year I realized our daughter was calling pipe cleaners “pine needles.” She still does it every now and then.

  284. Sarah says:

    I’m so excited to get these kiddisms from my daughter! She is just starting to talk. Oh! The anticipation!
    When my son was little, he called the remote control for the TV a “marote”. While I did correct him, I also found myself saying it incorrectly on occasion, though completely unintentional. He also used to think adults were just “dults”. For example, he’d say “when I’m a dult, I can stay up as late as I want.” Haha. I still giggle thinking about it. That was a tough one to fix!

  285. Jennifer says:

    My four year old always says taste-eslike. Its all one word….this sucker taste-eslike watermelons! It’s my favorite and will never be corrected. All that sweet kid talk goes away way too quickly on it’s own.

  286. Robert T says:

    I still don’t correct my 6 yr old 1st grader on his most precious kiddism. My whole family loves it and giggle every time we hear it.
    Ohs-most = almost
    “I ohs-most made a goal at my game this morning.”

  287. Nicole S. says:

    A long time ago my nephew’s knee pads for skateboarding weren’t fitting him correctly. He let us know by telling us they were “pinching his knee pits.” Apparently, he figured that any body part that has a hinged underside must be a pit. Makes sense to me! Thank goodness he didn’t start putting deodorant there.

  288. Lauren says:

    When I was pregnant, I told my 3 year old he was too heavy for me to pick up, so now when he doesn’t want us to pick him up he says, “no no, you’re too heavy for me”.

    For no apparent reason, he also refers to me as “my mother”. As in, “MY MOTHER!!! Where are you, my mother?” I have no idea where this came from.

  289. Modern Mom says:

    I love kiddisms. When my son was 2 he called Santa Claus “HoHo Claus”. And anyone wearing a red hat, for that matter.

    And, the new one this year (he’s 3 now) is that he’s going to “fall down in love with that girl”. Oh Lord help me.

    My oldest corrects him, which he gets in big trouble for. i want to hang on to these kiddisms as long as possible.

  290. Paige says:

    Both my kids say Hanitizer for hand sanitizer (which is kinda brilliant in my opinion- lol) and toyquoise for turquoise. My 6 yr old daughter still calls high heels “high ankles” (love that!) But my favorite is when my son told me he loves me “to amphibian and beyond” – took me a minute to figure out he meant “infinity” ( they both say this still in occasion) I love kiddisms- I don’t correct them anymore because I don’t want them to grow up any more than they already are!

  291. Robin says:

    My 4 year old son loves to eat at Panda Express. But he calls it “Panda Depress.” I envision some poor depressed panda alone in a corner somewhere. PS: we don’t eat there often.

  292. Tom says:

    Our kids used to say New Hampster for that state between VT and ME. It entered the family lexicography hard and fast and is still used by us 30 years later.

  293. Jen says:

    My 8 and 9 year old still call the grand finale of anything the grand fanality. They will put on a show and tell me “it’s time for the grand fanality mom”. I know I should correct them but it’s the only kiddism I have left and I don’t want it to stop.

    They used to confuse Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson so they were both Michael Elvis. Made for some funny but confusing conversations.

  294. Whitney says:

    WOW! I said that exact expression for I don’t know how many years until I realized on my own it was wrong. I don’t know if my parents corrected me and I ignored them or if they thought it was too cute and let me say it anyways. I still like to say it sometimes as a throwback to the good ol days of childhood.

  295. jen says:

    So many to choose from but my faves are GELOS for Legos and Fling-a-mingos for Flamingos

    My dad use to call my little brother ‘Little Fella’ which I mistook for and then called him “little Phillip”….his name is David! Hahaha

  296. Wendy says:

    My near-7 year old still says “pine-a-papple” instead of pineapple. I think it is cute, but I should probably start correcting him before his friends tell him he says it wrong. :-)

  297. Timea says:

    Even though I’ve been reading your posts for a loooong time now, it’s the first time I’m commenting. Me and Hubby dearest got married last NOV. He has wonderful twins the age of 10 from the previous marriage. When the kids were little, they couldn’t say I love you. They said Alulu instead. So that’s what we got engraved on our wedding rings. I love you is boring. :)

  298. Lucie says:

    My little sister is 7 and she got a onesie for Christmas last year, she kept asking my mum could wear her jacuzzi and it took many attempts to realise what the hell she meant!!

    Also my auntie lives in Peterborough and she called it Peterland for ages, we all call it Peterland now if it ever comes up.

  299. CaseyK says:

    In our house “beeka-nah-nah” = belly button

  300. Andrea says:

    Too many to read them all, but I recognise many of these from my own children. My girls (6 and 4,5) hardly make any of these kiddisms any more, but my 4,5 year old son does a lot — my personal favourite is when he doesn’t want to do something, he’ll tell us that, “overvise” (otherwise) something will happen. My kids are bilingual, and the language they use outside our home doesn’t have the “th” sound, but somehow his sisters don’t seem to have picked up this pronunciation, so it is quite funny.

  301. Ashley Trinh says:

    A friend took his daughter into the locker room with him before their swim class. When she walked in she said, “Daddy that’s a big cock” Totally horrified he said, “Yes, sweetie that is a big CLOCK on the wall”

  302. Ann says:

    My kids are grown but some that we still use because they are cute are: frigula (refrigerator), fulling (instead of filling) and the best, sour-crap (sauerkraut).

  303. Jen says:

    My daughter used to say nyolk for milk. No matter how we tried to get her to say it right.
    Me-”Say mmmm.”
    B-”Mmm”
    Me- “say ilk”
    B- “ilk”
    Me- “say mmm-ilk”
    B- “Mmm-ilk”
    Me-”now say it together, milk”
    B-”nyolk!”

    And woovie for movie.

  304. diane says:

    My niece (5) recently told us about the Little Baby Cheeses, referring to what she had learnt at school about Christmas.

    My daughter used to say “Yook!” (“yook at the cat”) until she was five, I loved it. And “hostable” for hospital.

  305. Alicia says:

    Well, my mother-in-law, while drinking (never happens) misunderstood my comment about her “harshing my mellow” and said, “marshing my mallow…that’s funny.”

    Opposite of cute when it’s not a kid. Lol.

  306. Swordsman70 says:

    Our youngest daughter calls her older sister BIG S’ER. Short for BIG SISTER. We encourage this and also hope this nickname sticks.

  307. Nomes says:

    My little sister used to call the Wizard of Oz, the Whizz da Boz. And apparently when I was a child, I called camels Deycomes, because of the Christmas storybook I had which stated about the wise men “they come to see the baby Jesus”

  308. Sarah Collins says:

    We have a children’s museum near us called Eureka and my daughter has obviously heard it as ‘Your Reka’, so has always called it ‘My Reka’ (are you following this?!) We haven’t been for the last year since she has learnt to read, but I’m guessing she will be crushed to find it’s Eureka!

  309. Charlotte says:

    my 3yo has had loads of lovely kiddisms…not so many now, sadly. I remember before she was even 2 she used to say “pummy” instead of tummy, and “boppom” instead of bottom – that last one stuck for a long time.
    Current keepers are “square-co” (scarecrow) and “falingo” (flamingo)..but one of my faves is when we’re at a funfair and she’s trying to remember the word for Candy floss (or cotton candy in the US) as she says “possum”!!

