made up words (or, portmanteau)

I'm going to geek out on you for a moment here over language stuff again. 

Specifically over hybrid words or portmanteau words. Which is when you take two words and combine them into a new word. More linguistics geekery here on Wikipedia. (and the word "wikipedia" is itself a combo of wiki and encyclopedia! Yay!)

Crappy Boy is a master at them. I am not.

I try to make them, I really do, but mine are always contrived and forced. They are controrced. See? Sucktastic. <–Okay, that one was good, but I didn't coin it, it is even in the urban dictionary.   

Here are my favorites of his…


When doing a magic trick:

He is keeping his magical bases covered.


When he is both thirsty and hungry:

Because when you are thungry, who has time to say more than one word? 


In the tub with no oats in sight:

Less filling that oatmeal, plus it washes your mouth out!


Admiring the torso of a robot toy:

It did have a nice one.


Got one? And I don't just mean from your kids! Try to come up with one. Or share a favorite that you already know. I'm begging and pleading you. I'm plegging! Sigh, embarrassing. 




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619 Responses to made up words (or, portmanteau)

  1. Tia says:

    This is brilliant and hilarious! Abra ca pocus!

  2. Joanna says:


  3. Claire says:

    I love abra ca pocus! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love made up words

  4. yvonne says:

    my kids combine pajamas and jammies to call them pajammies. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Sarah says:

    Clup for climbing up! You MUST yell this as you climb up anything!
    Plore for please more! Because when you want more you want it now and there is NO time for saying two words!

  6. Amy says:

    I think kids have a certain freedom with language that we lose as we get older. I can’t for the life of me come up with one so I blame my age.

  7. Sommer says:

    Hehe, love this! I accidentally said “sment” as in smell and scent. Everyone was laughing at that one!

  8. Candy says:

    Scumscream and tomornin’ (tomorrow morning) are all I’ve got.

  9. Mrs. Zehe says:

    My son (almost 3) combines airplane with choo choo train to get Choo Choo Plane! This hybrid word now applies to both planes and trains.

  10. Heidi says:

    I do this all the time accidentally. I think one word and try to say another but the two become an amalgam. I used to think it was because I was so smart that my mouth just couldn’t keep up with my brain but I’m beginning to suspect a tumor.

  11. nn says:

    Your blog is funny because it’s true. Trunny? Oh dear god…

  12. Jen O says:

    I am a sucker for the word ginormous and I use it all the time.

  13. maggie says:

    Thingy-majigs…. is mine for almost any item I forget the name of “Where is that, ummm, Thingy-Majigs.?” My 3 year old girl calls her Barbie a dolbie…. (doll and Barbie)

  14. Jules says:

    My 2 year old thinks I’m prutiful. Who am I to argue?

  15. Tarina says:

    Well, being as it’s almost December, and I despise people who get offended by religious holidays, I enjoy wishing people a Happy ChristmaHannuKwanzhikahs. ๐Ÿ™‚ We have more but I’ll have to wait til my 10 yr old is home to help me remember them. I turned 30 on Saturday and apparently the memory is the first thing to go!

  16. Caroline says:

    Robody! Hahaha … that’s awesome.

  17. Nicole says:

    “pilwear”….pilgrim’s underwear…

  18. Katy says:

    Boddler – Not quite a toddler, but not really a baby anymore. (Okay, I stole that from my sister-in-law. I’m bad at them too.) Will be stealing abra-ca-pocus now too.

  19. Laura Shovan says:

    My friend’s daughter came up with “pee-mergency.”

  20. Katie says:

    Hahahaha! I fear for my children in the future. I make up words like that all the time, in the middle of sentences, and try to pass them off as legit words.

    The best one was in college when I made up “decentable” I started to say decent and switched to reasonable in the middle of the word. My college room mate and I still use it all the time.

  21. Hannah says:

    My 3 year old daughter says “drinky” when she’s thirsty and “lousy” to explain a sound that is loud and/or noisy (“That big tractor is lousy”) I know I should correct her, but it’s so stinkin’ cute (stute?)

  22. Mildred says:

    My 7 year old is fond of saying, “It rinks!”

    Which is a hybrid of ‘reeks’ and ‘stinks’…

  23. Chris says:

    “Lasterday” was my daughter’s, for last night / yesterday. As in, “My cookie was on the counter lasterday, where did you put it??!!?!”

  24. Nicole says:

    My daughter says “oniooms”, as in “I don’t want these oniooms”. A combo of onions and mushrooms, neither of which she likes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Lucy522 says:

    I’m gonna try to use that one! ๐Ÿ˜€

  26. Courtney says:

    My two-year-old says “fump” for fist bump ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Brandy P says:

    Right there with ya

  28. Lucy522 says:

    I’m not sure if these qualify, but my kids use the word “hanitizer” for hand-sanitizer, and my 5 year old still says “be able-ing” for the word able… kind of the opposite of combining a word, but genius nonetheless!

  29. crustipated… when things get very crusty and you can’t move them… been using it for years.

    • Judy B says:

      I just used this the other day it was the only way to describe the situation. Husband looked at me and said is that a word, I said, “I do not know but look at that how else would you describe it”.

  30. Simone M says:

    Hahaha ROBODY made me laugh out loud. Too funny!

  31. Kali says:

    For my 2 year old daughter, “Flummingbird” and “Hummango” are interchangeable for either a Hummingbird or Flamingo. I’m not sure why she crossed these two–could there be any less alike birds?

  32. Kyla N says:

    My 2 year old son can’t wrap his head around the words “hospital” and “ambulance” so he has combined them to make “ambital” whenever he sees any emergency vehicle with flashing lights ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Victoria says:

    “Mommy i don’t need a coat, it’s Sunday!” meaning it’s ‘sunny-today’…ha!

  34. Lucile says:

    My mom is queen of accidental combinations. My two favorites: she was dog-sitting and told me over the phone that my dog was acting a little “lum” (‘low’ + ‘glum’ I assume); she was going into surgery and had a sedative that made her feel “droooozy” (‘drowsy’ + ‘woozy’.)

  35. Cyndi says:

    Instead of “creeps me out” my son came up with the phrase “spooks me up.” It’s now my favorite thing to say.

  36. Michelle says:

    Fantabulous!! (now that is a frequently used word in our house)

  37. Amanda says:

    At my old job during break we would go out back and play hacky sack (you know the game where you humiliate yourself trying to kick a bean ball in a circle, and under no circumstances let it hit the ground) well, when you did a fantastic hacky sack move, it was given the name HACK-TASTIC ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Brandy P says:

    I’m bad for calling my daughter Shyleigh, which is a combination of her name, Kyleigh, and my sister’s name, Shiloh. At least I get part of it right though. My parents always called me by my sister’s name, and my brother’s sometimes too!

  39. Amy says:

    This one belongs to the child of a friend of mine. It was his name for the ice-cream truck, based on the song it played to get all the neighborhood kids running (Pop Goes the Weasel). The ice-cream truck is forever known to us as the “Cock-a-weasel”

  40. Rebecca B says:

    Some of my favs that I have been using for decades are: Fantabulous (I swear I was saying it long before it started showing up on tv & movies)and there’s Fantabulistic. Holy Crapanoli!

  41. K says:

    My sons used ‘behindaneath’ as an all purpose directional description when they really had no idea for years.

    me: Darling where did you put your teddy/car/banana?
    either son: I don’t know. Behindaneath the cupboard?

    And I actually checked wherever they said. Every time. Just in case.

  42. Julie says:


    I make the mistake of never writing them down when he says them, but one of my all time favorites is “yestermorning” for yesterday, early in the morning, and it’s partner “yesternight”.

  43. Sara Jasper says:

    You are awesome! My 4yo has come up with the following:

    “Snaining” Is when it’s snowing and raining. (Usually referred to as “sleeting.”)

    “Turkeygiving” was pretty funny, not sure if it qualifies as portmanteau.

  44. Thora Siegel says:

    Not kid related, but I call most car accidents: idioccidents. For obvious reasons….

  45. Tracy Poff says:

    Adabba da dabba – make you appear-o is Anna’s (nearly 3) version of Abracadabra. She won many hearts a few months ago on a plane when we flew from Miami to Las Vegas with a a stop over in “Minnie-applesauce” also known as “Pineappolis.” She calls the evil guy on the Smurfs “Gargamelon” – and for the record, I could listen to her say “caterpillar” all day – the possibilities have proven to be truly endless.

  46. Sara Jasper says:

    LOL! Yes, write them all down! I’ve forgotten some gems, I know it.

  47. Kate says:

    “Fantabulous”, “Spantastical”, “Ginormous”, “Freakalicious”, “Beautimus” just to name a few of my kids’ inventive language usages. They are teens and still doing it. They’ve gotten so common around here that I sometimes forget they aren’t actually words!

  48. Julie says:

    Ahh! I knew I should have read the comments first;)

    Very similar to one of my faves–yestermorning and yesternight.

  49. steph says:

    A teacher of mine used to tell us how it took him a whole day to figure out what “Sco-dad-squeet” meant. Finally realized it meant “Let’s go Dad. Let’s go eat. More than 2 words, but I’ve always found it funny.

  50. Rebecca Cole says:

    Love it! Definitely going to use that one!

  51. Stella says:

    when my now 11yo was little “foon” was the combined word. For spoon and fork. he is into magic at the moment so ‘abra ca pocus’ will be shared with him. there are others but this old brain isn’t as quick as it used to be

  52. Alison says:

    My nephews best:
    – Grass Possum (grasshopper)
    – Snug (cuddle / hug often ending up on the floor)
    – Dude (his grand dad, my dad [apparently the idea of “Grandad” was too old my my old man])

    Mine and still used:
    – Poinks (as in the bars to indicate signal strength)
    – Bloinks (blocks to indicate how full something is – like the same phones battery power)

  53. Sara Jasper says:

    Also, when it’s foggy, it’s “froggy” and both are sometimes true. I love it when he says “5 more mittens to bedtime”

  54. April H says:

    well played, Joanna!

  55. Jenny K says:

    When our oldest was turning one, his hair had grown into a sort of baby mullet, coining the name “Bullet” until it finally got trimmed.

  56. Carah says:

    My son says lasterday too! It’s his word for any day that isn’t today.

  57. Danielle says:

    My husband always says “dramatically” lol I guess its drastically dramatic!

  58. Emily says:

    Action figures (G.I. Joe, Superman, etc.) called “Marbies” Man Barbies ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. Julie says:

    True. My BFF and I still laugh at her little sister (20 years later) because we asked her what a small horse was called and she said a “smorse”. No effort and we’re STILL laughing at how awesome it was.

  60. princesskrystal4 says:

    One time, my husband told our three year old son (jokingly, of course) that he was a funny looking kid. My son decided to combine “funny” and “looking” which resulted in a reply of… you guessed it! “YOU’RE a fucking kid!”.


  61. Cassi says:

    I always say suspishy, when something is suspicious and fishy!!

  62. Kate says:

    My two year old loves butterflies. She also loves adjectives and uses them for just about everything. She’s come up with prettyfly (butterfly), prettyful (because beautiful and pretty just aren’t quite enough), purplink (evidently purple AND pink are both her favorite colors), and boypoop (used to describe anything smelly including, but not limited to, her little brother)

  63. Francesca says:

    I like tomornin!

  64. Sheri says:

    I’m a big fan of making the language more colorful. My sisters and I refer to impressive cleavage as “boobtacular” (or any top that enhances your assets) we also use fantabulous a lot. And we stole “fabulash” from a mascara commercial ๐Ÿ˜‰

  65. Doni says:

    My daughter used to say that all the time too. I was sad when she stopped!

  66. Jessica says:

    My 4 year old likes to say “Eachgether”, like each other and together. Her friend says “crocogator”.

  67. Francesca says:

    Ooh! We get a lot of those…

  68. Amber Dusick says:

    Smorse!!!! That made me laugh.

  69. Jessica says:

    Oh, and I almost forgot about “hunormous”, as in “Jupiter is hunormous!”

  70. Amber Dusick says:

    Ha! My son was just asking me the breakdown of baby vs toddler and now I can add a middle one!

  71. helen wright says:

    Santa Christmas ( Santa and father Christmas combined ) visits our house.

