My call for you to share some of the comical things your toddlers said as they learned to master English drew some great responses. Tami sent in several kidspeak funnies:
My daughter called grilled cheese sandwiches, girl-cheese sandwiches. My son would ask for a boy-cheese sandwich.
Someone offered my daughter a drumstick at a picnic. She said she’d like one. When they gave her a piece of chicken, she said, “Hey, this isn’t ice cream.”
My son was only interested in basic “American” foods like mac and cheese and chicken nuggets. We’d have Italian or Indian or Greek food for dinner and he’d tell us he wasn’t a “different country eater.”
Sunscreen was sun scream.
Headphones were listeners.
A needle at the doctor’s office was that pokey thing.
It’s so easy to understand where the writers of Nickelodeon’s early 90s, animated show Rugrats came up with their best toddler talk. Here are a few fave entries from The Harry Chronicles, the journal I kept of my son’s most memorable moments and sayings.
When Harry was 2 and wanted some candy from my purse, he asked for “life jacket savers.”
When the kids in preschool were being weighed, Harry said, “My mom weighs a diet.”
Harry and I were driving home from first grade when a car came out of nowhere and almost cut me off. I had to swerve, and Harry exclaimed, “Jesus Crisis!”
I hope you’ll send me some of your kids’ funnies. They absolutely make my day!
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