  310. Jessica says:

    We have a 13 yr old, 5 yr old, and 3 yr old, all girls…. One night our three yr old comes up to me and says “Mom, I can’t find Lil, she’s abradabra!” (3 and 5 yr old think I can disappear and reappear things by saying abracadabra, lol)
    My response to her was ” oh no! She is??” So she goes over to Piper and says “Piper help me find Lil she’s abradabra!”
    Without looking up from her tablet Piper says “I can’t, I don’t have magic.”

    And don’t worry Lil wasn’t really “abradabra” just in the bathroom ignoring her little sis, lol.

  311. Heather says:

    Here is a sampling from my book of kiddisms from when my eldest was 3:

    “I don’t want a canola bar.”

    “Mom, can I have a naked apple.”

    While waiting at a construction site on the road, I was filling the time by pointing out the heavy equipment.
    I said, “… and that’s for flattening the pavement.”
    He corrected, “Actually, it’s called asphalt. It’s kind of like your fault.”

  312. Melissa says:

    My girls ask me to “check their timer” to see if they have a fever. They both do this, which is unusual, since they are 3 and 6!

  313. Nancy says:

    We used to have 2 freezers. When my daughter was about 3, she was in the basement with her dad, who had asked her to ask me which freezer the supper casserole was in. She yelled up the stairs “Is it in the Amana or the Aladya?

  314. vanessa says:

    I have long hair that I usually wear up in some sort of hair tie, but my 4 year old likes me to wear it down, and this is how he asks me to do it: “Mommy, pour your hair out”.

    His name is Van and sometimes we call him “Van the Man”. When he was just about 3yrs old we asked him what his last name was, he told us “The Man”.

  315. Margaret Winters says:

    My wee boy, who is 3, uses the word, ‘somewise’ instead of sometimes, otherwise and either lol. It is very cute and I love it lol :D

  316. Alicia says:

    My four year old daughter calls McDonald’s, “Old McDonald’s.” (Don’t judge, we don’t go very often). Neither my husband nor I correct her because it is one of the very few kidisms she has ever used, and I love it.

  317. Adrienne Jack says:

    My son used to say “bring hayve” too. He also said “be tend” instead of pretend, so he would say “I am being tend that I am Spider-Man”. I love that smart way of figuring out English;)

  318. C says:

    My youngest daughter, who’s 2 1/2 years old, was referring to bunny rabbits as honey rabbits for several months. My husband and I were remarking how cute it was and whether we should correct her. Before we got around to correcting her, she corrected herself. Wish we would have gotten a recording of her being adamant that bunnies are honey rabbits. :-(

  319. Steph says:

    We would say to our girls, “Say you’re sorry.” So they took it as “your sorry,” and they would say to us about something that happened “I said my sorries.” So sweet

  320. Nanette says:

    My 2 year old says Melmo for Elmo. It melts my heart.

  321. Mac says:

    Whenever my son would tell me or my wife about something interesting nearby, we would say “show me”. So when he wanted us to show him something, he would say

    “Show me me”

    And if he had something for us to see

    “I show me you”

  322. Alison says:

    In response to his silly uncle – who is always asking him if he is a baby or a big boy – at two, my four year old coined the phrase ‘little bit big boy’. Not to be outdone, my second son, now two, refers to himself as a ‘baby big boy’. I don’t want them to become big boys!

  323. Sarah K. says:

    When my twin boys were about 3, learning to share and take turns was huge at our house. One day Matt started talking when his brother, Ben, was already telling me something. Ben said, “Mommy, I was talking first and he just entered me up!”

  324. Carla says:

    My husband always greeted our 26 month old the same way with “there’s my grandson!” Recently the baby/toddler started greeting granddad back with “there’s my grandson!”.

  325. Erin says:

    Mine’s still a bit young for kiddisms (she’s 16 months… everything is basically still Da and GA except fro cuah-caks (cupcakes) :) But, her aunt who’s 4 always referred to Rapunzel as Pepe.. :)

  326. april says:

    My now 4yr. old was crazy-obsessed with a wooden puzzle of the United States when she was 2. She had it figured out right away and would do it over and over. She then started to memorize the state names. She had all of them down except that “Pennsylvania” was always “Pencil Paper”. After some time away from the puzzle, she came back to it forgetting the names and new states emerged, like “Missitucky” or “Colorama”. I never thought geography could be adorable.

  327. Cathy says:

    One that we are keeping around is having “fockles” for breakfast instead of waffles. I’m looking forward to meeting my adult boys for breakfast at some cafe in the future and asking them if they are going to have fockles…

  328. Rachel says:

    My 5 year old just stopped saying “basik” for basket. She only had a few kd-ism words, so I really didn’t want her to grow out of the cute misspoken word stage. *sigh* Also, cake balls, or cake pops, will always be Pop Cakes. :)

  329. Joh says:

    People – The great news is you don’t have to ‘lose’ these Kiddism’s, they can become in-family jokes. We have lots in our house that just seemed normal to keep. Like our first daughters word for excuse me was me-me and so all children just used it and we all still do.
    My girls are all 12 years and up now and every morning we kiss them on the forehead before school and say “Love you Mumbai”. This is what became of words said fast as we were rushing out each morning before school since they were little – Love you mum, bye.
    I love our personal family language!

  330. Terri T says:

    Gosh! This might be the longest list of responses ever!

    My oldest son has soo many! Right now the one he says all the time is “handchucks” instead of hand cuffs. (he got a policeman costume).
    He used to say “brotherfly” and “breadroom”.
    Both of my boys think they have “peanuts” and that dad drinks “beard”.

  331. Merrie says:

    I still love it when my 4 yo daughter asks for “opameal” for breakfast. And, of course, that she calls between her legs her “pagina” instead of, well, you know. :)

  332. Tina says:

    So my husband likes to call my bras ” Over the shoulder bolder holder” I was doing laundry one day folding and such and my then 6 year old came out of the pile and said Mom ” where do you want me to put your bolder holder?” He has since then passed it down to my 2 yo daughter. And another one. After my daughter was born I was breast feeding and trying to explain to my boys then 5 and 8 that my breasts/boobies made milk for the baby. When ever it was time to feed her they would ask her if she wanted “Boobie Milk.” Awkward moments out in public. LOL

    • Rachel says:

      LOL!!! We were at a restaurant last week, and my 5 year old very loudly said, “I wish I could still drink your boobie milk.”

  333. Em says:

    My son used to say “spider-roach” when he saw a cocaroach!

  334. Buffy Quinn says:

    My 9 year olds call thumbtacks thumb attacks and I don’t correct them

  335. Alison says:

    My nephews best were:
    > “Grasspossum” (For a grass hopper)
    > “Tram Train” (for a tram, because it was a train [on tracks] but only conceded the ‘tram’ part as it was also on a road and probably just to keep me happy) and,
    > For a long time a shower, lake, dam, river, bath, ocean – everything “water”. “is not a lake; water!!!!”

    Can’t really argue with that….