  72. Laura says:

    Erm, I usually mispronounce words more than I combine them. Credit goes to manic episodes and that squishy stuff between your ears. I used to get picked on at school for it too, so I get rather defensive about it in my old age—unless I’m having a good day and then it’s ignored.

    I can’t really think of any portmanteaus either. Don’t feel bad, you’re not in the minority!

  73. Amber Dusick says:

    Ha! Will totally be using that one.

  74. Carol says:

    Although its not a hybrid word, my two-year old Barnacle saw the otters at the aquarium and shouted, “fish cats!”

  75. Kelli says:

    Leeritant – when you’re leery about something and it makes you hesitate. My sister was using it one day and was surprised to find out it’s not an actual word, haha.

  76. Brandy P says:

    I have a friend who calls all underpants “panties” whether they are for men or women, adults or children. Someone the other night during cards/drinking dubbed her husbands boxers “manties.”

  77. Amber Dusick says:

    Awwww! My son used to say “lasterday!” Oh how quickly we forget…

  78. Amber Dusick says:

    Ha, love how she lumps the rejects together in one word!

  79. Amber Dusick says:

    Hanitizer is so clever!!!

  80. Doni says:

    Kind of the opposite, but once when my 2 year old climbed out of her crib and I found her walking down the hall, I asked her, “did Dad put you to be prematurely?” And she replied with, “yeah, Dad put me to bed pretty much early.”

  81. Amber Dusick says:

    Both of those combo birds sound beautiful!

  82. Jana says:

    so would that be “blage”?

  83. Tiffany says:

    My husband and I were at a store one day when we heard a woman speaking on the phone use the word “Extravagansic”. We assumed it was a combination of Extravagant and Fantastic. We now use it as an everyday term because we both thought it was awesome.

  84. Amber Dusick says:

    I could see myself using “drooozy” after only two glasses of wine.

  85. Amber Dusick says:

    I love spooks me up! Much better than creeps me out.

  86. Amber Dusick says:

    Sadly, I have never been able to perform a hack-tastic move.

  87. Jo says:

    Vomitous – adj. That which is so hideous that it would make you want to vomit. That out fit is vomitous.

  88. Amber Dusick says:

    Gargamelon! And yes, Caterpillar is a magic word for toddlers. Like music to my ears.

  89. Tana says:

    When my son was 2-3, he logically concluded that if his frontside parts are called a “penis” then the backside must be a “poopus”. Makes sense to me.

  90. Amber Dusick says:

    Grass Possum must have been a big grasshopper!

  91. Amber Dusick says:

    Oh, mittens to bedtime. Be still my heart.

  92. Professional Mom says:

    Mine say “handytizer” for hand sanitizer LOL!

  93. Bridgette says:

    My son used to say “hount” for “help me out”. so cute, I miss it! My sister and I would call cows “moogies” when we were kids. I still say that, actually!

  94. Rach says:

    My one is Shame-ege, Been using it for years. Don’t know where the “ege” part came from but know I only use it when playing card games or settlers of catan lol

  95. Holly says:

    Me either = meither.

  96. Bridgette says:

    I also like “snowpacalypse” to describe a blizzard!

  97. Jenna says:

    My favorite was “snownado” which was on the local news when we were expecting a long storm… but without a funnel cloud I decided it was more of a snurricaine…

  98. Magipear. When something magically disappears.

  99. Amber Dusick says:

    My two year old is rocking the Bullet.

  100. Robody! That’s awesome! Love it! My son calls dandylions foofies because you FOOF and they fly away. Hehe.

  101. Amber Dusick says:

    They DO look like fish cats! That is perfect.

  102. PJM says:

    “Oh Glord!” from my four year old imitating me sighing Good Lord when I am especially exasperated. Or when it is getting close to bedtime, “Mommy, is it late o’clock?”

  103. Amber Dusick says:

    LOL manties. That “spooks me up” (from above, see I’m throwing them out there already!)

  104. meagen says:

    I love that one!! Use it all the time.

  105. Naomi E. says:

    You’re adorkable!

  106. Amber Dusick says:

    I’ll have to get him to add that to his abra ca pocus shows!

  107. meagen says:

    I heard this one on a movie and use it alot it is chilling out and relaxing “chillaxing”

  108. Amber Dusick says:

    Love that one! My husband is truly adorkable. Going to tell him later.

  109. Sonja says:

    I came up with “Moggler” (mommy + blogger) and if it ever gets picked up into common internet parlance, I shall reward myself with donuts.

  110. meagen says:

    I like that one too it is my oldest through and through

  111. Amanda L. says:

    It’s not a canal or a river, it’s a caniver! At least that’s what my boys call it lol! ๐Ÿ™‚

  112. Amber Pelton says:

    My daughter (almost 4) will say that something is Anoising. a mix between annoying and noisy. She also calls the fridge/freezer the freezer-rator. (the great thing about made up words is you can spell them however you want!

  113. Alyssa E says:

    LOVE it! Going to have to add behindaneath to my vocab starting immediately!

  114. Amber Dusick says:

    Love anoising. My kids were anoising this morning!

  115. Bren says:

    A co-worker introduced me to hangry. When hunger turns to anger + hunger. My husband is familiar with this concept and now knows that when I say I’m hungry, there is a risk of it turning to hanger if I’m not fed shortly thereafter.

  116. Amber Dusick says:

    Next time my husband asks me where something is in the fridge I’ll tell him it is “behindaneath” the other food. (Translation: just LOOK!)

  117. Poopsplosion.

    If you have to ask then you probably are not a mom or your kids are adults and your memory is bad

  118. we say poomergency for the ones that need a shower for cleanup!

  119. Anna in Ohio says:

    You should change your blog name to Craptures!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  120. Emily B says:

    we had “regusting” when I was a kid – ridiculously disgusting.

  121. Eve says:

    calla-pitter is my favorite.

    I love caterpillar too.

  122. Andrea J says:

    My husband still says mangry, as in mad-angry. It means when you’re so angry, that saying you’re angry just isn’t enough or (more usually) that you’re angry but you know you’re being stupid so you can laugh at yourself. I love it! (side note: I like to think he’s saying manly-angry, when you’re angry in a manly sort of way :P)

  123. Lilac says:

    We use snaining, too. In my mind, snaining is closer to snowing while sleeting is closer to raining. Often with snain, it feels kind of like little ice-bullet-flakes ripping at your flesh and it accumulates in little pellets. But when it’s sleeting, it’s wetter and the cold seeps instead of whips. And it accumulates into sort of a slushy, puddly mess…if that makes sense. haha!

  124. Elizabeth says:

    My 3-year-old looooves potatoes, especially mashed. He will finish a big pile, then ask, “Can I have motatoes, Mommy?”

  125. Eve says:

    Oh I like that one. I always say “God bless” when I intend to swear.

  126. A house favorite here would be jerkasaurus as an insult, or sillysaurus, dorkasaurus and other random words tagged in front of -asaurus.

    Oh, and Rapeedy. Rapid/Speedy. I love Soapmeal haha, that’s something I can see coming up in our house!

  127. Julie says:

    After you haven’t heard from someone in a while, like they get sick, and then you get lots of blogs, they have a blogasm.

  128. Ariel says:

    Not sure if this counts but my 3 year old daughter says “peanutjelly” for a pbnj sandwich. it’s pretty cute ๐Ÿ™‚

  129. Nikki Jackson says:

    i thought “vomitous” was a real word! i use it to modify laundry after the stomach flu has made it’s rounds. i just walked into the kitchen and my kids were saying “funktify”: to make something nasty. we have a ton here too, but i can’t think of any more on the spot.

  130. Ariel says:

    HAHAHAAA donuts

  131. Ha ha these are funny. I have a little red mole on my thigh and my son asked me “Why do you have a mupple on your leg?” (mole and pimple maybe??) Ha ha we’ve called it my mupple ever since, it sounds so much nicer.

  132. seattlegirl says:

    When my daughter was 2-3 she would tell me “Seedown mommy” and pat the couch next to her when she wanted me to sit with her. Now she’s 5 and outgrown that sweet phrase.

  133. Jenny says:

    I think I say “hi-llo” twice a week, when I’m trying to say “hi”, but then halfway through my brain switches to “hello”……and then I sound stupid.

  134. Gretchen says:

    I combine words all the time, but as luck would have it, I can’t think of a single one right now! (I do use ginormous a lot, but that certainly isn’t my original.)

  135. Mimi says:

    We had a couple of great uncles in our family who weren’t ready to be called “great” because it sounded too old so we coined the term gruncle instead.

  136. We had icysnowslushmaggedon last year. It’s now a local Foursquare Check-in.

  137. Erin says:

    Complisult……an insult disguised as a compliment.

  138. Teresa says:

    When I am really annoyed I like to say STON’T!! Stop it and Don’t!! Pretty much says it all! lol

  139. Eileen says:

    I could see that one catching on. Fump!

  140. Wow! That’s actually really great logic.

  141. Dana Lewis says:

    kittens are mewborns in our house.

  142. Dawn says:

    My daughter calls hand sanitizer “hanitizer”.

  143. stacie says:

    When getting ready for preschool, my daughter must put on her back-back. I mean, it does go on your back after all.

    Another funny one ia “ear-sight”. If someone can’t hear its because they dont have very good ear-sight.

  144. Dawn says:


  145. My brother and I used to declare “Moregone!” whenever we wanted more because we ate it all (gone).

  146. Sapphyre_au says:

    I invented ‘automagically’

    As in, when the toast is ready, it automagically pops up! Or, the computer will shut down automagically when the download is finished.

  147. Stephanie M says:

    I heard this at a conference recently: auto-magically.

  148. oooh I’m so glad you asked so I could share mine with you! Ok, the other day I came up with this one:


    Super gross, I know. And one of my favorites is this one:

    Severious. I use that one a lot.

    I love your stories!

  149. sandra says:

    Out of curiousity, in what social situation does Pilgrim underwear come up? ๐Ÿ™‚

  150. Melissa says:

    We use “hangry” for that lovely time of day before meals when the kids are grumpy because they’re hungry. So, a combination of hungry and angry has become hangry.

  151. Elaine says:

    My son says I’m “bree-full-o” instead of beautiful. How can I correct THAT?!? If he’s 23 and still calling me that, my heart will just burst.

  152. Mia says:

    We have the odd poo-nami (tsunami and poo) around here…

  153. Tracy Poff says:

    One more – she just said it – “Smarshmallows” = smashed marshmallows. I think I prefer it.

  154. Courtney says:

    We use pootastrophe for those ๐Ÿ™‚

  155. rachel says:

    i was wondering the same thing.

  156. Amber Dusick says:

    That is a good one! I could see that getting used often around here.

  157. Amber Dusick says:

    Ha! Complisult given to you by frenemies?

  158. Amber Dusick says:

    That is a great word.

  159. Nicole says:

    My daughter says ‘benext’ (combo of besides and next). Usage: “come sit benext to me!”

  160. Amber Dusick says:

    Shitastrophe is also pretty good. A friend of mine said that recently!

  161. Amber F. says:

    My husband is convinced that ceramic ramekins are “ceramekins” (or should it be spelled ceramikins?).

  162. Amanda says:

    LOL, when my son was 2-3 we had both a piano and our computer in eh same corner of the living room When he waned to describe where something was, he would say, “by the compano”!! For the longest time after that, even after we moved the piano, he still called both the computer and the piano the “compano.” Genius, I tell you!

  163. stephanie says:

    I don’t have kids. But my dog does stop to check his pee-mail every few minutes during our walk.

  164. Cheryl says:

    My daughter coined the word “holdy-pater” when she was three and I can hardly even think of the correct word now when speaking to an adult. (She’s 6 and a half). The real words are “ponytail holder”. But not in our house. You can never find a holdy-pater when you need one!

  165. JP says:

    My husband accidentally used the word “flumtuous” which I decided means voluptuous and frumpy. It is now our ongoing joke.
    My mom uses “crap-o-lanche” to describe the accidental knocking-over of her clutter pile.
    My kids use “fantabulous” which I love.

  166. Jenene says:

    In high school, we would frequently use the word “stummy”, a combination of stomach and tummy.

    My friend’s younger brother used to say “fremember”, which is funny because it’s a combination of forget and remember. I don’t know in what context you could use it, because they have opposite meanings!

  167. Julie says:

    My daughter calls instructions, “constructions”. Like today, I bought her a lunchables nacho meal and she wanted me to tell her if it needed to be heated up because she couldn’t read the constructions. LOL Too cute to correct her!

