Happy Kids’ Words
When your child says something funny, how many times have you said to yourself “I’ve got to write that down?” Happy as we are to hear them said, we tend to skip the chronicling part. Then, next thing you know, we ask, “Now what was it that they said?”
Because I love words a lot, I get a special kick out of kid’s comments. They truly are priceless because each one represents a child’s best guess at something new. What’s more, they each carry that happy characteristic that makes us stop, ponder, then burst out laughing. That makes every happy word each kid creates worth bottling!
Words like “teethbrush” from a two year old actually make more sense. Or how about the words that are just too hard for little mouths to get around, like:
“Orm mowmer” for “lawnmower”
“Banking cleaner” for “vacuum cleaner”
“Hopsbital” for “hospital”
“Pesgetti” for “spaghetti”
“Terrible poorly” for “cerebral palsy”
“Poor Arthur” for “Port Arthur”
“Grandhug Day” for “Groundhog Day”
“monter” for “monster”
“care wee” for “scary”
“Beach lookers” for “binoculars” and
“Dongie” for “McDonalds.”
Then there are words kids create that come from nowhere in particular. Having only the vaguest connection in sound to the original, they often get lost in the growing years. Words like:
“Ondit” for “Elephant”
“Crayfiss” for “crane” and
“pssss” for “spoon.”
Each represents a happy snippet of childhood that we ought to keep and share when our kids grow up. Every word that made you smile is surely a happy memento well worth keeping.
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Plus, if you’ve got some precious words your children chose to create, feel free to share them here for posterity. Not only will they trigger some affectionate memories, but who knows? We might even start a new language! Engwish anyone?