  336. Sruthi says:

    The only juice my daughter drinks is orange juice and thats what i usually make at home.One day at a restaurant, i asked her if she would like some orange juice but she replied that she wanted Red juice! It was at that moment i realised my daughter thought we called it orange juice because it was simply ‘orange’ in colour! :)

  337. Awwww!!! Let him have his kiddism. That was so cute I nearly exploded.

  338. Genevieve says:

    Once, my almost 2 yearold son did something quite dangerous, I told him never to do that again because he scared the crap out of me! So awhile later (days? Weeks?) we were playing some game involving surprise and my 3 year old said , “Mommy!! You scared me out of the crap!!!” I just about peed my pants laughing. She still says it too! She is almost 4 now and one of our favorites is that she says Tim Porton’s for Tim Horton’s lol Cutest thing EVER!! I asked my hubby what our son says that’s cute and he said “All the words that he says?” Lol I just remembered another one our daughter used to say when she was learning to talk…spaghetti she called “subdebbie” lol

  339. Rebecca says:

    My 2yo calls tunnels “tuntuns,” his cat, Tigerlily, “Tigawee,” and once when he was one year old, he tried to hand me the detergent to help me with laundry. He couldn’t pick it up and said, “oh no it’s stuck!” I said that no, it wasn’t stuck, it was just heavy. He paused, pursed his lips, then replied, “no; it’s Steavy.” That word was a part of his vocabulary for a while

  340. Hayley says:

    When my 4yo was younger she called bras ‘boob wings’. Now she knows that is not their name but still calls them that cause it make me laugh so much!

  341. Simone Sunflower Lively says:

    Dalek bread – instead of garlic bread …. :) It’ll always be dalek bread in our house

  342. Simone Sunflower Lively says:

    Dalek bread instead of garlic bread :) It’ll always be dalek bread in our house

  343. Mimi says:

    My oldest would on occasion rip a page in one of his books so I would put it up on the shelf until I had “a chance to fix it” He came to me one day with something and and asked “do you have some chance to fix this with?” He thought “chance” meant tape!

  344. Michele H says:

    My mother babysat my children when they were young. My parent’s used the old-fashioned word “icebox” while my husband and I said “refrigerator”. When my daughter was 2 yrs old (25 yrs ago) she would say “may I have something from the icerrator”. I thought it was so cute.
    She now has 3 sons of her own. My 3 year old grandson calls the Capri Sun pouched drink, “Crappy Sun”. We correct him but he still calls it that. So funny. It reminds me of your blog.

  345. Emma says:

    Mine ask me to turn on “the ABCD” when we hop in the car on a hot day (i.e., the AC).

  346. Lauren Price says:

    My kids called granola bars “gorilla bars” for the longest times. And at Christmas when the tree would be loosing needles, they would tell me that there were “noodles all over the floor.”

  347. Dale Tara Mackay says:

    Gutting myself reading all of these!

    My almost 2.5 year old boy starts off with ‘the boy’ when he wants something, e.g. ” the boy a nutshake pees” for ‘I want a milkshake please’. And he is totally in love with cats, especially funny cats, which he watches clips of on You Tube. Except he pronounces it fanny cats. He has a cuddly toy cat, which he once rubbed in in my face and said “the cat a fanny”, which in the UK is a bit bleugh! I text this one to my husband at work and it had him laughing all day ;P

  348. Misti says:

    At the library where I work, there is an elevator. At least once a week, I am amused to hear toddlers requesting to “ride the alligator.”

  349. My young son calls the Australian National War Memorial (his favourite place) the “Whore Memorial”. Yeah, that can be embarrassing!

    He also calls the Disney Cars character Chick Hicks, “Shitcakes”. No amount of arguing with him or watching the Cars movies will change his mind. Still makes me laugh until I cry!

  350. Snarky says:

    When the four year old gets particularly pigheaded a reply to my ‘OK??’ Is met with ‘NO-Kay!!!’

  351. Mama_kay says:

    My daughter asks every night, “mama, will you take me a bath?” Also, “we love ee chullers in dis family, don’t we?” (Each other) Gah!

  352. Gabrielle says:

    Aw, thank you so much for inspiring me to write these down before I forget!
    A few of ours were Princess Oriole (Ariel), nickels (nipples), and Pambebby gape (cranberry grape juice). Now my 4yo has gone randomly British and refers to his female classmates as “the gels” and says “strobbery” as if strawberry rhymed with robbery. And lately they both want to hear Zoe Deschanel sing “Swing Low, Sweet Cherry” because it’s “a song about someone getting rescued.”

  353. Aimee says:

    For a long time, my youngest would respond with “goose tight” whenever anyone sneezed.

    • Aimee says:

      Oh! And then there was “rader-rader” for radiator, “boys have a penis and girls have a nectarine”, “encause” instead of “because”, “hookah-hannah” for Hanukkah, and the time I was asked “Mama, are you a whore-a-vore?”… That’s herbivore. And yes.

  354. sheila says:

    Our four year old checks herself out in the “Me-er,” which makes perfect sense to me! I’m still sad she says yellow instead of “lullow” now.

  355. Jamie says:

    My nephew used to call Gorillas “a-gorillas” (pronounced uh-gorilla)
    I was watching Mighty Joe Young (don’t judge) & he asked me what Joe was, I told him “it a gorilla.”

  356. Georgia says:

    Oh, so many! My nephew (who is now 23) referred to croutons as “crontoons” We still call them crontoons. When my now 19-year-old son was in kindergarten and we were having a frustrating morning, I told him, “That’s IT! You have pushed my LAST button!” SIlence on the drive to school. Then, he shyly asked, “Mommy, where is your button located?” LOL!

  357. Niki says:

    My favorite was McNugnuts for nuggets. I don’t remember when she stopped saying it, but it wasn’t because I corrected her.

    Our household still says “Ha Ha” for soda, as my oldest used to call it that (because the carbonation made her laugh) when she was about 18 mos old. (No need to get up in arms…she was only taking occasional sips of ours.) And we still say “Body Sandwiches” for PB&J because that’s what she has always called them. <3

  358. Holli says:

    My son’s first words were mamma and I figured we would just stick with that. He’s 22 months old now and my grandmother and MIL have started calling me Mommy when they talk about me to my son. But he must think they are saying it differently because he calls me Money now…I wonder if it will stick…it is kind of prophetic.

  359. Eva says:

    I told my kids last night that they had to pick up all their toys. I told my son that that meant all his legos and k’nex, and I told my daughter that meant her dollhouse. “Make sure all the toys are picked up,” I instructed them. They ran upstairs, then I heard a thump, then my three-year-old daughter wailing. I asked her why she was crying and she sobbed, “I can’t do it!” I asked, “What can’t you do?” Tearfully she explained, “I can’t pick up my dollhouse… it’s too heavy!!!”

  360. Shannon says:

    My daughter called breasts “sides” for the longest time. This stemmed from me always asking her, “do you want the other side?” while breastfeeding.

  361. Jennifer says:

    My daughter asks for a “fuzzy” taco instead of a soft taco– I love that!!!

  362. Jen L. says:

    My son, who was 2 at the time, thought that the stroller was called the “get in”!

  363. Kara says:

    My sister used to call Krispy Kreme “Krusty Kreme) and gloves were “glubs”. She’s practically sixteen and we still use this. Can’t wait until my daughter (4 mo.) does this. One of the best things about having little children.