  168. Sandy W. says:

    My son says “Uh-oh Mama, I plogged the toilet” (plugged and clogged combined). And yes, he does this frequently with random objects.

  169. Angela Garrison says:

    I have three that I use most often (as a 43 year old woman) and they are fantabulous, ginormous and crapola. The first two have been said but the last, crapola is the combo of crap and shinola as in “He doesn’t know shit from shinola!

  170. kerin says:

    we refer to our close family/friends by a merged couple name (and we did this long before “Brangelina”)

    We have Jerry (for Jen & Gary), Jamie (for Jason and Amy)…It saves time and prevents accidental title mix-ups while mid-stream in a 50 mph conversation with kids who never stop asking questions! I’ve said, “Uncle Jen and Aunt Gary” more times than I can count…so now it’s just “Jerry” are coming over for dinner.

    Now if I could just figure out how to merge the kids’ names so I can call all of them to the dinner table at once! It would be something like Ka-tr-ev-i. Oooh…that’s a good one!

    Other than that, I’m a huge fan of craptastic (obviously can’t take credit for that one) and “stupidvising”, which refers to an invidual doing a less-than-satisfactory job of supervising a project being completed by someone who could completely manage the project all by themselves. (e.g. assembly of some simple child’s toy) This one comes up frequently since both hubby and I seem to think we’re really good at managing everything, but we’re really not!

  171. YUP! Maddie uses that one too!

  172. AngieB says:

    My son calls roosters “COCK-A-ROOS” which is a combination of cock-a-doodle doo and rooster, so technically accurate. And my bf just posted on fb yesterday that her son said “fearious” when describing the dragon in the basement which is both fearsome and furious. Love kid-isms!

  173. rachel says:

    my brother’s grandma was grandma angie, and when he was young, it came out “grangie”, and everyone still refers to her as that!

  174. says:

    Well…it’s a bit crass, but my husband and I smoosh words together with the F-bomb all the time. Like the classic “fugly,” but we broaden it to everything imaginable. As in, “Oh my god, I’m sweating; it’s so fot.” And, “Ew, that is so gross; it’s fasty.” It’s so fonvenient for hiding our sailor mouths from the kids. ๐Ÿ™‚

  175. Herbwifemama says:

    My kids don’t do that all that much, but my older girl would come up with the most creative names for her stuffed animals. She had a reindeer she called “Dashaway”. That’s t he only one I remember atm.

  176. rachel says:

    crap-o-lanche is perfect!

  177. rachel says:

    my younger two (6 and 4) are opposite. we have an “instruction site” down the street where they are putting in a new building.

  178. Letitia says:

    We live in Washington state, and since my parents go to Arizona before Thanksgiving, we celebrated “Thank-a-ween” (before t-day and after halloween) a few times.

  179. Becky N says:

    used by our family to describe children (and adults) who get grumpy and/or throw fits as they get hungry, and then act perfectly fine as soon as they’ve eaten.

    Not quite the same thing, but too cute not to share: my 3yo always says “willn’t” instead of “won’t”. Confusing, if you’re not listening carefully (“Don’t hit your brother anymore!” “Okay, I willn’t.”), but super cute. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  180. Lara says:

    I was going to say hanitizer! My 5 year old says that.

  181. ammie says:

    We have a closet that we turned into an office. I call it the cloffice. My husband hates it when I do it too.

  182. Lisa says:

    When my toddler son needed a name for his grandfather (who had all his other grandchildren call him by his first name), we tried to teach him Grandpa Bob. At 16, his still calls him Bopp.

  183. amy says:

    A friend of mine uses the term “HANGRY” to describe how his wife gets when she is hungry/tired/grumpy/angry past meal times.

  184. My favorite is craptastic, as applied to anything that is fantastically crappy. I use it all the time, and now so does my 2 year old (oops!). Although, I’m sure that it, too, is in the urban dictionary, as I know I got it from somewhere.

  185. Ahh we used to have portmanteau-offs in college ๐Ÿ™‚ We also love spoonerisms. Or spove loonerisms.


  186. Rosie McEwin says:

    This brings back sniglets!
    I loved anticiparcellation (looking forward to having a package delivered)
    expandeloping (blowing open an envelope)
    genderplex (when you can’t figure out the restrooms in a theme restaurant)

  187. jessi says:

    my daughter who’s 2 and a half says “forleft”, combining forgot and left , as in “Mama, I forleft my baby at home” it cracks me up and melt my heart every time.

  188. Amber Dusick says:

    Sniglets!!! My husband had a Sniglet book (Rich Hall) and I totally forgot about it, we love those!

  189. Barb Paa says:

    My daughter and husband have one for my “crumpy” (grumpy..need my coffee)
    Also my daughter “hangry” (angry and needs to eat) ๐Ÿ™‚ Just our little way of making light when we are in a bad mood:)

  190. Amber Dusick says:

    Oh, “forleft” is heart melting.

  191. Michelle S says:

    My 4 year old uses ‘hanitizer!

  192. Michelle S says:

    My 4 year old told me that my red heels make her look ‘cuteiful’ (Cute & Beautiful)

  193. meganleiann says:

    We have airtrain!

  194. Amanda Reed says:

    I once asked my husband if I was a dork and he replied, “You’re adorkable”. I love him

  195. Lara says:

    We have “destructionsโ€œ instead of instructions, and “destruct” instead of construct. “Hanitizer” as some others mentioned. “Flutterby”, but I think that came from a movie.

  196. Betty says:

    My older son would refer to his “earbrow,” and my little one just stopped saying “applepus” for octopus. It’s so sad when they start saying the words right!

  197. Erin B says:

    Comote = remote control (she’s two)

  198. Michelle Z says:

    My son started calling hand sanitizer “hanitizer” when he was younger… so we all call it that now

  199. Pips says:

    Oh I like – it had copterplane in our house for a Helicopter

  200. Paula says:

    My son coined “Hanitizer,” for Hand Sanitizer. It really is easier. 5 years later, we still use it regularly.

  201. Rebekah says:

    Snackers! Snacks that are crackers ๐Ÿ™‚ Coined by my 2.5-year-old daughter.

  202. Bridget says:

    My daughter says “amn’t.” No, Mom, I amn’t.

  203. says:

    My 3yo says muffcakes – a mixture of cupcakes and muffins – now everything is just called muffcakes !

  204. Katie says:

    Ponycorn. (unicorn pony)

  205. Niki says:

    My daughter is both funtastic and fantabulous!

  206. adri says:

    We call those poona
    mi (poo +tsunami) you get the picture ๐Ÿ™‚

  207. Christine says:

    When my little dude was younger he used to complain if he banged his ‘armbow’. I’ve also justed added ‘behindaneath’ to my vocab! ๐Ÿ™‚

  208. Sara says:

    When I was little, my dad let me eat something chocolatey right before bed. I had to make sure our sneaky secret was safe from mom so I coined the word ” snecret” which we still use today!

  209. karina says:

    we have “Doovalackeys” for anything you dont know the name of or cant think of…. ” wheres my doovalackey?” can mean a thousand things but most women know exactly which thing you are looking for ๐Ÿ™‚

    My daughter says “Im so FRAPPY!!” which means shes freakin happy because I told her she couldnt use the word freakin ๐Ÿ˜‰
    we also have “sporks” ( when no one can be both to say spoon and fork together, otherwise known as “splades”)

  210. Geri says:

    My three and a half year old currently says “amn’t” on a regular basis. As in, “I amn’t ready to get out of the bath yet.”

  211. Geri says:

    I just posted the exact same thing, also from my 3 year old.

  212. Geri says:

    Sorry, wrong place.

  213. Coleen says:

    My daughter’s preschool had a visitor who talked to them about taking care of their teeth: “a gentle hy-dentist”. Doesn’t matter how many times I said “dental hygienist”, she keeps saying “gentle hy-dentist”

  214. Becky F says:

    Thungry had just been added to the family dictionary! I LOVE IT!

  215. KayD says:

    Does it count when you smoosh all the kids names together, when your mind can’t sort out which one you’re speaking to fast enough? Our girls Alice and Riley are now known as Ralice and Al-rye.

  216. Sara says:

    We used the word “boop” at my house. While potty training my oldest, we couldn’t decided one what potty word we wanted to use for #2. I was joking and tried to say “boo-boo” or “poop” but it came out boop. Of course after three boys everyone just says, “I gotta take a crap”. Awesome.

  217. Marianna says:

    You should definitely look for this book at the library, you’ll love it and so will Crappy Boy…

    Cock-a-Doodle Moo!: A Mixed-Up Menagerie
    by Keith DuQuette , Keith DuQuette (Illustrator)

  218. Debbie says:


  219. Julie says:

    A poorly illustrated crocodile, or maybe it’s and alligator?, was described by my son as a “crocogator”.

  220. Bekki says:

    My favorite word of 2010 was “funkalicious.” We were house hunting and our price range included houses from the 50s and 60s. Lots of funkaliciousness. But I also just remembered one, thanks to your blog here… blogasm. The joy and laughter of like-minded kindred spirits causes a blogasm.

  221. melissa says:

    my niece is adopted and she refers to her birth mother as her brother! We love it!

  222. Nicole says:

    My husband does this all the time,(he is mildly dyslexic). My current favourite is referring to a road he was driving on, it was “wendy & bindy” = “bendy & wind-y”. I still giggle.

  223. Allie says:

    My 4 year old daughter still calls the card game ‘remembery’ (supposed to be Memory). When I explained to her the meaning behind ‘Brunch’, she declared that she wanted ‘Lupper’ instead.

  224. Is ginormous NOT a word?? I use it all the time…Never actually thought about it..LOL!

  225. Shannon says:

    My daughter used to say thing were deheshing when something was really tasty. I was so sad when she stopped combining the two.

  226. Evie says:

    To-morning and to-later. ๐Ÿ™‚

  227. All the first graders at my school call hand sanitizer “hanitizer”.

  228. Its kind of a word. Technically its British soldier slang from WWII. But I mostly associate it with Buddy the Elf.

  229. Nicole says:

    We live in Pasadena, CA. Our friend’s daughter when learning the Our Father prayer said “Forgive us our trespasadena”.

    We use pottytunity during potty training: offering the child the opportunity to use the potty. =)

    And when we don’t like something we say it’s stinktastic.

  230. The Suz says:

    Yes mine too!! It’s one thing I just don’t want to correct!

  231. Sara Haynes says:

    Sniggle. The kind of snuggle you get from a wiggly child.

  232. Ebony Hawkins says:

    my now 4 year old use to love things being “jumperiffic”. (when thingd were so terrific u had to jump) similar concept with the back door being “swingeriffic”.

  233. Di says:

    I call the motion after a night of cosmopolitans a cosmopoolitan (very classy, don’t you think?)…

  234. Simone Levelt says:

    ‘Muddles’ (from my 2 year old daughter…muddy puddles). And her favourite and mine is ‘Nokay’ (no…in a friendly way)

  235. Joanna says:

    My currently 5yo used to say “last early” to mean any time in the past… loved that one, so sad she does not do it anymore. I thought about using it many times!

    Last early I was reading this funny blog…

  236. Jessie says:

    we often have ‘poop-cidents’ (poop accidents) at this house… like earlier this afternoon on the way to Nama’s house (Grandma)

  237. shelly says:

    Yesternight – If you are a 5yr old, this is a more actuate way of referring to the evening part of yesterday. hehe

  238. John says:

    Everyone’s heard of brunch, but when we have a big meal in the middle of the afternoon to replace both lunch and supper, we call it “lupper”.

  239. Christy says:

    My daughter’s best were Crocagator (because who can really tell the difference anyway) and Bouncealine, a combo of trampoline and bouncy. She has since stop using crocagator and I was so sad lol

  240. Amy says:

    Well, a diaper that’s so bad the child requires a bath or shower afterwards is called an apoocalypse in our house.

    My older son also coined the phrase “lunch toast”. I have no idea why, but I was so sad the morning he decided to use the more conventional term, ‘french toast’.

  241. Madeleine says:

    Stolen from…I dunno where – but hangry for when you are hungry and cranky/angry. I

    Love “brillarious” from the early commenter.

