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Kids' Catchphrases or Words


Do any of you still use the words or phrases your kids or grandkids used when they were little and couldn't pronounce them properly? We have been using the following forever.

Prentzels - my little sister's pronunciation of pretzels. She's 47 now and we still use it!

I can't change up my mind! - My son used to say that instead of I can't make up my mind.

Apacoes - my grandson's version of apples. He made the word more complicated!

Aminals - I think every kid I've ever known pronounced animals this way.

Scabetty - See above. We still have scabetty and meatballs!

Cripsy - my niece said this instead of crispy (She's 28 now) and we still ask for our grilled hot dogs cripsy.

Fruck - my son's version of truck. Used especially when talking about a fire fruck!
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Old 02-04-2020, 07:25 PM
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Yes, dozens. I still start to say Ammm'-i-nals then quickly switch when I realize not everyone will think it's cute. Same with a Cress'-kant for croissant (also applies to a Cress-kant Wrench).
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Old 02-04-2020, 08:43 PM
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When I was a kid, we were learning Phonics in school. My family visited an ice cream parlor that had "Pistachio" ice cream listed. I asked, "What's pis-ta-KY-o?" From that day on, even into my adulthood, my father sometimes called me PistaKYo Pete.
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When I was a kid, we were learning Phonics in school. My family visited an ice cream parlor that had "Pistachio" ice cream listed. I asked, "What's pis-ta-KY-o?" From that day on, even into my adulthood, my father sometimes called me PistaKYo Pete.
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Oh, and my sister saw a bottle in the liquor store and asked what Tuh-KWILL'-ah was. Since she was 17 at the time, she's never heard the end of that...
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I make up my own as an adult. But, keeping with what kids/grandchildren said...
Once my granddaughter said "hopsital". She now calls it hospital. I now call it hopsital.
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Old 02-05-2020, 09:08 AM
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My favorite was my cousins' "parrot grass" for asparagus. We don't still use it (although I think it when eating it.)

They also thought that "Corpus Christi" said during Mass was "Salt is crispy."

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My parents were immigrants so they misheard a lot of words and used them that way. I still say some words the way my mother did just for fun.

Remote (control) - ra-mont (rolling the r) "Gimmee da ra-mont"
cowboy- kyboy

Questions she asked: "Why do they call it a free market when nothing's free?"
"Mom, it a FLEA market.
"All these years and no one corrected me?"

"Why do they call it a baby suit when adults wear them too?"
"Mom, it's a BATHING suit."
"All these years...?"

One of my favorites was when she wasn't in the mood for something - "I'm not in da move!"
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Old 02-05-2020, 11:57 AM
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Yes, daily. My wife and I say “pumming” (for “coming”), “Stunch Bob” (for “Sponge Bob”), and others, though our kid hasn’t said these for about five years.
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"Blobbum" for "Volume". Now if we want the person with the remote to turn up the sound, we say "blobbum!"
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i-beep = ice cream

wewaff = giraffe
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Old 02-10-2020, 08:23 AM
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I put sugar water out for hummingbirds. Or as one of the kids aptly put it: "honeybirds".
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Scabetty - See above. We still have scabetty and meatballs!
We had pis'getti from the way my little brother pronounced it when he was even littler.
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Old 02-10-2020, 10:23 AM
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We don't use them any more, but a couple come to mind:

Bally ball, for volleyball,
Festibal for festival.

Factoid: Edwin Aldrin's sister couldn't say "brother" when they were little. It came out as "buzzer." And now you know the rest of the story.
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Thought of 2 more

Horse fish - Sea horse

Ball cage - Cinderella's carriage

Those are 2 of my favorites. Sometimes I can't remember what a horse fish is really called! And ball cage - I'm not sure if the word ball refers to the dance or the shape of the carriage. It makes me laugh every time I think of it.
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Mommy's fox cup
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Old 02-10-2020, 12:48 PM
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I dated a woman who's daughter called a fly-swatter a fly-spanker. Without a nanosecond of hesitation I immediately changed that noun in my vocabulary.
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I thought of a couple more.
Cottage cheese is cot cheese
Des Moines is pronounced Dess Moness.
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Stick her, instead of sic her for the command of a dog to attack.