  364. Lucy says:

    My 2.5 year old daughter says “my treasure” instead of “my pleasure”. Every time I say thank you to her for something, she responds with, “You’re welcome. My treasure,”. My husband and I don’t correct her bc it’s so darn cute!

  365. KG says:

    OMG these are hilarious! :)

    My 12 year old daughter still says hopsital instead of hospital, and jump roping. She used to say please may you get me a drink. My 7 year old son used to say bayoon instead of balloon.

    They both say peesghetti for spaghetti and packbacks for backpack.

    My son also says chocklick and used to say pick up me, and me helpuh you mommy when he was helping me clean lol!

  366. Sarah T says:

    Some towns in our area are “Your week-a” (Eureka), “Our Kayda” (Arcata), and “My Kineevil” (McKinleyville). Just about every kid here says those.
    Barbecue bacon cheeseburger is “Bake hamburger cheeseburger”
    Playing with is “Playing withing”

  367. Emily C. says:

    My 3 year old loves to spin in circles and make himself “bizzy”. He’s also very good at putting his juice in the “frigider” (refrigerator).

  368. Michelle says:

    My 6 year old figured it out this year, but she used to call Valentine’s Day, “Valen’s Time Day”. She slips up every now and then, we love it ;)

  369. Gretchen says:

    My now-4 year old learned the word “caribiner” around age 20 months, courtesy of her big brother describing the caribiner hanging off the pram. However they had been talking about the bean bag in her bedroom earlier that morning, and things got a bit muddled. It took another 2.5 years to get her not to call the caribiner, “caribeanbag” :-D

  370. Shannon Vukosa says:

    My daughter says “prob-blooms” instead of “problems”. I’d much rather have prob-blooms than problems so I don’t correct her!

  371. Kristin says:

    “What for that do?” Our 3 yo. I hope he always says this. In fact. We say it all of the time now, too!

  372. Rachael says:

    For a long time we couldn’t figure out what my 2yo was talking about when she said, “why taw.” I finally figured it out one day when we were looking through a book of animals and I realized that we always talked about how giraffes are “really tall.” She thought that was the name of the animal instead of a description, but she can’t pronounce all of those R’s and L’s. Say it out loud and it will make more sense. Now giraffes are referred to as “why taws” by the entire family. :)

    • Rachael says:

      Oh, and how could I have forgotten?! My oldest daughter, now 8, has always called nipples “nibbles.” I don’t correct her because I think it’s hilarious.

  373. Elizabeth says:

    Our son will tell you he wants “snothing,” meaning something. But it’s pronounced rhyming with “nothing,” so my husband endlessly asks, “You want nothing?” “No, I want SNOthing.” Rinse, repeat.

    We lost “die-door” (dinosaur) and “Da-ul” (his name: Daschel) so we’re glad to hang on to something.

  374. Jenn says:

    My 2 year old says ohdit for elephant. She’s also still nursing and when she wants to nurse she yanks on my shirt and yells “Open the milk!”

  375. zebaby says:

    We often will take a trip to purchase books at Half Price Books. Our son still calls it “High Spice Books” – love it!

  376. Kate says:

    When we were teaching my son the names of his body parts he thought we were saying “meatballs” for “nipples.” He’s 8 now and we still call them that. Even better he used to call my pink laptop the “pink pooter.” When he wanted to play a game on it he would always say, “Mommy, can I use your pink pooter?” Hahaha sounds terrible I know…

  377. Thea says:

    My son used to call any moon that was not full a “spill moon.”

    He also referred to bandaids as “boo boo leathers” (as in fruit leather) lol!

  378. Rick says:

    My almost-five-year old daughter says “last tomorrow” instead of “yesterday”. Love her to pieces.

  379. Beth says:

    My niece used to say Bampa instead of Grampa. And she used to call my hubby Grampa Joe instead of Uncle.

  380. Shelley R says:

    We traveled from CA to South Dakota this past fall with our 6 year old and 4 year old in tow. We went over all the fun things we were going to see and do with them before we left, as we planned on visiting alot of the state. We got off the airplane in Souix Falls, and the 4 year old, very seriously, turns to me and asks, “Mama, when are we going to see Round Mushmore?” We continue to call that big mountain with the presidents heads, Round Mushmore!

    • Shelley R says:

      And last Spring, we had an extremely heavy rain storm come thru. I picked my 6 year old up from school and on our way home, crossing over a creek near our home, he yells,”Mama, the creek it over floating!”

  381. Julie says:

    For a long time my daughter called the ‘ocean’ the ‘oh shit’. That was one I knew I needed to correct but every time she said it, oh I laughed. Also, she called her poop ‘dirty rocks’.

  382. Michele O. says:

    My daughter watches Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. She has a hooded sweatshirt like Daniel’s…..she calls it her ‘neighborhood’. She thinks the song is about his hood. She also calls a mustache, a mustachio. I figure because she related it to pistachios? I don’t ever want her to say them correctly :)

  383. Dana says:

    My brother had a speech impediment when he was little, and had major trouble with Rs. I really only remember his trouble saying his name (which middle name included, has 5 of the suckers). But the best one was his insistence that spaghetti was “puh-spetti”.

  384. Wolfy says:

    When my first child was young, we used to play a very gentle version of the Punch Buggy game. In case someone’s not familiar with it, it’s a child’s game where the first person to see a Volkswagon Beetle vehicle would race to punch the arm of every person around them, exclaiming, “Punch Buggy, red! (or blue, or pink, or polkadot… whatever colour the vehicle was) The rules were that if someone punch buggied you, you weren’t allowed to get them back using the same VW Beetle, but you could get the other remaining people if you’d also seen it. As you can imagine, chaos ensues. So anyway, we’d play a gentle version of that with our son, and he’d exclaim, “PUGGY BUGGY!” Too cute.

  385. paddy says:

    My 5 yr son still says dambage for bandage..i dont correct him…he might need therapy later in life.

  386. Sarah W says:

    My almost 3 year old still usually follows me into the bathroom when I need to go. Sometimes I jokingly ask her if she’s ever going to give me any privacy. She asked what that meant the first time I said it, but the next time I asked for privacy she just said, “But Mommy, sometimes I give you a private seat!” Not quite how you pronounce it, but pretty much the same thing in this case!

  387. Brenda says:

    Ok the list goes.
    fuckertruck which slowly turned into fikertruck.
    When you would say “I love you” he responded “TOO”
    Banana is applenana
    berterthama which actually means a sandwhich.
    Oh we would tell him that were going crazy so now he seems to think that crazy is a park (dont know how he put those together) but he keeps saying he wants to go to crazy park.
    serder is cereal
    sippy was bippy and drink was gink.
    And he JUST said “Check my dinner not wedy.”
    OH OH OH and everyone is a him. “Him said no”

  388. Laura says:

    Aww, I’m right there with him! When I was little I remember my mum hissing at me ‘Behave!’ – probably in a bank queue or doctor’s waiting room and my reply was, ‘I am ‘have’ing’. Perfectly logical :)

    L xxx

  389. Mindy says:

    I have enjoyed reading a lot of the comments as much as the post itself! My only child is 18 months, but the mispronunciations have started. Poom for spoon, ho-shees for shoes, oh-bee for open. Really looking forward to hearing what she has to say as she gets older!