    My 3 year old got confused – I told her to congratulate her dad on his “fellowship”. The next day I was talking about applying for her citizenship card. SHe said “no, I want a fellowboat like dad” . Not quite what you’re looking for but along the same lines…

  242. heather says:

    My 4yo daughter just asked me yesterday, if there was such a word as ‘yesternight’. ๐Ÿ™‚

  243. Amber Coates says:

    My son’s most memorable was “Dinosaurus” following a bout of reading far too many dino-related books when he was two… I found it hard to argue with his reasoning at the time.

  244. Corinne says:

    that is awesome. What a smartie pants you have

  245. heather says:

    I can’t claim credit for either of these, but since you asked:

    We did EC with my daughter (diaper-free, infant pottying, etc). Giving your baby an opportunity to use the potty when you think they need to go is a “potty-tunity”.

    Thanks to potty-tunities, we never had to use “poopsplosion” or “poopastrophe” or “crapalanche” or “poonami” — as funny as those are! ๐Ÿ™‚

    The other one that I love comes from a D&D-based webcomic. In one episode, the bad guy lich was just having all his nefarious plans fall into place in truly wondrous fashion. So he said “I think I just had an evilgasm.”

  246. Dorothy says:

    Our favorite word is “Shup!” said lovingly when someone needs to stop harassing us. It’s a lot nicer than the ‘shut up’ phrase lol and usually starts a round of “Shup!” “No, you shup!”. Adults only of course.

  247. K says:

    Your posts make me laugh every time, they remind me so much of my own kids!

  248. celest says:

    My 22 month old says “cucumburger” for cucumbers.
    She also once had a nightmare and woke up complaining of “crocogators” which was sort of sad and funny at the same time.

  249. Heather says:

    When my dog gathers a blanket into a pile for a bed, my husband and I call it “scruffling.” I think it’s a mix of “scratching” and “ruffling”? Not too sure…

  250. Di says:

    I also like poocrastinating – taking longer than necessary so as to buy some time.

  251. Di says:

    I also talk to myself.

  252. Heather says:

    I also got tongue-tied once trying to say “pronounce” and “annunciate” and came out with “pronounciate.” I still use that one.

  253. katie says:

    This is stretching the meaning of portmanteau a bit… but ….
    Shortly after receiving a small plush kitten that looked like the family pet, a cat named Earl, my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter said.. “Mommy this is ‘lower-case Earl’ ”

    I love your stories and drawings!!

  254. Heather says:

    I just spent the last five minutes laughing about this! I have a stitch in my side and I’ve got tears running down my face. Thank you for sharing!

  255. Amanda says:

    “Flustrated” – When you’re so frazzled you are both flustered and frustrated!

  256. DawnMichele says:

    When I was little and my Dad had an El Camino, I called it a “car truck” because it had a bed of a truck but looked like a car. Haha.

  257. Travis Seitler says:

    Like Julie above, my firstborn (now 8yo) used to say “yestermorning” (yesterday morning).

    Beyond that, she was also big on “lapkin” (because your NAPKIN goes on your LAP).

  258. ls says:

    My kids call each other meaniacs. I think it’s can be quite fitting.

  259. Fee says:

    Teaching our son to catch a ball recently, my husband was saying things like “ALMOST” and “SO CLOSE”. Our son ended up calling out “SO MOST” every time he almost caught one. Cracked us up!

  260. Jocelyn says:

    I heard a kid refer to something gross as “icksgusting!!”

    I love that one ๐Ÿ™‚

  261. says:

    My son calls his…ahemm…private part his “weenis” And I sometimes think of correcting him to use the proper term, weenis is just too cute!

  262. Melinda says:

    My 3 yr old says “ascared” for afraid and scared…and everything ascares her from brushing her teeth to changing her diaper to eating breakfast to putting on her jammies…everything she doesn’t want to do!

  263. Melanie says:

    When my daughter was three, we walked into the mall after all the Christmas decorations had been hung and she said in a voice filled with wonder, “Mommy, look at all the Christmas recatations!” I don’t know what the combining word with “decorations” was but it was dang cute and still is 13 years later!

    Another one around the same age was, “Mommy, it’s froggy outside!” one foggy morning. Again, not sure of the combining word (frosty?) but froggy also stands the test of time in its cuteness quotient.

  264. Katie says:

    My three year old thinks that the sky and flowers are prettiful

  265. Katie says:

    Really?!? That’s awesome!

  266. Melanie says:

    According to my oh-so-wise, all-knowing 16-year-old daughter, a “weenis” is the loose skin on one’s elbow… I think it’s just an excuse to say a word that sounds like the actual word without actually saying the word. Kind of like when I was a kid and we played the game where you have to make every word start with the letter “F” and all of a sudden everyone has a great interest in ducks…

  267. my 3yr old son does this all the time too! My favorite is his name for me… “MomBry” (hybrid of Mom and Bryan (husband’s name). Yep, mommy does it all around here!

    Another one is “octobus” a bus with 8 wheels.

  268. Robyn says:

    My boys come up with these kinds of words often but I can only think of my youngest’s: Mease (me please) and my own: exaborate (to explain and elaborate.)

  269. Rebecca Troxel says:

    My toddler called underwear “pantywear”. Awww!

  270. stardustdawn says:

    my daughter says she “has a stummy ache”

    my stepson called mud puddles “muddles”

  271. Michelle says:

    My kids say “rainbrella” for umbrella, “jumpaline” for trampoline and “eyescara” for mascara. What’s awesome is when the words beecome so often used in the family, that you forget and use them with unsuspecting other people who look at you like a total freak when you something like, “I wish I had my rainbrella. My eyescara is running.”

  272. CB says:

    Definitely a user of “ginormous.” I forget that it’s not a real word.

  273. Melanie says:

    Man, I wish there was a “like” button on these things… “adorkable”… how freakin’ cute is that?!

  274. dizzymama says:

    wongo as is “want to go?” stolen from college friends

  275. Kris says:

    My daughter used to dance around the house pretending to be a ballerina when she was 3 and called it her “Balance” with the accent on lance. When her 8 year old brother was asked if she was cute, he said “Oh yeah, Spaztastic” !!!

  276. Kim says:

    My 3 year old nephew says “yester-year” for anything that happened a long time ago….like last year.

  277. Melissa says:

    When he was two, my son used to complain that he had a “stummy ache.” And he would ask if we could do something the way we did it “yestertime.”

  278. Kasi Ann Peters says:

    My son says “my Kidknee” hurts and thinks it’s hysterical. He also runs around without any clothes on and says “I’m NaKID” Not quite the same, but sorta close I guess…

  279. melissa says:

    I’ve always loved saying *huggle*, you know, like hug + cuddle. After having a newborn, I came up w/ *foop*–here’s a hint, it’s related to shart. . .

  280. Laura!! says:

    my mom made up Farkle when i was a kid (fart and heckle) and it was dual-purpose…either you had farted and someone was heckling you, or you were the heckler. then it turned into the word we used for an especially funny sounding one, and now my 3 year old announces “mommy, i farkled. scoose me!” i know it’s crude, but still funny to me, hearing her say it. little kids seem to have no idea what’s appropriate at what times, and mine is the worst for announcing any bodily function that happens. oh, and the Burp-up…when you hiccup and then it turns into a little burp…

  281. Kim R says:

    When we were first married I was trying to tell my husband he was being tricky and/or sneaky and accidentally blurted out “you are so treaky!” – it has stuck with me for years and still gets used around our house ๐Ÿ™‚

  282. bajeckabean says:

    My DD (4) likes to say “lasterday” and “yesternoon” to essentially mean “anytime before now.”

    She comes up with a ton, but I can’t keep track and poof she grows out of them.

    One that I use pretty regularly is “caketastrophe” any time I have a baking failure.

  283. bajeckabean says:

    Oh yeah, and porcupines are “pokey-pines” in our house. I think it is quite apt, so we use it.

  284. Kris says:

    Distructions. Directions and instructions…”let’s read the distructions!” before he could read ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I like the latest trendy word “adorkable” ๐Ÿ™‚

  285. Atara says:

    my son called milk “goop” for a long time. He called a stack of blocks a “pumoo”

  286. Amanda McClure says:

    I’m so excited that someone other than me (and my son) knows what a port-man-teau is!!! Our favorites are anything ending in “tastrophe” like if tea is spilt it’s a teatastrophe, or in the case of a major pooty accident a pooptastrophe. We also especially love flyger for flying booger, and a snough for a simultaneous sneeze and cough. My favorite, I guess is technically a compound word, is Mommydaddy, as in “Is it ok if I go outside to play mommydaddy?”

  287. Leigh says:

    A big one in our house is a huggle. It covers the base for hugs, cuddles and snuggles.

  288. Heather B says:

    They may have the freedom, but exhaustion has kept my use of the language very free. I accidentally make up words all the time ๐Ÿ™‚

  289. Kate says:

    Pilgrim underwear appears in the book Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth by E. L. Konigsburg. I don’t know if that’s what inspired “pilwear” though.

  290. Camilla says:

    I’ve made some little herb gardens to give as Christmas gifts but the parsley wasn’t growing in very well. Yesterday I said to my son “It’s more like sparsley” but since he’s only 16-months-old he really didn’t get it. I was kinda disappointed there was no one to laugh with me.

  291. Tiffany Long says:

    I always like to say “my stummy hurts”. Stomach and Tummy!

  292. Krista says:

    My favorite is craptastic. A hybrid of crappy and fantastic… because sometimes things are so crappy and bad that it is amazing thus craptastic. Now my cousing and I try to use it all the time when we leave each other comments on facebook because we are so hilarous and mature in our mid thirties ๐Ÿ™‚

  293. Ruth says:

    Sogging, for when it’s between foggy and raining… That might only suitable for the British climate though


  294. Kristin says:

    Fantabulous is one of my faves. The rest are variations on cuss words. ๐Ÿ˜›

  295. Laure says:

    wiapers. diapers+wipes, as in “Honey, can you get some wiapers when you go to the grocery store?”

  296. Amy says:

    Just remembered another: My 3 year old son and his cousin both decided separately that they like to go play at “Old McDonalds” — which is the fun land play thing at McDonald’s.

  297. Amy says:

    Oh, and my son still will NOT try a hambooger, as much as we’ve tried to get him to try an hamburger. Can you blame him?

  298. Kimberly says:

    Slutacious! I made this up when my girlfriends and I used to go to the clubs long ago. We would point out the “ladies” who were looking way too slutty! “She is looking mighty slutacious tonight!”

  299. Joan says:

    I always say crockagator, because I don’t know the difference between a crocadile and aligator.

  300. Julia says:

    my sister uses “exhaustipated” (not sure if that is exhausted and constipated, or just really exhausted…)
    one of my clients once said “emergent” (an urgent emergency)
    my family has been sayin “ginormous” (Gigantic and enormous) for years.
    and when we were little we used to say “sickitating” (sickening and disgusting)

  301. Amy says:

    My son takes bowers (has the plug in the tub and the shower running, so it’s half bath, half shower)

  302. Ashley says:

    Working in an office with mainly women, I accidentally coined “Juicip” Juice + Gossip, from running around saying “OMG, Gimme the Juice” or “Whats todays Gossip”, and then one day I couldn’t decide which term to use, so I said “Juicip”

  303. Sara Maria Finley says:

    I have 6 siblings and whenever we’re hungry we always would/will say “I’m starfishes!!!” Which is a mix between starving and famished.

  304. Julia says:

    p.s. – love your blog! it is fantabulous! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  305. D says:

    This is a fantastic post! A few years ago, my friend’s 4th grader called hand sanitizer “handitizer.” I still use that word today!

  306. annie says:

    set…mark…Go (ready, Set, go), Concharge (control and in charge) I am in concharge of the remote!

  307. says:

    I say Fantastical, Fantabulous. But I do a daycare and do quirky words with the kids. My son say blillow, thats pillow & blanket for when he’s sleepy. (he’s almost 3)

  308. Alexis says:

    My very favorite was when my son would call us collectively, Mamadaddy.

  309. Pouty says:

    we used to have ass-plosions. you know, for when the diaper blew out & major clean-up was required. thankful for a potty trained child ๐Ÿ˜€

  310. Huggle: to hug and snuggle. My favorite activity.

  311. Sara says:

    Did you know that’s what the skin on your elbow is really called? Random but true!

  312. Nina says:

    As an English teacher, portmanteau lover, and general language geek, I really enjoyed this post!

