If you have a toddler, or have been around a toddler, you already know what this means. If not, allow me to explain.
Toddlers speak their own language and it’s up to us, as the adult figures in their lives, to interpret exactly what it is they’re saying before a major meltdown has the chance to present itself.
They don’t hear that the way they’re saying some of these foreign words is any different from the way they hear someone else saying them. It can be frustrating, especially in the wake of the aforementioned meltdown, when all they do is repeat, through tears and at the top of their lungs, the same word that you are completely incapable of identifying… over and over and over again.
Around here, though, we find some of these words/phrases so endearing that we, the adults, actually incorporate them into our own vocabularies. I decided I would put together a list of 10 of my favorite toddler-isms that have surfaced in this house over the years because, honestly? They’re adorable. And I like sharing adorable things. Don’t worry; the real words have been provided as well, just in case you don’t speak toddler.
So, without further ado, the list!
1. Blelly – Belly
2. Nonga Bar – Granola Bar
3. Manna – Banana
4. Gooby Goop or Gooby Gooby – Scooby Doo
5. Die-mins – Vitamins
6. Beeee! – Brrrr!
7. Way Dee Doe? – Where’d he go?
8. Doo-Me Doo-Me – Umizoomi (as in “Team Umizoomi”)
9. Loe-git – Yogurt
and last, but not least:
10. Nuke Nack – Fruit Snacks
Those are my favorites.. some have been around for only a short while and others have been here for close to 5 years.
But… whether they’re old or they’re new?
I love all of them equally.
What foreign words have circulated your house?