  390. Beverley M says:

    Apparently I must say “That’s better” entirely too often when I turn on the light in a dark room, as my 2.5 yr old refers to light as “better”

    “Mommy, is better outside!” when the sun comes up in the morning in the winter after we’ve been up for a while, for example.

  391. Melissa says:

    My 5 year old daughter says “high five ten” when she wants a high ten. I started to correct her the first time, but it was so cute I couldn’t do it.

  392. JN says:

    Here are just a few from my wonder kid:
    When she wants to wear 2 pairs of pants she’ll say “Can I have 2 pantses.”
    When she’s nice to her baby brother she’ll say “Look mom, I’m happy to him!”
    Once she asked me, “Why do I have to go to school ‘always’?” …instead of “every day” :)
    Instead of saying “yesterday” she said “lasterday.” I thought it was so cute & clever I didn’t correct her:)

  393. Pam says:

    My oldest, now seven, had a wonderful nanny named Patty up until she was 4. She would refer to other kids’ nannies as their “Patty.” All my kids still say “aminal” instead of animal. Once, my 4 year old son wanted to ask me for a chocolate croissant, which I had been talking about making. He tried to say the words, got frustrated, and finally said, “what you said!”

  394. Sara says:

    “Make Sure-ing” v. to Make sure. Ex: What are you doing with all those markers? I’m make sure-ing they all still work. (courtesy of the 5-year old). As for the 2 year old, Babana=Banana, pooputer=computer, boobies=blueberries. Seriously, is there anything cuter/funnier than a two-year-old asking for oatmeal with boobies in it?

  395. Susan says:

    My son’s very last kiddism was pocketboose (pocketbook). It broke my heart when he started saying it correctly. I still miss lellow, yook, and yike too (yellow, look, and like). When he was small, we once wondered if he was a changeling, because he refused a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream on top, saying “I no yike that!” (referring to the cream topping). Oh! and “take”. If he wanted to be picked up, he would raise his arms and ask, “take?”

  396. Mocca says:

    My son used to say “Habiesh” instead of “Asseblief” (pronounced like a fast arse-a-bleef ) which is Afrikaans for please. The way he said “Habiesh” sounded quite a lot like “a bitch” .. so I made sure the pre-school knew what he actually meant :)

  397. shanna says:

    My almost 3-year old daughter tells us “Don’t share germs to me!” when we try to share our food with her.

  398. carey says:

    i had to take my son to the urgent care with me when he was about 2.5 and was trying to impress upon him how very important it was that he behave. he promised me he would, “be very, very have.” :)

    • carey says:

      oh, and we told my 4 year old about the super bowl this weekend, which he referred to as the “football champion chips”. to be fair, we did eat some pretty amazing nachos…

  399. Kady says:

    My son also used to tell me that the dog was not “being hayved.” I loved it! My youngest would sing the alphabet wrong. It would come out “H-I-K-K-M-M-M-M-P.” I thought it was adorable, but his pre-school teacher told me we had to encourage him to say it the right way. *sigh* Ok then, but it was so cute while it lasted.

  400. Kate says:

    My little one has pj’s with ponycorns on them. I don’t want to tell her that they’re unicorns.

  401. Pam says:

    Our three year old calls our trampoline a “jump-o-line”. So cute!

  402. Steph says:

    My 3 yr old son has trouble with the “s” sound as the first letter. He tells us “I wear no (snow) pants” to go play outside right now. :)

    By far our most hilarious kiddism has come from my 6 yr old, when he told our neighbor that I wanted a new “vagina cabinet” for our dining room. I quickly corrected him in saying I wanted a china cabinet, but I thought my husband was going to die laughing. :)

  403. Stephie says:

    My favorite tantrum ever: “I don’t know, Lucian.” – “I DON’T YEEEEES!”

  404. Meri says:

    When my sister was little I always remember her calling spaghetti “Pisketti” and cinnamon “cimmanin”. When we have pasta I always ask her if she wants Pisketti. We still laugh about it and she is 31!!!! :)

  405. Lana says:

    my little brother used to say “twenty tooth” instead of twentysecond

  406. mbaxtermomma says:

    my now 8 year old used to call pajamas jamamas and I liked it so much I use it now its actually easier to say and when the two year old wants picked up she’ll come up with arms up and says help help until picked up, dogs are woofies and tooth brush is called the boy one as it’s blue with tigger on it..so cute

  407. Laura says:

    The one thing that comes to mind is how my son asks for the remote control. He calls it the battery ‘mote. He has a favorite dish at Chili’s which he refers to as chilante soup (enchilada soup).

    I’ll hang on to these for as long as possible. Kids grow too fast.

  408. Julia A says:

    My little boy (now 5) when he was ill used to say he was “all mouldy and rotten”, like the fruit past its best in the fruit bowl. He also used to call a butterfly “butti-iy-iy-iy” which I loved.

    And my littlest (2) just the other day told her big sister that the time was “clockity minute”.
    :)

  409. Joanna says:

    My son, now 5, used to count “1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10, a lemon, 12…”

  410. Kristen M says:

    My 5 yo says “bless you’d” instead of sneeze. “Mom I need a tissue, I just bless you’d”

  411. Robbie's Mom says:

    My four year old son says “last day” when he is referring to “yesterday” – I love it so much, I don’t WANT to correct him. He also says, “Don’t get me mean!” when he means “Don’t get me mad.”

  412. Elsie says:

    When my now 3 year old was only newly talking, I was horrified because she kept coming up to me and saying “F#@* you, Mumma!”. It took me weeks to realise that she was actually telling me to vacuum and that her father and uncle had figured it out early and were constantly prompting her to tell me to vacuum. Also, she still, to this day, calls it a “complooter”.

    My 2 year old’s cute kiddism is “much in the world”, as in “Love you much in the world, Mumma”.

  413. Hope Vincent says:

    My daughter is 10 and there isn’t much she messes up anymore, but she still says “glassable” when she means “breakable” and it is still “pasgetti” instead of “spaghetti.” But my favorite is her version of the song “Thrift Shop.” The lyrics are “I’m gonna pop some tags, Only got 20 dollars in my pocket, this is F’in awesome.” I don’t normally listen to main stream songs, but I had it on a pop music station one day and I heard my daughter singing it, and was horrified when she sang the lyrics that contained the F bomb until I asked her to clarify what the song said. Her version? ” …only got 20 dollars in my pocket, this is an opossum.”

  414. Megan W. says:

    We have a newborn in the house again, and my 4 year old still says that she’s “eating your nickels” just like he did with his other little sister.

    The 2 and a half year old says “I toot with me’s mouf!” when she burps.

  415. Cate says:

    My four year old, who is a lover of wooden train sets, shows off his trains… “look mommy, I conn-tached them” Attached plus connected. We are thinking of writing websters!

    Also, he asks if can come sit on my lap “for a few whiles”.

    Adorable!

  416. Heather says:

    My son is obsessed with trucks. He knew all the parts of them when he was little and he used to mispronounce hubcaps as hobe-caps (hobe sounding like globe). I loved it. So adorable. We never corrected him and would say it the correct way in conversation with him, but he would just keep saying it his way. He’s almost 6 now and doesn’t say it anymore, which makes me sad.

  417. Heather says:

    Oh, and my son would also call his mouth his “mouse.”