    There is a Bugs Bunny episode where Bugs gets a magic wand (I think) and starts doing magic by saying “Abracadabra” and “Hocus Pocus.” Then, he starts saying things like “Abracapocus” and “Pocuscadabra,” and things start to get really weird. It was always one of my favorites!

    It seems that portmanteau words have come into vogue in the last few years, with the popularity of words like “staycation” and “frenemy” and “ginormous.”

    But that’s getting off the subject. ๐Ÿ™‚ My daughter isn’t quite two yet, so she hasn’t come up with many portmanteaus. Which is probably why I’m rambling about other stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great post!

  313. Sara says:

    Also, I should have read Melanie’s comment. Weenis gets used all the time around here along with the first letter game. My kids like the word bucket with an “f” instead of a “b”

  314. melissa says:

    My oldest (9yo) used to say something about ‘detations’. I have still not figured out what it means. Invitations..well, it didn’t LOOK like she was inviting anyone to anything… could she…no. We’ll probably never no.

    also for Christmas one year she asked for ‘eesosebally’ and it took three weeks to figure out she was asking for ‘Each Sold Separately’. Luckily, we figured it out in time to get her the requested gift ๐Ÿ™‚

  315. CC says:

    Our word for our boob addicted toddler is the boother because that is exactly what he uses it for.

  316. Karli says:

    Oh wow… I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for that one!

  317. RejoicedOver says:

    We say that too!!

  318. RejoicedOver says:

    THAT is hilarious!

  319. RejoicedOver says:

    My nephew used to call them flutterflies

  320. Elan says:

    my favorite was when I first started teaching. I had also just entered some pictures in my first contest and my friend was asking why I hadn’t checked on how they had done yet, but it was the first week of school, of my first year. Not sure what combination of words it is exactly, but it works, I still use it…school had “overshattered” everything else in my life at that point. love your blog!

  321. Meredith says:

    Our daughter used to say she was playing
    “Hide and Go Peek-a-Boo”

  322. Nicole says:

    At my sons long ago play dates, we used to tell the kids to “Ask an adult”. My son for the longest time thought all grown ups were “anadults”. Not quite the same, but it made us laugh the first time he used it and we were clueless to what an “anadult” was. Love your blog, makes me laugh so hard sometimes my coworkers look at me sideways.

  323. Natasha says:

    We use “Fat-tastic” all the time, to describe something particularly tasty, but not necessarily good for you. Like Krispy Kreme bacon cheeseburgers, or deep fried Pop Tarts. Most anything you eat at a fair would be “fat-tastic”.

  324. butterflycry says:


  325. Anonymous says:

    My 3 year old said: “I’m delorius!” when she was deliriously tired and laughing too hard.

  326. Anna Elledge says:

    My daughter calls hand sanitizer “hanitizer”. Makes me laugh everytime!!

  327. jenapher says:

    We’ve coined a lot of terms in our graphic design company. When we’re adding an effect in photoshop, it happens ‘automagically’. When talking about bifold brochures, there’s only one interior, but when talking about a booklet with 3 different interior layouts, you have your frontierior, centerior, and rearterior. When a design concept is good but needs a more professional polish, you need to businify it. When a particular asset needs more dimension of color AND a color change, v+last sylable of color, like ‘make this vurple’ means varigated purple. When there’s too much content on a layout, but the client won’t let us cut anything, you have to Houdini it all in there.

  328. mine used to say “geh-hill-kers” for vehicles, movie “con-fay-tor” for theatre, and still says “shirtles” (like turtles with an sh) for shoulders, which is my favorite.

  329. Beth says:

    A word I tend to use often is: fantabulous. A combination of fantastic and fabulous! ๐Ÿ™‚

  330. Jennifer says:

    We use stummy ache – stomach + tummy

  331. Kim Q says:

    My daughter also used hanitizer. I miss hanitizer.

  332. Stephanie says:

    My daughter uses “hanitizer”! So cute! She says it cuz she has no patience for hand sanitizer. Too many syllables!

  333. Lisa says:

    Poopacalypse! Really like poonami tho, thanks!

  334. Misty says:

    Right?! When my 5 year old is flustering me, I’m known to say,”Stopitoff!” Mixing stop it and knock it off.

  335. Lisa says:

    We have a winner…

  336. Misty says:

    HA! Love it! People just need to chill. When someone says Merry Christmas or Happy Whatever-they-celebrate, they’re BEING FRIENDLY. If friendliness offends you, stay home! LOL

  337. Misty says:


  338. Stephanie says:

    My husband describes angry women as mangry becuz he assumes they’re usually mad at a man lol.

  339. Misty says:

    My daughter just says tomatoes for anything she doesn’t like, since they are the ultimate enemy. Nevermind that she LOVES what I call “mater” soup, which is, in fact, what I call tomato soup. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  340. Misty says:

    Ha!! My 22 month old does the same!! XD

  341. Misty says:

    Aw! I forgot that one! My 5 year old used to say that one!

  342. Misty says:

    HAHAHAHAHA!! I love that one!! Describes our dining room carpet PERFECTLY. (Dining room carpet is STUPID.)

  343. Misty says:

    I LOVE that! That’s my hubby when he gets home from night shift. Or me after so much as LOOKING hard at a drink these days. XD

  344. Misty says:

    Me too!!

  345. Misty says:

    LMAO! My mom always mixed my sis, Daphne’s name, with mine, Misty and called me Damisty! Sounded like she was cussing at me! Now she mixes me with my little sister, Maria, and calls me Mystery! Lol

  346. Misty says:

    LMAO! My mind is spitting out BAD uses for that one!! Love it!!

  347. Misty says:

    Seriously!! Boys do NOT know how to search! And they’re the ones who completely disorganucked-up the contents in the first place!! (See what I did there?;)

  348. Misty says:

    Lol, that’s what my 5 year old says instead of spork. She just thinks it’s funnier.

  349. Misty says:

    Precious! My 5 year old still says froggy! I love it!

  350. rachellynne says:

    Mommywear = Mommy’s Underwear.

    My 2 year old came up with that last night. I was getting stuff ready to take a shower and my 2 year old wanted me to hold him just as I was about to dig through the dryer for some underwear. I told him to hold on a second because Mommy was getting some underwear. When I pulled a pair out, he pointed and said “That’s mommywear.”

  351. Misty says:


  352. Deb says:

    Well, my daughter wondered why a gynecologist isn’t called a vaginacologist, and now that is how we refer to that particular doctor.

  353. Jill R. says:

    My cousin is brilliant at these — he doesn’t even know he’s doing it! My favorite is “resiments” — a combination of residue and remnants. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also “newity” (newness/novelty). As in “They weren’t even interested in that toy once the newity wore off.”

  354. Misty says:

    Oh man, I laughed until I cried for this one! Thanks! Unintentional swears get me everytime. I have to leave the room when it’s my kids so the hubby can fix it. Lol

  355. Lesa says:

    One of my favorite words that my son came up with is “scrumble”, said in the contect of “Lift up the couch a little so I can scrumble under there to get my toy.” I’m not sure exactly what words he’s blending (scramble and crawl maybe), but it makes a great discription for when you’re trying to get under something quickly.

  356. melanie says:

    When someone has put you through an ordeal and they really owe you some comfort…or some form of “payback”, that would be:


  357. pip says:

    My son loves his bottle of bubble mixture that is Dora branded, which he calls ‘dorabubble’. We have taken this up and he is now often called ‘Adorabubble’

  358. Holly Baxley says:

    When my son was little and we’d pray at night – he prayed for God to take care of the ‘Christian-aries’ (A combo of Christian and Missionary). It was my favoritist word. ๐Ÿ™‚

  359. valleygirl says:

    We have hanitizer over here too with my almost 5 year old. LOVE IT. We also had the present tense of “behaving” flipped to “Mommy am I BEING have?” LOL

  360. Andrea says:

    Ummm….you might have to pay royalties to Warner Brothers for stealing abra-ca-pocus. :~> I know this because we just recently watched the Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck Halloween special Transylvania 6-5000 (one of my all-time-faves) with our 6yr old son. He was giggling (GIGGLING!) every time Bugs interchanged abracadabra and hocus pocus to turn the witch/bat into assorted variations of the two.
    Start @ 3:20
    Abracapocus comes in at 5:50.

  361. PartlySunny says:

    My daughter used to say “gisgusting” for disgusting, but I always wondered if it was a weird combo of disgusting and gross.

    And may I just take this opportunity to publicly denounce “awesomesauce”? What is that? Why? Why?

  362. Kelly K says:

    We use poonami too ๐Ÿ™‚

  363. Junie says:

    My then 5 yr old son use to say “crocagator” for crocadille and alligator! I thought it was brilliant so some 3 years later I am still using it!

  364. Jennifer L says:

    Years ago my step-sister tried to say retarded and stupid at the same time (not PC, I know) to convey how ridiculously insane something was… hence retupid!

    We still use retupid to this day ๐Ÿ™‚

  365. Andrea says:

    My son used to say callapitter all the time – one of his favorite stuffed animals. Also used to say topher = surfer, butterball = convertible, gabymoly = ravioli (NOT guacamole as I suspected), ife preem = ice cream, I-pa down = upside down.

  366. Mindy says:

    I think, “blamage.” ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s got Blame! It’s got Age! It’s got Damage (of our creativity)!

  367. elina says:

    My terribe mommy moments often result in, “your driving me fff-nuts!” or ff-crazy. Does that count?

  368. Janette says:

    You can’t forget “Crap-tastic”! My hubby has been saying that for YEARS. I don’t know if he mixed the 2 words himself or if it was from a movie or TV show. Your blog is crapTAStic! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Can you tell I’m giddy from my Dr. Pepper while 4yr old is taking a nap? That’s right, no one asking for a sip every 5 seconds. And he never gets any, just asks over & over & over… This baby is ALL mine! ๐Ÿ˜€

  369. Dee says:

    My son would refer to “last night” as “yesternight”…as in, the period of time which follows “yesterday”.

  370. I don’t know if this counts but I used to write noyone, as in no one as in the opposite spelling of anyone.

  371. Alicia says:

    First, I have a degree in linguistics, so was excited to see the topic of the post!

    Last weekend we were visiting with family and my sister-in-law put my son’s fedora on my 7-month-old daughter’s head. I declared her to be “fedora-ble”.

  372. Liz in Aus says:

    My then 4 year old used to say her (then 2 year old) brother was “ignoying” her. I think she was getting annoyed by him ignoring her.

  373. Misty says:

    LOL, I’ve always done the same and, after years of me referring to my hubbies undies as panties, he jokingly does, too! My 5 year old overheard it and laughed her head off. She now teases that her dad wears panties! LMAO, I can’t wait until that comes out in front of company!

  374. Misty says:

    Lol, that one is an actual word! “1. arousing feelings of disgust (a vomitous ending)
    2. relating or connected to feeling or being sick (a vomitous night on the town)”

  375. Misty says:

    LMAO!! LOVE IT!!! My hubby says he’ll use that one now. XD

  376. Misty says:

    Oh, seriously. I’ll be using that daily. Everything my kids touch magipears. LOL

  377. Andrea says:

    oops…wrong place..

  378. Misty says:

    LOL, My anoising girl calls it a freezerator, too!

  379. Andrea says:

    Here’s a link to the Bugs Bunny episode (Transylvania 6-5000) w/abracapocus…

    We just recently watched (one of my all-time-faves) with our 6yr old son. He was giggling (GIGGLING!) every time Bugs interchanged abracadabra and hocus pocus to turn the witch/bat into assorted variations of the two.
    Start @ 3:20
    Abracapocus comes in at 5:50.

  380. Naomi says:

    Or frue. worse and worse.

  381. natalie says:

    We have pup for pick me up. Not really a made up word as such, but my 2 year old still says gapar for thank you. It stems from when we used to say ‘what do you say?’ To him. If he made any sort of sound in the early days, we said ‘good boy’. We have a suspicion that he thinks we were correcting him as gapar sounds remarkably like good boy.

  382. Misty says:

    Hahahahahaha!!! I just woke up the 22 month old and the 6 month old laughing andidontcare. That’s perfect. Brenna, my toddler, is on the verge of a shitastophe, as she’s learned recently to remove her clothes AND has decided she hates the feel of poop. I love this!!

