Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Oh the things they do say...

I was just reading Amanda from Household Six's blog and something made me really laugh.

Want to know what it is?

Amanda was discussing the things that kids say and among them was the expression 'legpits', the lower body version of armpits if you will. If my sister is reading this now, she'll have the same smile and memory as me, because we used to call them legpits as well! Oh the genius of youth because really, it makes complete sense (and still does to me).

I actually have a small book dedicated to the kidisms we hear around here and when a good one comes along, it is quickly written down so not to be forgotten. Among my favourites from my own children are earmuffins, fingerlids (fingernails obviously) and eyeflashes. But then there are the misunderstandings as well, when you know they just haven't understood exactly what the correct wording is. One example I remember is the famous Alice in Turnipland (as the translation from her French Alice au pays des navets would be) and when my oldest declared that she was born in 'get down'. 'Get down' you ask? Well yes. You see, she's born in December or d├ęcembre in French which sounds ever so slightly like the verb descendre or, you guessed it, to go down.

There are also the very logical explanations to such things like why daddy writes with his left hand ("He's French you know") and who is on British coins ("The queen of Snow White of course").

But maybe the best is when you listen in on your children talking among themselves:

"In Egypt, there is a huge statue with the head in a mask and the body of a lion. It's called the Great Stinks."

12 comments:

Hope Spencer said...

I taught for 12 years, I love those kid-isms! Kids are the best!

Sylvia C. said...

These are great!
I also think it's important to write these things down, or you'll never remember!

My niece has a few funnies from when she was younger:
Menamaw = Watermelon
Yorget = Yogurt

it's too cute!

Sylvia

Duni said...

Haha - I love this post, especially the part about left-handers being 'French'.

Kreativlink said...

Ahaha... adorable! :)

Rita from alatvian.etsy.com said...

Sweet!

ira said...

kids just so fun with the languages, I can't help myself not to smile when listen my dauhgter talks, her English and French mixed up so much!:)

kraplap said...

very cute post ! I loved the descendre month !

Star of the East said...

Such a sweet story, kids indeed finds great words!

MommyMo said...

Hi Gretchen!
This reminds me of something Aidan used to say. When we would pack for our trips to NY, he would gather all his toys and ask for his "soup case." The cutest part is how serious they are!

Maureen

Cupcake said...

Oh I love the funny things kids say. I don't want my girls to ever stop saying Smarshmallows. So cute about the "great stinks". I laughed out loud - really :-)

Macedo said...

I always thought that it was Allison Wonderland and that Wonderland was a silly last name.

Chichiboulie said...

seriously? I think Wonderland would be a fabulous last name!