  418. That’s adorable! This Christmas my kid started referring to Santa as ‘noman’ like snowman. And it was so cute, we didn’t correct him.

  419. jk says:

    My very favorite was hoctordoctor for helicopter – from two until ….not sure when we finally corrected her!

  420. sally says:

    ha ha, that was my own kiddism that my mom re-told me about for YEARS. she loved it. “Mom, I AM being-have (hayve)”

  421. Betsy says:

    My daughter (age 7 or 8) asked me why I was washing my testicles, which had me quite alarmed until I realized my dad always pompously refers to his glasses as his spectacles.

  422. Mrs. P says:

    My little guy is 2 1/2 and has always bee very chatty. He has quite a few, my favourites being “3…2…1….Blast ON”. He has a thing for space and I don’t have the heart to tell him its blast off.
    He called my dad “Papa too-too” for the longest time, couldn’t figure out why. Until we realised everytime we visited, dad would make the cuckoo clock cuckoo for him.
    One day as I was doing a sink of dishes I heard him playing in the other room, singing “titty f*uck, titty f*ck” over and over to himself. I had to see what he was doing. He had a stuffed kitty in his dump truck…so innocent and so funny!!
    His little sister has her own kiddisms as she is getting more verbal. She calls her brother Bubba. Not his name but oh so sweet!

  423. Eliza Kinkz says:

    Hah I can’t wait till my son starts having full conversations with the cat! Right now he just crawls after them babbling nonsensically….

    And our mean kitty actually likes him, while our nice kitty hatez him. Maybe just beginning of sitcom love triangle….

  424. Beckey says:

    Chicken = Kitchen

  425. Jenn says:

    My oldest son, now 7, used to say “tank yoop”, instead of thank you. It was my favorite thing ever. Words that started with th- were pronounced with an s, ie “ohhhh, it’s a singy!” (its a thingy… that one was from christmas when he opened his play tent but didnt know what it was, but was excited about it anyway). He still says “dunna” instead of “gonna”.

    I nanny a 3 year old, and some of her kid-isms that make me smile are “I wuv ooo” (I love you), “cuncunber” (cucumber), “Brock-a-ee” (broccoli), “buh cuppies” (bubble guppies), and when she says “fork” it comes out sounding like the f word.

  426. Wendy says:

    These have me in tears at work!
    My son, who is now 10, had “taste bugs” instead of taste buds until he was about 8. I miss that.

  427. Doni says:

    My husband put our 2-year-old daughter to bed earlier than usual. Well, she climbed out of her crib and I see her walking down the hall. I ask her (what I thought was rhetorical), “Did Daddy put you to bed prematurely?” She answered, “Yeah, Daddy put me to bed pretty much early.”

  428. Kim says:

    My friend’s family has some weird names for things, though I’m not sure if they were originally kidisms or what since we met in 3rd grade and her brother is 4 years older. So they always called breakfast “brexquix” so when he went to kindergarten the teacher asked what he ate for breakfast and he was confused so he came home really mad at his parents for lying/not telling him that it was actually “breakfast”

  429. bex says:

    MY three and a half year old boy has frequently given his animals, toys or imaginary friends the name ‘Socol’ or at least, that’s what it sounds like. He thinks it’s incredibly funny. I realised he also found the word, ‘coldsore’ funny too, when he had one several months ago. It took me ages to figure out he was reversing the syllables, so he thinks he is naming his toy Coldsore. He does this with other words too, now we know how he mixes the syllables, it’s a lot easier to figure out what he is saying.

  430. Mary Clare says:

    My 3 year old has finally learned how to pronounce Mrs. Phillips, our babysitter’s name, and now adds the word “Mrs.” to others’ names. Our favorite is when she calls my husband “Mrs. Papa.”

  431. Celie says:

    Some yummy ones: “Mum, can you do me a flavor?” or “I made a miscake”.

  432. Arch says:

    My little one calls the mouth wash “Gargling Soup”. She asks for some gargling soup every morning!

  433. Wendy says:

    My 4 year old son has a couple – he LOVES the Wild Kratts and is always asking me things like “Mom – who are the snake’s biggest creditors(predators)?” I always want to be a smartass and say they don’t owe anyone anything. He was also going on and on about the rafters flying away from their creditors – took me until I saw the “raptors” episode that I got it.

    Finally, he always says “Goodness I had enough playdough” or whatever, which is from “Thank goodness” as far as I can tell.

  434. Wendy says:

    also forgot – when our route to school was under construction, I’d always moan about having to get on the “dumb-old freeway”. One day we were driving and he said “it’s not so dumole today”. Came to find out he thought “dumole” meant traffic jammed.

  435. Tanya says:

    My daughter did a big burp, and I said “What was that?!?!” She replied: “It was a farty yawn!”

    “We’ve got to go to the Old MacTometrist today.” (optometrist)

    “I’m so sick. I’ve got such a big throat. I did so many throats this morning.” (coughs)

    Some other favourites:
    delicocker (helicopter)
    mueslium (museum)
    food princesser (food processor)

    And my son used to call a fart “Party Part” (farty fart).

    So much cuteness!

  436. Carolyn says:

    It has been a couple of decades, but my favorites were “Red Nose-off” the reindeer, “gumbrella”, and “Poo-pwize” (surprise).

  437. Monica Garreau says:

    Our almost 2 yo says “pah carns” for popcorn. We think she pluralized it in her head! She also says “show me” for “I want to show you.” Love it!

  438. Cori says:

    My daughter used to call her leotards “buh-tards”. We had no idea why, but it was hysterical and adorable. I travel a lot for work to a town called Cedar Rapids and she also used to get upset that I never took her to “see the rabbits”. :)

  439. Kim says:

    I just found out my 5 year old daughter thinks pupils are pupe-holes LOL I also let her think that salads have proutons on them, “you know, those crunchy bread thingys?”

    I love when she says words wrong because she was an early talker and skipped a lot of baby talk!

  440. Leslie says:

    My 4 year old daughter has been calling pony tail holders “pony tolder hairs” since her first attempt to say the word a couple of years ago, which is hysterical considering that’s so much harder to say! But that’s what we call them now, pony tolder hairs… because it’s adorable! And fun!

  441. Adeline says:

    My 3.5 year old says “bressels” for breasts, “aminals” instead of animals, “covered” instead of cupboard, and “escavator” instead of escalator. There’s more but those are the ones that come to mind. I should keep track of them, I know I’ll miss them when all my kids are grown!

  442. Jen D. says:

    Our first son (now 8) used “being hayve” when he was about 3 and it just stuck. We use it quite a lot. Great minds must think alike. ;)

  443. Caroline says:

    My son calls Cheerios ta-ta’s. One day on our commute home from work/daycare, there was an ad for Cheerios on the train and my son started shouting Ta-ta’s! I got some amused looks from women on the train.

  444. Krystal says:

    Sadly, at only 2.5 they are few and far between now, but we still have “Here I mam!” (Here I am!) and she also calls my husbands ear muffs “Daddy’s head puffs”. Hahaha!

  445. Me says:

    My 4 year old is obsessed with Star Wars. His favorite spaceship of course, is Han Solo’s, which he calls the Aluminum Falcon.

