You heard that correctly.

I know I’m not being even remotely original here, but I am going to say it anyway…I don’t correct Mary Claire when she pronounces words incorrectly. As long as the word sounds cute, I just let it be. I know there are plenty of other degenerate parents out there who do this too, so I’m not blazing any new trails here.


I’m sure MC’s kindergarten teacher will correct her poor grammar. That’s what kindergarten is for, right? Kindergarten teachers reverse years of idiotic parental damage? Maybe I’m off here, but that’s what I was presuming…

When my older kids were toddlers I encouraged them to mispronounce words in a cute way too. And I’m happy to report that it hasn’t affected them negatively at all, they can make words real good for mostly. In fact. up until recently I really didn’t see any reason why I should stop doing this….

That is, until the day I offered a guest a glass of “wah-wee”. (I know it sounds bathroom related, but I assure you I just meant “water”). “Are you thirsty? Would you like a glass of wah-wee?” And that’s when it hit me, I’m regressing. Its becoming second nature for me to use baby talk like its actual, legit spoken English. I don’t even think about it. The weird words just spill out.


Eli likes to pick a book off our book shelf to take with him every time we leave the house. He can’t read, he just likes to carry a book around. He drags it into the store and everything. So I feel pretty confident that his choices in intellectual literature will help offset any moments where I might use the word “wah-wee”.

And believe me, “wah-wee” is only the tip of the iceberg. I shout out mispronounced animal names like its my job…


It’s a “hat”!!!! (It’s cute when Mary Claire calls a cat a “hat”, but when I say it people will think I’ve been day drinking.)

It’s the same thing with fish. I have been calling fish “bishey’s” for so long now that the actual word “fish” sounds weird to me.


My kids have always wanted to have a bishey for a pet…but *I* think bishey’s smell, so I haven’t said yes…yet. But maybe if Mary Claire requests a “bishey” I won’t be able to resist.

I’m sure when Mary Claire stops mispronouncing things, I will too (at least one would hope so). But until then, I have to admit, I kind of enjoy it.


There is something about the way “fludderfly” and “cheepies” just roll of the tongue.


11 thoughts on “You heard that correctly.

  1. The people in charge of naming animals SHOULD consult MC before choosing. I’d much rather go to the zoo and pay the price of admission to see cheepies vs. seeing boring old birds…blah.
    And btw, Eli is the King of WOO–Winning Over Others. He wrote the book…or just carried it around.

  2. Ha! Yes, we’re the same way here. Luke calls Darth Vader – Darth Mater (like tomator but without the “T”)
    So I very often – without even realizing it anymore – will also talk about Darth Mater with other kids and grown-ups.

  3. It’s actually an academic thing– your family has its own language! 🙂

    I think I cried when my toddler started pronouncing her siblings’ names correctly. It was the end of an era.

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  5. Are there really crazy people out there who correct their children’s mispronunciations? I hope I never meet one.
    My twins say “my” instead of I. We all do it sometimes now. “My going oo-see now”, I say as I head out to hang up laundry. They have recently started pronouncing short ‘a’ like Americans instead of say “ah” like “pahnts” and “Sahm” and “bahf-time” (bath time). I’m so sad about that. My 18 mo old says “chompy” instead of chipmunk. As if chipmunks weren’t cute enough already, now we get to call them chompys.

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