Loo-loo-la-la = little water (as in a small glass of water)

Life saver = light saber
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Peefume

Laxing
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When I was 14, I babysat for a pre-schooler who was all excited because she was going to spend Christmas with her grandparents in Floridia.

From other sources (not me!), John Denver thought Best Virginia was almost heaven, and President Clinton was the former governor of R-Kansas (hard S).
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Old 02-11-2020, 11:35 AM
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There's a dish my mother makes, chopped up baked potatoes and... turnips, I think? It all looks vaguely potato-y. Anyway, when my brother was very little, he came up with his own version of a Barney song, in which the Barney Bag contained "kitchups and ketchups and old swampy things". Somehow, the baked vegetables got dubbed kitchups and ketchups.

Also, pretty much the opposite of a kid thing, but my grandmother has started hanging out with Chabad rabbis. Being completely secular her whole life, she sometimes has trouble with Hebrew words, and calls them "Kabob". Now the rest of us say "Kabob" sometimes.
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My (radical feminist lesbian) sister's granddaughter called it "Chick-A-Fil" We all call it that, but we do not eat there.
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:27 PM
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Watermelon bed (waterbed)
Fire cookies (fireworks [firecrackers is what I'm guessing made that connection for him])
Wild up (riled up)
Buzz Lightyear, what's your coffee? (copy)
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Old 02-11-2020, 01:40 PM
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When I was 14, I babysat for a pre-schooler who was all excited because she was going to spend Christmas with her grandparents in Floridia. ...
OK. I left this one alone thinking someone else might ask, but what the heck does this even mean? I mean, what's wrong with it?
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OK. I left this one alone thinking someone else might ask, but what the heck does this even mean? I mean, what's wrong with it?
The state's name is Florida, not Floridia. I would think even a Canadian would know that.
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The state's name is Florida, not Floridia. I would think even a Canadian would know that.
D'Oh! I read what I wanted to see, not what was actually typed. We're all guilty of this occasionally, right? Right?
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Right said the lady from Mass-achoo-setts
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From my niece:

Hankaburger = hamburger
Gingeraffe = giraffe
Fridgafator = refrigerator
Air kasheen = air conditioning
The cation = vacation
Tomarno = tomorrow (from my nephew)
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Peefume
Especially after parrot grass.
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My little sister's birthday is September 2nd; aka "September the twooth" (pronounced "tooth")
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I haven't pummed in so long, I forgot how to do it!
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Those old oil well thingies...also called oil pumpers...used to be all over SoCal when I was a kid. One of my sisters called them oil cows for their resemblance to cows grazing, and it stuck.
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From my little brother:

Brief case = Grief case (my mother loved that one)
Windshield wipers = Windsheepers
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Especially after parrot grass.
Sounds funny, but I have no idea what this means.
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My daughter, when my wife was debating the best way to make something for supper, "Mommy, read the destructions!"
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My favorite was my cousins' "parrot grass" for asparagus. We don't still use it (although I think it when eating it.)
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Especially after parrot grass.
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Sounds funny, but I have no idea what this means.
Parrot grass makes your pee smell funny.
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Nabanas?
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Nabanas?
I haven't seen that one. In our house, it was beenanas and blanas
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My daughter, when my wife was debating the best way to make something for supper, "Mommy, read the destructions!"
Oooh! My eldest, obsessed with Legos, always referred to the step-by-step pamphlets as “constructions.”

We found this hilarious. His mom has a Ph.D. in anthropology and I have an undergrad degree in philosophy, so we were both pretty comfortable agreeing that instructions are societal constructs.
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