  446. Erica Pascucci says:

    My son takes a medication each morning and I hide it in peanutbutter to make it more appetizing to take. He comes running out to me yelling “Chinutbutter, Mommy! I want Chinutbutter!” No matter how many times I heard him say it, it NEVER gets old! I’ll actually be slightly dissapointed when he starts to say the word correctly. :(

  447. Karla says:

    My little guy says, “either me” instead of “me, either.” He also had this thing where he would call people by the color of their shirt if he didn’t know their name, like, “Mom, look at the black guy. I want to play with him and the white guy.” You can only imagine the looks I’d get when we were out!

  448. kim leibbrand says:

    “Snesame Street”

  449. Elizabeth says:

    My 3 year old likes to express his enthusiasm for a suggestion by saying “Dat is a breally good-ud ee-dea!” At bedtime, he will ask to “Nuggle in the back bank cut” (snuggle in the black blanket), which is JUST ADORABLE. And since we explained that the grown ups they know by relational titles (Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, etc.) actually had NAMES, my husband has been dubbed “Robertadaddy”. Because he’s Robert, and he’s a daddy.

  450. Right on says:

    these are all awesome! we’ve got…

    “Slip Slops” for flip flops and

    “high knees” for Knee highs

  451. Robonanny says:

    My son doesn’t make too many mistakes any more – he’s seven now – but he will NOT believe me that grenades are not “grown aids”. I guess you have to be grown up to use ‘em…

    He used to pronounce water as “tar” so sparkling water was “fizzy tar”. We still call it that!

  452. Vivian says:

    My three year old says that girls have vulvas and boys have “pennies”! I let her be because it sounds funny and I like not having to be embarrassed for a while longer. ;)

  453. Kate Mills says:

    My sister used to say “I’m suffo-Jennying” when it got very hot. Her name is Jenny and mine is Kate (i.e. I was suffo-Kateing!). :)

  454. Naomi says:

    We’ve had a few that have carried on for food items and a few other things but my current favourite is that my daughter, when talking about having children one day refers to them as her “darlings”. She first announced to me that when she grew up she was going to have two darlings – one boy and one girl and she frequently talks about them and how she’ll look after them and not make them go to bed or get cranky with them. (Bad me obviously! lol.)

  455. Jamie says:

    Absolutely loved reading all of these posts!!
    oh boy, where do i start?? My now 11yr old blessed me with these:
    -”hot corn” for popcorn
    -”pat back” when he wanted a backrub
    -”fixapitchafit” for pitching a fit
    -”deebeedee” for DVD
    -”wanna bar” for cereal/granola bar, later switching to “Tiger bar” cuz the package had a tiger on it.
    -”Mama sketti” for Ramen noodles (we still call it Mama sketti)
    -”dat hook-em-up truck” for Mater from Cars
    -”packpack” for backpack
    -”Big Red Chicken” for Red Robin Restaurant (we still use that one)
    -”Little Red Girl” for Wendy’s
    -”Big Lips” for Dairy Queen (they used to have that commercial, remember?)
    -His Dad and I used to talk about going to the “Big Gray Rat” so he wouldn’t know we were really going to Chuck E Cheese’s
    -”nye nyke” for nighty-night
    -”lush you” for Love you
    -there were 2 B’s in the alphabet…”A B C”…”T U B” and “ellenenno” for L M N O
    -all sharks were named Bruce and all orange fish are named Nemo, thanks to Finding Nemo
    -”ockuhpus” for octopus
    -We called calimari “Chicken Cheerios” (well, pretty much any breaded white meat was called that). I think he was about 4 when he figured that one out :(
    They grow up so fast! *sigh*

  456. Jamie says:

    ooohhh…and “lipstax” for chapstick (still use that one, too)

  457. Jennifer says:

    My 3-year-old daughter has so many that just recently my husband and I started a list so we don’t ever forget them and can share them with her when she’s older. Of them all, I would have to say my favorite and dearest to my heart is “wadu” (said wah-doo) for water. She now says water but my husband and I still say wadu :)

  458. Jessica says:

    My nephew used to confidently point to things and say “Dis”, meaning this. Apparently we used to ask him “What’s this?” so often that he thought everything was named dis.

    My other nephew used to name the characters on Thomas…Percy was especially funny to hear since it came out sounding like pussy.

    • Jamie says:

      My stepson loved the Thomas characters, too. The Christmas when he was three, he wanted the Engine Washer playset, although he called it the “Percy Washer”. Unfortunately, he pronounced Percy the same as your nephew! We had a lot of explaining to do to Santa!!
      Oh my, the memories!

  459. Amanda says:

    My husband’s cousin once told his mom over the phone from a friend’s house, “Don’t worry mom, I’m having. I promise, I’m having really good!”

    My husband’s entire family still calls the hassgroppers, because that’s what he called them as a little kid.

    And, my son still says, “If you exist” instead of “If you insist.”

  460. Charissa says:

    My favorite with my eldest was “bluebeejies” for blueberries. He’s way too articulate, though, so that didn’t last long. *sigh* Now, at 5, he’s pretty much left with “gooder” instead of “better” and “mines” instead of “mine”, which is far less fun.

    My niece called my son “nikiyyi” for awhile (his name is Nicolai) which was also the most adorable thing ever. She is also a very articulate child so the phase was far too short-lived.

    The 17-month-old is just starting to talk, but I do now very much understand how “bubba” came from “brother.”

  461. Tara says:

    when getting into the cold car on early winter mornings, my 3 year old daughter, after hearing me refer to the defrost setting, asks ‘mommy, can you turn the frosting on?’

  462. Rachel says:

    My 2 year old says “I’m turn” instead of my turn and “I have to put my pockets in” instead of put my hands in my pockets.

  463. Heather says:

    When he was 2, my first son said “nonsense with chepit” for “French fries with ketchup”- we think he picked up the nonsense part from Grandma.

    My younger son is two now and he says “ABCDs” for CDs and DVDs.

  464. Rebecca says:

    I’ve always used correct anatomical terminology with my kids (vagina, penis, etc.), and now my 4-year-old daughter refers to her vagina as “my china.” I tried correcting it once, but now I just call it her “china” too – it’s too cute

  465. Gigi says:

    My son calls croutons, scroutons (screw-tons). And he loves to eat them so will ask for them when we are out in public.

  466. Nuria Giralt says:

    My son combines “cut it out!” and “quit it!” and says “Quit it out!

  467. Milan says:

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  468. karlie says:

    “have”. “being have” is truthfully old English terms

    My sister and I say “being have” we were accused of baby talking, so we Googled it

  469. Jessica Van Vleet says:

    This tickles me. I remember calling to my son, “Behave!” To which he replied, “I am HAYVE!”

  470. Kim says:

    my 3 year old says “No I amn’t!” Makes sense to her that you can combine am not into a contraction!

  471. Amanda says:

    My son is getting better at saying the word, ‘Dinosaurs’…but for the first few months he was saying it, he said ‘Dinowhores’..hilarious…my hubby and I were in stitches the first time we heard that…he is starting to get that middle /s/ now though, so we only get ‘dinowhores’ less than half the time now.

  472. Shell says:

    Love this! My 4yo sons favourite food is spaghetti “bowl of nayse”(ie bolognese). We don’t have the heart to correct him – it sounds so cute!