  383. Quilter says:

    I’m not sure this is an amalgam, but it’s one of my faves… When my oldest son was about 4 or 5 I showed him how to draw a tulip by drawing a U and then putting a little V in the top of the U. When I stepped back in to look at his drawing he had several U’s with what looked like a mountain range drawn across the top of all of them. I said, “what are these?” He answered, those are those flowers you taught me to make. “Tulips?” I queried. He said “Yah, but mine are fourlips.”

  384. Naomi says:

    Us too!

  385. Misty says:

    Aren’t we usually? LMAO

  386. Misty says:

    I had a similar one when I was little. If I wanted daddy to serve me up a mountain of mashed potatoes, I’d ask for mountatoes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  387. Misty says:

    That sounds like a sexy blog! ROFL

  388. Misty says:

    ROFL, I think we all do that one!

  389. Misty says:

    Perfect! I’m copying this for the graunties we have!

  390. Naomi says:

    we use that too!

  391. Renae says:

    My 4 your old coined “gradulation” for his kindy graduation

  392. Misty says:

    Ha! Well played, Amber!

  393. Misty says:

    I love it! That’s abarfable!

  394. Misty says:

    Ha! I have a friend from Kenya who uses that one!

  395. Misty says:

    I have a crap-o-lanche every third step! Thanks for the word!!

  396. Misty says:

    LOL, My daughter says destructions instead of instructions. I think it’s perfect for my clumsy sweetie!

  397. Wendy says:

    I love these! My favorite word, which I like to think I came up with first, it Hormotional.

  398. Wendy says:

    I read this post last night and today while we were homeschooling my 9 year old was frustrated over spelling and said…”Ugh–Englage.” A cross between English and language.

  399. Gina says:

    My son, now 3, would exclaim things were “pretty-ful”. I liked it so much I started using it myself!

  400. Misty says:

    Hahaha, love it!

  401. Misty says:

    Oh yes! And penciventilation; blowing the dust off of a freshly shapened pencil!

  402. Misty says:

    I’m loving this thread!! I do this all the time, and it drives my husband nuts! Of course that makes it even more fun… I became inspired by the term “shart” like when you think you’re going to fart, but stuff comes out. Lol. I recently used “sharfing” because I had the stomach flu and stuff was coming out both ends. XD

  403. Wendy Rankin says:

    I read your post yesterday and just laughed hysterically. So when my frustrated 9 year old today during spelling grumbled…”Ugh…Englage” (a cross of English and Language) I immediately thought of you.

  404. Victoria says:

    When my son used to want to nurse he would say “MABA” instead of saying mama babas.

  405. Misty says:

    AW! Perfect!

  406. Misty says:

    Hahahahaha, You’re great!

  407. Misty says:

    Lol, we’ve been using shut up too much lately around the kiddos, albeit good-naturedly, and our almost 2 year old is saying shup now. Oy vey!

  408. Misty says:


  409. Misty says:

    Funny! That’s actually the name of the loose bit of skin at your elbow! Or so I’m told..

  410. Misty says:

    OH, derp. Should have read all the comments first. Lol

  411. Roxanne says:

    My son always says “tolater”, which is apparently a combo of tomorrow and later. He thinks it’s reasonable to put “to” in front of later, because you have “to”morrow, and “to”night. We cannot convince him otherwise ๐Ÿ™‚

  412. Misty says:

    Love it!!

  413. Misty says:

    Oh, it’s so Oregon, too! Love it!

  414. Misty says:

    I totally use that, too!

  415. Misty says:

    Love it!

  416. Misty says:


  417. shannon says:

    My second daughter used to say crocidator (a mix of crocodile and alligator) all the time. I miss her saying it actually.

  418. Misty says:

    Oh perfect! That’s my daughters’ favorite game! When my toddler hides to fill her pants, now that she’s aware, I call it hide and go poop.

  419. Misty says:

    Heck yes!! Anything with bacon is fatastic!!

  420. Misty says:

    LMAO, That’s what I call it, too!

  421. KiwiBunnz says:

    In New Zealand we say “Sweet as” a lot, so my friend decided he was going to be cool and start a new rage of saying “swaz”. It didn’t catch on… except for with our friends who use it a lot to take the piddle ๐Ÿ™‚

  422. Misty says:

    Lol, if it were my house, I’d assume it’s scrambling in the crumbs!! XD

  423. emily says:

    My favorite is from the movie “Kung Pow.” It combines Bad and Wrong. Badong.

  424. Bethany says:

    One of my favorites is ridonculous for cases where ridiculous just isn’t enough. My sister and I have been saying this forever…LONG before it ever came to be in the urban dictionary. We also use HYLARIOUS (pronounced HIGH-larious) – combo of hysterical and hilarious – ALL THE TIME. I could probably come up with a million more if I sat and thought about it, but most of our word blends are such a part of our everyday language that I fail to even pick up on the discrepancies from reality anymore.

  425. Sian says:

    I know this isn’t exactly a new word but I loved it when my daughter (4 at the time) gave me her definition of scrummy… “scrummy means more yummy than tasty”. ๐Ÿ™‚

  426. Heather says:

    When I eat something really good I like to say it gave me a mouthgasm ๐Ÿ˜‰

  427. Diana says:


  428. Bronwyn says:

    Restaurant, Sunday night, Dad takes crying child out of highchair to walk around with him a bit to try to calm him down. Mother shouts “bring him back – he’s just HANGRY!”. He sure was!

  429. Cass says:

    My daughter calls crickets “hopcrickets.” It’s pretty much the cutest thing ever.

  430. Misty says:

    That is PRECIOUS!!

  431. Misty says:

    I SO agree about awesome sauce!! That’s such a disturbing phrase! ><

  432. Misty says:

    LOVE IT!!

  433. Misty says:

    Sosososo PERFECT!!! rofl

  434. Sharon says:

    Snart is one of our favs…… That would be when you sneeze and fart at the same time. My daughter was Queen Snart till she was 2.

  435. Albree Smith says:

    We use hangry and slumpy. Hangry means hungry and angry and slumpy means sleepy and grumpy. One of the two usually describe at least one person in my house at all times.

  436. jules says:

    SERIOUSLY. why is there carpet in the dining room? (smh)

  437. jules says:

    my mom, too. she called me my brother’s name, cousin’s names, dog names before mine.

  438. Heather says:

    “Abra ca pocus” as well as “hocus cadabra” were both actually found on an OLD bugs bunny cartoon. They’re said in our house quite frequently. ๐Ÿ™‚

  439. Lauren says:

    We have assplosions here, too. Far too often for my taste.

  440. Kimi says:

    Remember + Memorizing = Rememberizing.. via my 9yo daughter.

  441. Meg says:

    My four year old always says hanitizer and now we all do too. It’s catchy!

  442. Erin says:

    I tell my kids to stop squiggling (squiggle and wiggle) all the time. Especially when I am attempting to lasso a pony tail on top of a head.

  443. nicola says:

    A favourite in our house, similar to thungry is “hangry” – the anger bought on by hunger. All the adults use it now too!

  444. Mel says:

    Of my boy’s boyisms, the one that has stuck for quite a while is: “I alreadied.” or, “I just alreadied.” Meaning, I already did that, or I just finished doing whatever you asked me to do. For instance:
    Me: “Go to the bathroom before we leave, please.”
    Boy: “I just alreadied.”

  445. Kelly K says:

    A friend of mine was really excited about snowboading for the first time and he said “This is totally MORESOME!” (mad+awesome) It has stuck with us.

  446. Kelly K says:

    Ha ha I call my daughter a squiggle squirt too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  447. MicheleP says:

    My daughter (now 10) turned all facial hair – mustache and beard, into ‘mushbeards’ – Mustaches, beards, gotees, soul patches – you name it. “Mommy, who’s that man over there with the mushbeard?”

  448. Jeannie says:

    My daughter calls the trampoline the jumpoline. Makes sense to me.

  449. D. says:

    I can’t believe that f**ktard is not on the list!! It describes so many people! No, my children do not know THAT word!

  450. elin says:

    I love ginormous. I use that one too. With an emphasis on GI-normous.

  451. Audrey says:

    I like Craptastic….not really kid friendly…but it could be a lot worse.

  452. Alicia C. says:

    Uh… we have one we use a lot. My oldest’s name is Justin and my stepson’s name is Jon. When they’re both outside and we want them home, or anytime we need both of them, we don’t take the time to holler both their names. We call for “Johnston”
    Lame, I know…

  453. KayD says:

    PorcuPine tree. “You know, Mommy, the kind that’s a Christmas tree.”

  454. bcIMthemommy says:

    My word is naughty it’s a combo of wh*re and b%*ch. When said together is sounds like a german side dish but it’s really what you call someone You. Really. Don’t. Like. ‘horb$#ch

  455. Joellejello says:

    My sister used to talk about things that happened ‘lasterday’

  456. Crystal says:

    So hilarious! I love your blog! My neice put Busted and Dead Meat together to tell her Papa he was Busted Meat! She is 14 now and she still says it!
    Also, she re-named my husband Babehoney, cuz he always calls me Babe, and I call him honey.

  457. Robyn says:

    We do fantabulous around here. Cross between fantastic and fabulous.

  458. Ashley says:

    My kids say “yestertime” instead of yesterday and of course this does not refer to the day before…this is actually any day they can remember in their existence! ๐Ÿ™‚

  459. Ashley says:

    I have a co-worker who uses “slore” which is a combo of slut and whore…I love it when she talks about her exes “dirty slores” so mean but always makes you smile!

  460. Danielle says:

    My son always asks for huggles. Hugs and Cuddles. Its so cute I don’t want to correct him.

  461. Angie says:

    Don’t feel bad. I do that too. ๐Ÿ™‚ I blame it on the five kids…it’s really not the kids, but hey, I am going to take whatever excuse I can get. ๐Ÿ™‚

  462. Lou says:

    One of my favourites is ‘misappeared’ when something had gone missing. kids are hilarious!

  463. I thought I came up with “Momsomnia,” but a quick Google search shows that about 12,000 people had the same idea long before I did. Appropriate, since about 12,000 generations of mothers probably had the condition long before I did.

  464. Kennedy says:

    Your kids are so cute

  465. Helen H says:

    So freakin true! I always suggest to my friends that we have “linner” when lunch is running late. I mean, why isn’t there the afternoon equivalent of brunch? Right?!

    Kid not speaking yet, but can’t wait! Although being married to a Japanese man provides NO END of hilarious mixed metaphors. Too many to remember. But always a good laugh. ; )

  466. Kj says:

    Huggles. Cross between hugs & cuddles. A very special kind of hug bedtime, often used for comfort after an “owie” too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  467. Di says:

    Thanks Misty – will have a Cosmopolitan and poocrastinate just for you! x

  468. Anita says:

    We just call those ‘Number 3s!”

  469. Oh I do love this blog!
    Me and my little one have a combo of Precious and Luscious that I use to describe him.
    Purshus – looks rubbish on the page but sounds nice. (Like Gollum)

    Totally stealing Thungry x

  470. Stephanie K. says:

    My four year old coined the term “snarted”…for when she sneezes and farts at the same time. She still doesn’t pronounce her “r’s” so it comes out as “snaowted”…hilarious!

  471. Holly says:

    This isn’t actually a combo, but it is pretty awesome. We’re just starting potty training with my 2 year old. She was in the bathtub and yelled that she had to poop. I quick put her on the potty and she peed instead and with a proud smile on her face she shouted “water poop!”

  472. Bethany says:

    Thought of another one that my MOTHER actually coined because she is constantly tripping over her words…
    “Are you on your MyFace right now?” Because in her mind, MySpace and Facebook are one.

  473. MrsBradley says:

    When my 2-year old gets up in the morning and scatters his toys across our living room floor – I refer to it as the Toynado.

  474. Amanda says:

    I will admit it was a VERY rare occurrence. Usually only happened in a very uncoordinated panic of fear of being the person to mess up rhythm. Most of the time I would have no idea how we did it ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish we would have record some sessions LOL

  475. Nikki says:

    We use “Wiimote” for the Wii Remote. I can’t take credit though, I read it in an “article” probably 2 years ago, but I have never called it a Wii Remote since! Plus Wiimote is way easier for my 4 year old to say!!

