Wita’s Words


One of my favorite things about being a parent is listening to my children’s mispronunciations and grammatical gaffes. I mean, COME ON. It’s adorable. Especially when you’re engaged in a serious convo. Wita is the master of these flubs, and I will never EVER correct her. Here are some of my favorites.

“toncats” (contacts)

“brickles” (pickles)

“anyfang” (anything)

“photocoffee” (photocopy)

“It’s bendy!” (It’s windy!)

“scaremony” (ceremony)

“stachios” (pistachios)

“olmans” (almonds)

“fooder” (waiter/restaurant worker)

“My tummy is wiggling.” (I’m hungry.)

All past tense verbs are pronounced with emphasis on “ed.” For example. touch-ED, eat-ED, sing-ED, work-ED

“chilada cheeses & lemon caders” – (cheese enchiladas & margaritas…I have no idea, people. And yes, we consume a lot of those.)

“rapartment” (apartment)

“unraser” (eraser)

“rustructions” (instructions)

“waps” (wasps)

“piggy bank ride” (piggy back ride)

“mingos” (mangos)

“extrasize” (exercise)

“You are SO dang it!” (You are so mad!)


What are some of your little ones’ mispronunciations? They sure make me smile!

photo credit: Aurelia D’Amore

  1. Olivia

    October 13, 2014 at 7:40 am

    My son is two and a half. My favorite is “hop-a-got” = I forgot. My daughter said “merote” for remote for longest time, and I nearly died laughing when she said, “I have a dry unicorn on my finger.” It was a dry cuticle.

  2. Rachel

    October 13, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Oh I love this! J still has a couple of phrases that I can’t quite bring myself to break him of. He still says “reposed to” instead of “supposed to” and “fretzels” instead of “pretzels.” Love.

  3. Brittany

    October 13, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Pupcake = cupcake
    Backyarden = backyard

  4. Abba

    October 13, 2014 at 9:16 am

    My son had some good ones:

    “molders” = molars

    “refrigalator” = refrigerator

    “sflash” = splash (for awhile he would replace the p-sounds with f-sounds in everything)

    “coffeebucks” = Starbucks

  5. Jamie Knupp

    October 13, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Oh I could go on forever with my little guys mispronunciations… A few of my favorites are “eeper” – spider, “mingas” – fingers, “noolooloos” – noodles, and “manga” – banana. He has trouble making his “L” sounds so there’s a bunch of others. I’m really going to miss these when he gets older :(

  6. Kristen

    October 13, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Oh my gosh, I love these! My daughter is the same age as Wita and she has some similar mispronunciations!
    Tank talk – Tank top
    Tot knot – Top knot (high bun in her hair)
    reraser – Eraser
    And my very favorite is arm pint – arm pit.

  7. Erin

    October 13, 2014 at 9:46 am

    My 4 year old Nora continues to call pig tails “pink tails”. It’s too cute to correct.

  8. Shelly

    October 13, 2014 at 10:05 am

    “upside over” for “upside down”
    “jethro” for “afro”
    “the itchy bithcy spider” for yep the “itsy bitsy spider”
    and my all time favorite “The Nutcrapper” for the “Nutcracker”

  9. Shauna B

    October 13, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I love this, too! My “free”(3) year old says:
    Pop-bicycles (popsicles)
    Man-a-can (mannequin, but that’s what he calls any statue)
    Ba-zert (dessert)
    The cracker room (pantry)
    He turns nouns into verbs, like go benching (to sit on a bench), want to chalk, etc.
    And once he started his prayers with, “What’s crack-a-lackin Jesus?”

  10. Jen

    October 13, 2014 at 11:33 am

    It was a sad day when my sons outgrew their mispronunciations. Here are some of my favorites:

    callerpitter = caterpillar
    comftertable = comfortable
    mow lawner and/or low mawner = lawn mower
    insterting = interesting
    gift certicicate = gift certificate

    Callerpitter is my all time favorite. I sometimes still use the word, well, just because.

  11. Maggie Mason

    October 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Did Laura Mayes ever tell you that her little guy used to say “PARADE!” instead of “hooray?” Oh, that kid.

  12. Elaine

    October 13, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I don’t know how “cute” this is, but our now 2 year old used to pronounce bridge as b*tch. And because we were so mature we would then say things like “Paul, say Daddy is your bridge.” Real funny. :)

  13. ohjennymae

    October 13, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    molly used to say ‘go’ at the beginning of most words. Some favorites are gonanas, gojamas, golami, goninja, gogiraffe, and gonaculars.

  14. michelleLG

    October 13, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    My daughter (2.5yo) says “esser-SIZEin” (exercising) and she calls her cousin Ruthie “FeeFee” which I will never correct. :) also, “I don’t do it” when she can’t manage something herself. Last one: my husband has been singing “take me out to the ball game” as her bedtime lullaby since she was about 18mo, so she reffers to the going-to-bed process as “take you ball game” :)

  15. Jill Will Run

    October 13, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    My two-year-old’s fun sayings:

    When saying goodbye she says, “Bye. Later. Turtles. Adios.” I think the “turtles” came from hearing someone say “Toodles” one time.

    She calls herself baby and uses the term “own self” a lot. Like, “Baby drive own self home.” and “Baby walk own self.”