  473. Kim Magrath says:

    My 2.5 yr old says ” Happy BirthdayCake” instead of just happy birthday cause the cake is her fave part.

    Biscuits mean breakfast.

    I got a surprise the other day when, on the way home from daycare, she asked me if she could ” milk my nipples now ” after watching a baby being breasted.

    Moooooo! This cow’s been out to pasture for ages.

  474. Ashlee says:

    When my husband was little he thought Parmesan cheese was “parmice and cheese”. And my friends fav food was “puff da wheat”. Kids are so funny. I thought cats were girls and dogs were boys. And my sister thought ppl made babies using their belly buttons (ppl lay with them touching).

  475. JosieRae says:

    I have 4 kids, twin boys born last and my favorite kidism was when they’d say Flutterfly instead of butterfly…..I think flutterfly is much more accurate, so I never did correct them….
    They also called themselves and each other Ditti. Names are Liam and Barrett, so we never figured out where they got Ditti, but whenever either of them did a “no no” they would just say, “Ditti did it.” and I never knew if they were admitting guilt, or tattling.

  476. Terri says:

    My kids are teens now, but we still have a few kiddisms that we use.
    My daughter was obsessed with the Lion King. One day she asked what we were having for supper and I said, “Tuna Casserole”. Somehow she heard Hakuna Matata, which is what we still call it.
    Another time, we were tossing a ball back and forth. I guess it was too easy, she wanted to back up so that we could play ‘Level Hard’ instead.

  477. beccity98 says:

    When my cousin was just talking, he started calling any construction toy (like a bulldozer) “mac-mac.” Especially the orange cones-they are mac-mac- cones. None of us have any idea where it came from. He is now a senior in high school and we still say mac-mac. I will probably teach this to my own children, if I have any.

    When I was little, I called rabbits “bock-bocks” because that’s the sound they made in the Cadbury egg commercial. I am 33 and I have a stuffed toy bunny that says ‘bock-bock-bock-bock’ when you push it’s paw.

  478. beccity98 says:

    I, personally made up a phrase in my mid-20s. I think I was trying to say two different phrases at the same time-that someone was making me cranky, and pissing me off, and it somehow came out “they are cranking me out.” And I sometimes still use it. Is there a correct phrase that I’m forgetting?

  479. Rachel Cruz says:

    Wello = yellow

    wackos = waffles

    kaprise = surprise

    whhaaaaattttt????? = despicable me (the way the minion says what when Edith blames him for the mess)Lipstick taser!!!!!! = despicable me 2

  480. mel says:

    Every time we pass this restaurant, dd says look, there’s red monster! (Red Lobster)

  481. Katie says:

    When I’m nursing the baby my 3yo asks “You all done eating a baby now?”

  482. songbird says:

    My 5yo son got a temporary tattoo at school for Valentines day and I have not had the heart to tell him that it is not a “cattoo”

  483. Brittany Lenahan says:

    My favorite kiddism that my son still says -and now his little sister says as well – is “calla-pitter” instead of “caterpillar” :)

  484. Jessica L says:

    Apparently, I had told my parents I was “being have” when I was younger, too. They tell me about it allllll the time because they thought it was so funny! It makes sense why a kid would think that, though!

    I’m sure I have lots of them, but my favorite involved my 1st daughter, who used to say “upside-ide down” instead of just “upside down”. It was so cute, I never did correct her! She is 4 1/2 now, and she has just recently stopped saying it, and this makes me sad. I have a 2-year-old who is just starting to be a real chatterbox, so I’m sure I’ll have some fun ones from her, as well. She does say “mingers” instead of “fingers”…

  485. Merryn says:

    So adorable! I have started writing down my 2 and -a -half year old’s endearing ‘kiddisms” to enjoy in the coming years. The latest grammatical kiddism which had me in stitches was, “Are you too heavy Mummy?” (This was an attempt to comment on my difficulty carrying the heavy shopping basket). Under my breath, I chuckled, “I sure am!” but I couldn’t resist a big laugh-out-loud. The result? Several minutes of this question being repeated as we waited at the check-out!!!

  486. Melissa says:

    My son is only 10 months old, so he doesn’t have any kid-isms yet, but my niece says “Patter-ens” for patterns. And she used to say “Dee!” for a high five when she was younger, but now – at 4 – looks at us like we’re crazy when we put our hands up and say it to her. She apparently has no recollection of a high five being called a “dee.”

    And we taught her to yell, “Nuuuuuuuu” at the television during sporting events…. oops.

  487. Coby Lyons says:

    My daughter used to say “weenis” for penis. Weiner (which she heard at school) + penis = weenis.

  488. Coby Lyons says:

    My daughter still uses this term for “looking for something”: Are you finding it yet? (I think it comes from the fact that she is bilingual in Mandarin (her momma is Taiwanese and we raised her bilingual from birth) in which Mandarin has just one word that means both looking for something and finding it. She’s 7 now, and still says it. I give subtle corrections by repeating that I am looking for something, but hasn’t caught on. I’m not worrying about it.

  489. Danielle says:

    Yes, my naked 3 year old was just getting ready to step into the bath when he started talking about his tentacles (aka testicles). So funny! :-)

  490. Vicky says:

    Lol, my daughter used to say being have as well! I didn’t correct it and it went on for years! Now they say oatmemal for oatmeal, I’ve corrected a few times but none of them say it right.

  491. NoMarie says:

    My 2-year-old says “what you dooning?” (what are you doing). He really just asks randomly, probably more because he knows it makes me laugh, and I will respond “What YOU dooning?” But the best part is he says it often times when he’s doing something he shouldn’t be doing. For example, I’ll hear him say quietly “what you dooning?” and look over to find he’s gotten a hold of my car keys and is remote-starting my car. I guess he’s so used to hearing me say “Hey! What are you doing?” when he’s getting in to something, and he doesn’t realize he’s now tipping me off to his trouble-making.

  492. Sofi says:

    My younger brother used to talk about “being-hayve” when he was little. Also “being-tend” (pretending). Not surprised that others have made this cute mistake.

  493. ldoo says:

    My nearly 6 year old still calls adults “anadults,” because honestly, don’t we always say something like, “Ask an adult” or “Hold an adult’s hand.”

    Also, she still says “Once uponce a time…”

    I do not have the heart to correct her on these. I may never.

  494. Taylor Tracy says:

    My boyfriend’s 4 year old son pronounces “volume” as “valium” and I get a laugh whenever he asks me to “turn up the valium”

  495. sarah s says:

    Lets see… my daughter also says being have. She calls milk “mook”, spaghetti is “tupexi”, vagina area is lady parts but she sometimes says lady butt and she thinks the belly button is lady button. For awhile poodles were “pertoodles”. She also thinks shooting someone is called “firing” them.

  496. Melissa K in Nebraska says:

    My now 28-year-old daughter used to say mazagine and f*cky-fried chicken for Kentucky Fried Chicken.

  497. Nicole says:

    My 4yo calls the pumpkin loaf from Starbucks “Pumpkin Love”. And seriously, it should be called that.

  498. Kelsey R says:

    While eating burgers one night, my daughter, 3.5 yo, asked for extra “pickle dicks” (chips). My husband I couldn’t stop laughing at that one!

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