  476. Lida says:

    Let’s see:
    peepee-poopoo-potty (because you never know what will come out once you sit on it)
    piggy-toes (for bare feet)
    Seeping Bleauty
    I be sneak (when sneaking up on someone)
    Papa-lapa (calling for daddy when in dire need)

    I’m sure there are few others, just can’t think of any…
    I actually call my girls “twiblings”, stole it somewhere. Accurately describes them..

  477. Benjis Mum says:

    When I was a Nanny in the USA (I’m an Aussie), one of the boys commented that I was fat. The older, sensitive one said, “No she’s not!!! She’s ‘flabulous’!!!”… gee… thanks… (I still use it!!)

  478. Always Laughing says:

    These are so adorable! I especially like the abra ca pocus and smorse! (small horse)LOL!

    pcorse….of course

  479. suzanne says:

    In response to announcement or arrival of official divorce papers (or other mixed happy/sad events): ‘condolulations’
    From my cousin Ed.

  480. Lunner. WE have brunch, now we have lunner. And for good measure I tack on “insta-” to just about anything. Like when we made a baby… insta baby! OR bam, mommy made insta-dinner!

  481. suzanne says:

    Stuporvisor or stupirvisor are my variants

  482. Jen says:

    Tranky — a combo of tired and cranky. With 2 little ones, there’s a lot of tranky in this house, for both parents and kids! ๐Ÿ™‚

  483. suzanne says:

    Flutterby is a spoonerism.

  484. My almost 3-year-old says “crunchles” instead of crunchy pretzles, “Trayjoes” instead of Trader Joe’s, and “eyetacts” instead of contact lenses. ๐Ÿ™‚ My kids also say (as mentioned in previous comments) “hanitizer” for hand sanitizer. Love kidisms!!!

  485. suzanne says:

    When my daughter wants me to pretend to be a monster I am the Momster.

  486. Arctic_rose says:

    Stomach + Tummy = Stummy; my stummy hurts ๐Ÿ™

  487. Arctic_rose says:

    lol we have a similar one: Lupper. Lunch + Supper.

  488. Susan L says:

    we have escapeas (emphasis on the PEAS) for the ones that roll off the table.

  489. liz says:

    Guestimate – as in what is your best guestimate on the size of that sofa? (Guess and estimate).

  490. Eleanor says:

    My little sister used to shout GOFF when we tickled her or physically annoyed her in any other way (short for get off)

  491. Gwen says:

    Flusterbated… When you are flustering yourself (a friend of mine coined it years ago).

    Chatmosphere… When a place like a coffee shop has a nice atmosphere for chatting! I was so pleased with myself when I came up with that one! ๐Ÿ™‚

  492. Kris says:

    About 15 years ago, an old friend and I made up ‘spicirrific’ (spi-shee-rific) to combine spiffy, special and terrific. One of my current favorites is craptastic. I can’t take credit for it. I’m sure it would also be in the urban dictionary if I bothered to look.

  493. Jessica says:

    My 4 year old says “pizzaroni” for pepperoni pizza! I love it.

  494. Lisa says:

    When my daughter was four, she invented “poinky” – a combination of “pokey” and “pointy” in reference to something sharp like a cactus. It’s so descriptive that I still use it today and she’s about to turn 16. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I have a BUNCH more, but for the life of me can’t think of them at the moment… lol… they just blend in with our “normal” language now that we forget that they aren’t “real” words. ๐Ÿ˜€

  495. Kate says:

    Underpear: The fleshy part of the fruit located beneath the skin.

  496. Joel Kohler says:

    My parents brought us Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts after a trip to Hawaii. My then 2 year old loved them and asked for “Coco-day-me-nuts” every time he entered the kitchen.

  497. I use the pronoun “shim” (she+him) for people I’m not sure are a boy or a girl…..

  498. Kelly says:

    We have gobs of these silly words – mostly for our dog now that I think about it… but at least one for my daughter. We changed the words “b_un ch_eeks” to “chun beeks”, and one of my daughter’s nicknames is thus “Chun”, or “ChunMarie” or other silly variations. Her real name is Renee- so it’s completely different – but that’s how we are.
    The dog has billions of goofy names, first I should tell you he’s a tall golden retriever (that’s a tall reddish colored dog, about 75lbs).
    We call him Frog (fat red dog)
    Bog (bad dog)
    Snog (snuggle dog)
    Taboggin (doesn’t mean anything, just sort of rhymes with his other nicknames)
    Our other favorite combo word – for grown-ups, is “stufficated” – having too much stuff. Having moved 3 times in the past 3 years, and fighting all of our boxes of stuff— it’s not a word or a situation we like, but one we’ve dealt with.

  499. SewTara says:

    I say Craptacular all the time, in fact too much. Sometimes I forget where I am or who I’m talking to. I should try to be professional at work ๐Ÿ™‚

  500. Janelle says:

    GREAT MINDS! That’s exactly what I thought when I saw that comment!

  501. Polly says:

    Shart – more than a fart but less than a poo….

  502. Alli says:

    When I was about four I came up with the term “smellagination” for when you thought you smelled something but it turned out that you didn’t.
    For example (actual origin of the word):
    “Grandma, I can’t wait to eat that oatmeal you’re making. It smells sooo good!”
    “But honey, we’re in the car, not at home. I haven’t started making it yet. So you can’t possibly smell it.”
    “Huh. Must’ve been my smellagination.”

    My family now uses it as a blanket term for silly + imagination.

  503. Kristen says:

    Pee-mail (what the dogs ‘read’ when sniffing trees)
    Churky (chocolate turkeys we get on Thanksgiving)

  504. Shana says:

    PocketPurse…for Pocket Book and Purse mixed together. A little boy I used to babysit always would say “can I have some gum out of your pocket purse?” haha

  505. Jessica says:

    My 4 year old thinks that Santa and Harry Potter are both “magicful”…

  506. AshleytheIslander says:

    We say “cutiefull” a lot here. To mean Cute and Beautiful when referring to our daughter.

  507. Becka says:

    My son’s is yesternight (as in last night).

    I am not whitty enough to come up with anything. Every day my son at breakfast (he’s almost 5) says: “Hey mom, remember yesternight when you said XXX” Yesternight has been said SO MUCH by him… we now say it, too :-/

  508. Becka says:

    My son calls it hanitizer, too! LOL

  509. Coleslaw says:

    I’ve been trying to think if one that’s a combination of stupidity and bravery. I’m torn between bravepidity and stupravery.

  510. Robin says:

    O.k. if you’re both a smartass an a jackass, you can combine it for ease into smackass.

  511. Robin says:

    Confungulated always means something that’s really messed up. Not a word combo, just a fun word.

    My son created a word for a sensation he had when we went over the top of a hill in the car when he was about 2 and a half. (Ask a guy – he’ll corroborate this.) He stated his penis “schriggled”.

  512. Robin says:

    My daughter used to say “yesternight” It was also actually in a Shakespeare movie I saw once. She also used to also say lasterday instead of yesterday.

  513. StorkStories says:

    My niece always went swimming in her babysoup and packed her lunch in her langstop. When it was a birthday.. she’d say happy hue!

  514. StorkStories says:

    That is hilarious~!

  515. Ally says:

    I made one up tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚ My 6 month old and I have this “game” where (while he’s nursing) he puts his hand up to my mouth and I kiss his fingers, then he giggles. It’s very sweet and I love it. Well tonight I was looking at something else and then realized he was putting his fingers up to my lips, and I looked down and said – oh I almost missed my kissertunity. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  516. Peg says:

    Our 5 year old son says ‘Gription’ to describe grip + traction. So something like, ‘My boots have great gription on the ice’. He uses it so well – that I have found myself saying it…and nobody seems to correct’s like we all secretly know the meaning of gription…
    His second portmanteau is ‘wrappaging’ which is wrapping + packaging. ‘I just need a little more wrappaging on this gift’.
    There you go…portmanteau…

  517. Angela says:

    After explaining that you lick lollipops to my three year old daughter, she started calling them lickipops.

  518. taralee says:

    my manager used to say “it’s not rocket surgery!” whenever she was describing an idiotic situation with a customer. it still makes me laugh!

  519. Mandy says:

    We use that one as well!

  520. Darcie says:

    Baditude = bad attidude

  521. Darcie says:

    I had an ESL professor who thought math proofs were so easy, they were a “piece of joke.”

  522. Brooke says:

    Yesterday my son said “uh-eww” to spilling something gross on the ground.

  523. Jason says:


  524. Jade says:

    Guess what Deescan-deskin is. Decongestant. We still say it today and my kids are 14 now.

  525. Rachele says:

    I’ve got two gems for ya!

    My husband has dark hair, yet a red beard. I was making fun of him one night, calling him a chin ginger. Then it hit me… chin… ginger… CHINGER.

    Another one, which also has to do with my husband. I seem to get a tad goofy at about 3 in the morning. I was laying next to him in bed, and looked over and just could HELP but reach out and touch his armpit hair. It just looked so soft! And it was. He looked at me like I was a freak. I was giggling and saying “your armpit hair is soft like kittens. You have armpit kittens!”, and then again, it hit me… pit… kittens… PITTENS!

    I laughed so hard at myself that I cried. And now I lovingly refer to him as Chinger Pittens, and he hates me lol.

  526. JennyJ says:

    I love these all! My daughter came up with Septober when she couldn’t remember the month (it was the beginning of October, and who doesn’t forget at the beginning of the month) I thought it was awesome! Also, my sister lives with us and when my two year old needs something and doesn’t care who gets it she yells “Aunty Mom”…it’s different, but the same!! differame??

  527. Deia says:

    These are so cute. My oldest used to say hugantic, for huge and gigantic. Also goodicious, for good and delicious. Kids really do say the most amazing things:)

  528. Scott says:

    Sometimes I get the best gas for my car – Supremium

  529. I almost peed myself when I came up with this one…


    Pronounced with a soft “g”.

    Definition: Seriously effed the hell up.

  530. Gin says:

    From the 3 year old: Tacobela’s – Our one-stop shop for Mexican food as well as sportsman’s gear. Also, Terrifighters – Really scary soldiers. I’m frequently warned that if I’m not a good mommy, I will be terrifighted by his little sister and him.

  531. SleepyMom says:

    My son says hanitizer too and we use it all the time, so I get to hear it a lot. I’ll be sad when he loses all those cute words. Of course I’m not sure if he’s really blending words or not as he uses the “h” sound a lot like as in “hartoon” for cartoon.

  532. Angela says:

    My 8 year old and 5 year old both use “yesternight” because it wasn’t yesterDAY that whatever happened, but yesterday night. I’m waiting for my 2 year old start using it.

    As my son (8) explained it to me once – why say day at all when you are going to say night and you mean night?

    He’s got a point.

    There are so many fun words here. Sadly, after living with these creative linguists and their creations for so many years, the words are normal to me. It isn’t until one of my kids says them to somebody else that I remember they aren’t “normal” words.

  533. When my son was two he decided since we once got a cookie at the bank he wanted to call it the “Bankery.”

  534. Cassie says:

    Polotful… Its a mix of polite and thoughtful used by my 3 yr old. Example, I do something nice for her…. “Awww, Mommy, that was very polotful!”

  535. Robbie says:

    When I was little, my best friend always said ‘toilex’ for toilet paper and kleenex. I use ‘craptastic’ a lot, and it’s totally not made up by me, but I love it just the same. What other word has portmanteau (a new word for me, thank you, even if I can’t pronounce it), sarcasm, and an oxymoron all in one word? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  536. Angie Rumsey says:

    backne… acne on your back.

  537. Nicole says:

    My daughter says ‘benext’ – combination of besides and next to. Use: sit benext to me!

  538. my son is 2 and he calls French Fries FENSHLY ๐Ÿ™‚

  539. michaela says:

    At the tender age of 4 (she’s 8 now) my daughter was fed up with the adults in her life and told us to stop ignoying her! We were chatting loudly in the car, but not to her. Four years later, we are still ignoying each other!

  540. Oh my, I love these! I also not very good at making them up on my own but so enjoy hearing them.

  541. Kayoh says:

    Hey Amber,
    My son used to always call purell “hanitizer” ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s one of those things we couldn’t bring ourselves to correct b/c it made us smile.

  542. Kayla says:

    But I thought that really was a word! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  543. Kimba says:

    Sooo… my eldest (4 at the time, 21 now) was sent to the bathroom to brush her teeth before bed. She returned a bit too quickly to have really brushed so I asked if she brushed ‘all’ of her teeth. Her response? “I couldn’t find the poot-taste!”

