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Little People Lexicon aka Toddler Mommy Mouth

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

(Image provided via Google Images.)
Everyone knows I am sort of a word nerd.  I use the proverbial five dollar words in everyday conversation.  My children have always had a larger than normal (for their age) vocabulary as well.  I believe they are, in fact, just little people so there is no reason for that goo-goo ga-ga baby talk.  That just inhibits their ability to grasp the English language correctly.

Having said that, there are many Little People speech fumbles that end up becoming part of our lexicon forevermore.  I constantly have Toddler Mommy Mouth moments where I have adopted their blunders for the actual phrases.  The bad part?  I don't even have any toddlers.  I haven't had toddlers for quite sometime.

Kamden is 8.  I mean, we have Monkey Princess, but she's only 8 months old.  She says da-da and occasionally ma-ma.  That's it.

Sometimes though, kids say things that are so flippin' cute that from then on, you say them that way because, well, I don't know, they just become embedded in the brain.

Here are some examples....from our permanent Little People Lexicon which are now Romano-isms.

Nunderwears - These are also known as underwear. However, we all call them nunderwears.

My don't know.  Translation - I don't know.

My luz you.  Translation - I love you.

Gimme dem nips.  Translation - I'd like a kiss please.  or Give me those (them) lips.

Die-ent Coke is the equivalent of Diet Coke. <---this one actually came from my brother, who is 30.  We've called it die-ent coke for a long damn time!

Not nec-cess-celery. (A family favorite that is hard to break!) Translation - not necessarily.

There are a plethora of others, these are just a few of my favorites.  I often find myself in the midst of a conversation with another adult who has no children, or perhaps is just more cultured than I am, using Little People Lexicon and I get that blank stare or worse that slight eye roll.  It make me snicker to myself because for me, it takes me back to those moments that as a Mommy, I treasure forever.

How about you?  What's your favorite LP Lexicon?  Do you have Toddler Mommy Mouth?  Are there things you say incorrectly, on purpose because you did as a child?  Spill it Smackers...

Also, don't forget..tomorrow is SQUASH on Share a Spoon.  Bring your squask, zucchini, pumpkin, whatever flavor recipes tomorrow to SHARE!


Jenn said...

I'm just going to have to write about this...Otherwise I would monopolize your comments section.

I'll let you know when it's up this afternoon :)

GunDiva said...

We have "butt burps" instead of farts - from my oldest son.

There are a ton more, but if I have to think about it, they all go away. They're just part of our everyday vocabulary.

Babes Mami said...

I know that we have a few and damn if I can think of them!

If they come to mind I will be back!

That One Mom said...

I think we talked about this not too long ago! I use "my" in place of I a lot. Like, "My know." "My luv you." etc...

Meeko Fabulous said...

I'm gonna have to write mine down to send you later. LoL I do that too, but don't notice it when I'm doing it!

Anonymous said...

They're not called nunderwears? Who knew? Ha!

I need a drank!

Kenna will forever have a squishy butt! And every other little kid out there!

Anonymous said...

They're not called nunderwears? Who knew? Ha!

I need a drank!

Kenna will forever have a squishy butt! And every other little kid out there!

Dee said...

Ok so I'm totally going to have to scavenge for a squash recipe...can't think of one "family" squash recipe lol!

Buffee said...

CRAP! Obviously I didn't mean to post my comment TWICE or anonymously! Having a crapshoot day!

SurferWife said...

Ugh. Haley is leaving this phase so I hold onto any words she says wrong. My current favorite is when she is reading a magazine and she tells me about her "mazageen."

Jason just recently told someone he had his independix removed when he was three. He NEVER says words wrong anymore so I cherished that one. And begrudgingly corrected him to appendix.

June said...

Nunderwear... that would be Pinkus version of not wearing any!

I made pumpkin bars!

*LLUVIA* said...

My niece called Santa Claus Sanclataus for a very long time when she was little. She's now 18 and we still call Santa like that.

Alex said...

We do the 'celery' too...and for years called milk 'mulk' because that was how our oldest pronounced it.

GunDiva said...

Mynastics is another one from my oldest. His dad's name is Jim and Digger was just learning proper possessives. We had him enrolled in gymnastics and he insisted they weren't "Jim's nastics", they're "MYnastics".

Nancy C said...

I say Not-necca-celery, and I always have! I student finally asked me point blank why I did that. Didn't even realize it.

That is too funny!

Michelle Pixie said...

I don't do the baby talk either with my kids but sometimes there are those phrases you can't give up!

I want to hold you translation pick me up

Dee-wish-us translation Delicious

Puck translation F*ck which probably is a good thing since the kids have been known to use it from time to time.

MLM translation M&M

Oh now I am going to have to copy this down for prosperity!

Marcela said...

Gimme Dem Nips!!! Favorite!

gayle said...

Can't think of any right now but I am always getting my words screwed up!!