Monday, April 30, 2007
Cracking the Kid Code
I got a call from Oronzo yesterday while I was out shopping.

Oronzo: “Can I ask you a stupid question?”

Me: “Sure, go ahead.”

Oronzo: “Snuggle Bug is asking to watch ‘blani book’. What does ‘blani book’ mean?”

Me: “Hmm…is it the Bug’s Life movie?”

Oronzo: “No, I tried that. That’s not it.”

Me: ((wracking my brain trying to figure this out)) “Wait, I’ve got it! ‘Blani’ is his word for Bambi. We have that book retelling various Disney movies and he likes me to read him the Bambi story. So, I think when he says, ‘blani book’ he’s really asking to watch his Bambi movie!”

Oronzo: “Okay, Bambi movie it is. I’ll try that. Thanks.”

Me: “No problem. Call me anytime you have more stupid questions.”

Just for fun, I’ll list some more of Snuggle Bug’s unique word pronunciations:

 “Boo foder”, translation: move over
 “la la”, translation: Baby Einstein movies (it’s a long story)
 “bicasil”, translation: bicycle
 “woedirt”, translation: yogurt
 “ow bout”, translation: how about

So, what fun but hard to understand phrases do your little ones say?

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At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Jodie said...

About the time my son turned 1, he started asking for "meme" - we had no clue what he meant. We'd taught him sign language (I interpreted a bit in high school/college) so we could talk pretty well before he could pronounce things, but this was new. We tried giving him everything to see what it was and checking to see if he meant himself - nope - nothing. Finally, we discovered it was his blanket! No clue why he started calling it meme, but that name has stuck . . . he passed the word on to his little sister and 2 other kids that were at daycare! They all have memes :-) From that day forward, we had to leave a "glossary" with grandma and grandpa when they came to visit (they're 900 miles away) so they knew what Jason was saying :-)

At 8:25 AM, Blogger Domestic Goddess said...

SO cute!
Ours: Antiblintz (Ambulance), Hossipull (Hospital), Gutchy (yucky) and Suppadetty (spaghetti).
I love that phase...

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Our Peculiar Life said...

That's adorable!! My daughter says "Bochazy." It took us quite awhile to realize she was trying to say "oxygen!" (she is on oxygen) Anyway, she used to use it as an all-purpose word for everything, but now it actually means oxygen specifically!

At 10:50 AM, Anonymous chelle said...

hehe too cute!
My husband has a harder time understanding our toddler than I do :) I translate for them!

At 12:36 PM, Anonymous Dave said...

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At 1:18 PM, Blogger Jacquie said...

If I combine all 3 of my girls I came up with a few

Mice = Rice
Battery = Bandaid
Mina = Money
Ju-on = Juice
Blay = Blanket

Kids come up with the coolest "words" don't they.

At 3:46 PM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

Ha! That was cute. Alexys loves Baby Einstein. She says a few things, pa-ma with a lilt on the ma is Grandma, pa-pa is Grandma. In fact, everything has this high lilt on the end of everything she says. Her yes is in the through like uh-huh! Only it is just the Huh part, high and cute. She hums when she eats. It's adorable. Gee...this Pa-ma is just overcome with pride! ☺

At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Yolanda said...

lol the translating is so much fun! Well, until they get mad because you don't get what they are saying. I really need to start writing down more of my 2 year old's unique expressions. I still have to translate my 4 year old for my husband from time to time.

At 7:30 PM, Blogger DeAnna said...

Other than some of the typical hard words that Isabella will mispronounce -- my favorite, that I never correct her on because its her last "baby" word, is candy. For some reason she always says "tankane". I don't know why because if I ask her to say candy, she'll say it correctly, but when she asks for it its always tankane. I'm going to be so sad when one day she realizes she's saying it wrong and corrects herself.

At 9:34 PM, Blogger I'm Toni. said...

LOL! Those are adorable.

At 8:41 AM, Blogger Barb said...

Cameron's really only just beginning to talk, but one that comes to mind right away is

pish? pish?

That means, "Pick me up so I can look into the aquarium."

And elllllsee. ellllllsee. That means "Chelsea, come play with me."

Aren't they cute? I love the cute little ways they express themselves. Somehow, we always figure out what they're saying.

At 12:11 PM, Blogger abebech said...

The latest cutest is an enthusiastic:
"Ear Dee Toe!" for "Here you go!"

I think I already blogged this one, but she says fish backwards -- shiff -- only her f sounds like t. So when she first went to the New York aquarium and was overwhelmed by the sight she yelled "Oh, Shiff," much to my husband's dismay.

At 2:24 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Isn't it so funny when they are talking, but not enunciating everything correctly and you have to play the guessing game of what they are asking for? glad you figured that one out!

Kayla has quite a few words that it seems like only "I" know what she's saying :)

An example is for Amen it sounds like "maymen"

At 5:02 PM, Blogger Munchkin Land said...

Ummm... those are hysterical! Yes, we have quite a few moments where we scratch our heads and go "huh?" Our favorite is "Bumbo" for Dumbo and "Bobo" for brother!

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Chelf said...

I have no kiddos myself, but I have plenty that I call mine. My "monsters" have all sorts of good phrases.

Josh - ow bout ummm.... - He used to stand at the "wall of vidoes" and pat them, and think about which to watch. He usually settled on Bug's Life. He got this from his mom.

Emma (niece) - bee deet - I told her that I was going to beep her nose, beep beep. My nose makes an "aOOOOgah" sound, but hers, she decided said "bee deet".

Kid my mom babysat - ditty put - was the kitty cat. Mom and Dad named their cat Ditty Put (from that household), Ditty's dad was Tom A-Ditty Put.

Morgan (cousin) - when she was little, she hollered at my dad, "Uncle Frank", and he hollered back, "Niece Morgan". She stopped and looked at him all doe-eyed, and said, "My mommy doesn't call me that!" We then had to explain family relations.

I like the Suppadetty. Usually we hear Bisketty.


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