  544. Jenny Green says:

    I’m coming in late here, but my 5yo (at the time) daughter walked into her room one day and said, “What a disastrophe!”

    It was.

  545. Steph says:

    Not sure if it’s been mentioned coz I couldn’t be bothered reading all 500+ comments.


  546. Victoria says:

    my favorite, although not mine, is shituation.
    I think it’s pretty self explanitory. ๐Ÿ™‚

  547. Charissa says:

    This may not exactly a portmanteau, but one morning we were waiting for some contractors to show up (late, of course) to replace our door. So, we were telling our son, over and over, that we were waiting for contractors. Being 2, he latched onto “tractors” as that’s something he knows, but didn’t quite get the “con” part. Eventually the contractors show up, and it’s two men, so as soon as he sees them, the (con)tractors became…mantractors.

    Which really makes far more sense, as it turns out.

  548. Kym Ney says:

    My oldest used to cal alligators and Crocodiles crocagators. My Youngest calls octopuses applepuses

  549. Becky says:

    I told my 2 year old there would be a camel and sheep and other animals at a Christmas Pageant we were going to. She was of course excited and called the group of them “caminals” (camel+”aminals”).

  550. Jennifer says:

    My daughter coined “misappeared” as in, “where did my dolly go? She misappeared!”

    Also, cold miserable drizzling days are “drizzery”.

  551. Anne says:

    My daughter says “isn’t that FANTABLIOUS” Fantastic and fabulous…

  552. Kelly says:

    We have rainbrellas- for rain and umbrellas and my kids also call a ground hog a grass hog- they said it makes more sense.

  553. Megan says:

    my boyfriend’s dad is the king of hybrid words, my favorite being “obliviot” combing the words oblivious and idiot..usually used in situations when other drivers are involved. ps just randomly found this blog and i’m dying over all these crappy pictures! well played.

  554. Belinda says:

    What about fan-tabulous?

  555. Amy says:

    These posts are fantabulous!

  556. Penelope says:

    Electricitator! Jack, age 4: “It’s an enemy that puts electricity on you.”

    Jack is into super heroes and enjoys making up bad guys to spur him into action!

    Love your blog – it always makes me smile!

  557. Tam says:

    Our 2.5 yo screams out MaPa, when wanting to address both me and my husband. It’s especially endearing, though, when he says, “Good-night. I love you most, Mapa.”

  558. Chrissy says:

    My son is an expert at these as well! he makes associations between words and it is impossible to break them. Instead of shark, we have sharkfish, instead of ghost, it’s always a ghostlight (yes, obviously from cars). Snow is not snow, the beach is not just he beach, and he doesn’t go to school, its “let’s play with snowday” or “go to beachday” or “yay go to schoolday” There are many others, I just can’t think of them right now ๐Ÿ™‚

  559. Elizabeth says:

    From a precocious 4 year old just learning contractions:
    “I amn’t” for “I am not” and he still insists it is a word two years later!

  560. Charlene says:

    When my son was 18 months he called cats “meow meows” and owls were “owls”. We were looking at a book one day and he saw a lemur. It looked kind of like a cat but had huge yellow eyes like an owl. He pointed at it and said “meowl”. I thought that was so cute and a pretty fitting name for it ๐Ÿ™‚

  561. erika says:

    Fantabulous. :). Abra ca pocus rocks.

  562. charlene says:

    we can so relate! my daughter says “whobody” as in “whobody tooted?”. she also says “lasterday” as in last time+yesterday – ex – “mom, lasterday when i ate breakfast…..”

  563. emily says:

    Not sure if anyone will see this post but just yesterday my 2 year old son made up a great new word and I just had to share because I immediately thought about this blog post… (Amber, your subliminal mind control is working!!) We were playing legos and cars so mama decided to build a garage with the legos. I then later heard him describe it as a “Carage.” How perfect is that? I’m not entirely sure ‘garage’ can exist in our world now… Carage kinda has it beat. How do we miss these awesome wordpportunities??? (You were right … us Bigs can’t do it.)

  564. Alayne says:

    Fully recognizing I’m a little bit late commenting on this (I just found your blog today for the very first time), I had to add my own. This past Christmas, my 2-year old frowned at a snowman trying to remember what it was called, we got “Snow… snow… Snowbody!!” When you can’t remember the “man” a “body” will do fine.

  565. Melissa says:

    We use “slanky” at our house….sleepy and cranky.

  566. Sasha says:

    My pregnant friend was complaining about her sweezing (sneeze weeing) the other day.

  567. Rae says:

    “Rememberations” -Age 4

  568. Christina M. says:

    I can’t take credit for it, but my favorite from Raising Hope is:
    Sums up my feelings on procrastination quite nicely.

  569. Melanie says:

    My boys call Hand Sanitizer “Hanitizer”. I work in a hospital, and several of my coworkers have picked up the word.

  570. Shireen M says:

    My son told my husband today that his baby sister has a “buttgina”. My hubby was mortified. Ha!

  571. Whenever I see people in FL (or from FL) wearing parkas and ski caps, and other such cold-weather clothes when it’s 75 degrees out, I call them “Floridiots.”
    And my brother and I, since high school, have used the word “asspirarions” to refer to a sweaty butt. (which is common amongst Floridiots.)

  572. Dyann says:

    <3 this blog, though you threw off my schedule AND messed up my mascara.

    We use 'yesternight' and 'hanitizer' as well, but my daughter portmanteau'd 'bower.' It's where you take a shower & plug the drain, saving all that lovely warm water. And my son coined the verb 'dag,' which is what you do with a dagger. "Look Mom, I'm dagging this bush with my stick!" It really should be a word.

  573. Patti says:

    My fave is gymnurstics, as in the way your toddler wiggles and stands on their head (your head, your shoulders etc.) while they are nursing. I didn’t make it up though, so sad, I read it somewhere and it just described my toddlers behavior to a T, so it stuck.

  574. Emma says:

    i accidently came up with “traffshit”, cuz traffic is always shitty!

  575. Melonie says:

    My son calls himself a ‘funny willy’ instead of a ‘silly willy’.

  576. Christy says:

    When I was in college and most likely drunk I came up with “Severiously,” a severe, serious case of something, or I REALLY mean it. I severiously need some beer right about now.

  577. Christy says:

    OH…and my three year old uses the term, “polkanuts” to refer to both coconuts and polka dots.

    Another favorite of his is taking a ride on the “elligator” (those green animals at the zoo are also “elligators”).

  578. Haseena says:

    My six year old used ‘clunches’ in her homework. She said, “You know, like clunches of trees or bushes.” I said the word was either “bunch” or “clump” – she looked so disappointed with those choices, like it didn’t fully express what she meant like “clunches”!

  579. Swizz says:

    I’ve seen lots of people who use hanitizer, but my son has always called it “handsitizer” (and we all still do!).

    He calls pajamas “pajammies” (pajamas +jammies)…used to be called “jamanas” and it was a sad day when that was stopped.

    “Binking” is a cross between blinking and winking!

    And these aren’t exactly the same thing, but my twin sister and I always called magazines “mazagines” and spaghetti was “pusghetti”

    I could go on forever…SO glad I found your blog! :o)

  580. Jenne Mondry says:

    Japangry, or japanger.

    When you are a foreigner in Japan for a long time, and some of the social norms and “niceties” start to annoy you, you might feel a little japangry. For example, “I just want to purchase one orange, please don’t wrap it up in seven pieces of paper and two separate bags, that is getting me japangry!”

  581. Lauren says:

    “Stop being so dramastic”
    My ESL husband kept saying dramastic.
    Dramatic + drastic (which I am).

    At first I attempted to convince him it was not a word. I teach English. I know. Then I caught myself wanting to use it…then doubting myself. We looked it up. I couldn’t help but feel disappointed it was not a word.

  582. Melissa says:

    I have 2 hybrid words…

    Sneakaprise- like I sneaked up on you and surprised you.

    Carcolepsy- that is the act of me falling asleep in the car if I’m not driving. Car + narcolepsy.

  583. Cecilia says:

    My friend’s favorite drink is Fresca and whiskey, which I have dubbed a “Frisky.” Its now the official drink name in her house.

  584. Emily says:

    i’m a little late to the party, but my 4yo calls museums “Go-see-’ems” (goseeums) makes sense, b/c that’s what you do at a museum, plus it sounds more fun! ๐Ÿ˜›

  585. Stacey Benson says:

    Hangry -hungry and angry. My husband says I get hangry when we eat dinner too late.

  586. Dianne says:

    When I’m crampy and grumpy, I say that I’m CRUMPY.

  587. Lori says:

    When my son was 3-years old, he wanted to play the “Pretend-O” (otherwise known as Nintendo… though like Pretend-o better.)

  588. madison says:

    When i was little my mom called my air pits…airpits. and my dad called them under arms. so i got cconfused and called them underpits, at 16 years of age i still use it. my entire family does.

  589. Jessi Brendel says:

    My almost-3-yr-old says “Flool-Up” for fruit roll ups and laughs when things are “dillarious.” Also, everything is referred to as “foopy” at some point in it’s existence… I’ve yet to discover if this has positive or negative connotations.

  590. nikki says:

    “geek out”. really? i thought i was the only one who used that term. “I was totally geeking out”. ahh brings me back to high school. luv it

  591. RAD says:

    My kids say Jumpoline instead of trampoline – makes more sense to me

  592. Natalie says:

    Okay, I just discovered your blog today, and I seriously am almost pissing my pants with laughter. A word my daughter made up is “hanitizer” or hand sanitzer.

  593. Sabrina says:

    Hanitizer. A shortening of “hand sanitizer”

  594. Sabrina says:

    Confusimatayted: confused and discombobulated

  595. Sabrina says:

    thass: where there should be an indentation where your thigh ends and your bum begins but it all all just blurred into one big piece of upper leg.

  596. Karen says:

    Beware the “poo-nami”! especially relevant with breastfed newborns…

  597. Vanessa says:

    This is awesome!! I’ve always do that… In French but sadly since I moved I can’t do since I’m now living in an English province! But still my favorite of all time was bottiner It comes from patiner(skating) and bottes(boots) which I can’t even do anymore because there’s no winter in Victoria, BC! God I miss Quebec!

  598. Sara says:

    I love your blog – my husband and I actually sit down and read new posts together to prevent trying to capture the humor in re-telling. While nursing baby #2 I’ve been reading through the archives. Anyways, my son calls marshmallows ‘roastmallows’ since the first time he had them was at a camp fire and we kept saying ‘roast marshmallows.’ Now the entire extended family calls them that. He also says ‘restranaut’ but I don’t think he means restaurants have anything to do with astronauts so that doesn’t count, its just funny.

  599. errol says:

    Someone may have said this already but my favorite hybrid word is bromantic. Like when your mate finds his new best friend and they have a new found bro romance. bromance! I loved carcolepsy too….. hilarious!

  600. Blanca says:

    My son (who was 3 at the time) came up with “killarius” for when something is so hillarius it kills you with laughter.

  601. Sarah says:

    So I’m about a year behind (I had a baby 16 months ago-I’m blaming that)….
    Anyway, a word I’ve been using for like 15 years is confuzzled. Puzzled and confused…plus it is fun to say.

  602. heather says:

    “Recockuslous” used to be a favorite of mine.

    • heather says:

      I guess that doesn’t really meet the criteria, does it, lol? It’s just a stupid word I like.

  603. Ann says:

    my son is 2 and when he is thirsty he asks for milk’n’juz (milk and juice) meaning he doesn’t care which, just put something in his sippy cup ASAP! lol!

  604. Jennifer McBride says:

    My son noticed that I had left my phone on the table and as I was walking away he said “Mom!! You forleft your phone!” An awesome mix of FORGET and LEFT.


  605. Kathleen McLennan says:

    I have two: When my daughter Claire was a baby I used to call all the crap I had to lug around for her Clairephenalia. The other one is a bit more obvious… Poosplosion

  606. Grace says:

    I had to come back to this post to add these two to the list from my 4 year-old!…
    -loveabye — lullaby
    -pass forward — fast forward

    language is so awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

  607. Kate says:

    My 2 yo says often, “I wanna sit nexttaside you.”