Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Toddlish

My 3-year-old son speaks fluent Toddlish.  Now, before you are too impressed by my child's genius, please note that you also spoke Toddlish at some point in your life.

Toddlish is the form of English that toddlers speak.

I hungie, Mama!  Whas in da fridger-fridger da eat?
I wanna watch Doda de Esploda on dat telewishin.  
Put dat ding right dare, Mama.

See.  It's adorable, right?  If Drew punched me in the mouth and said,  "I sworry, Mama.  I wuv you!", I would ask him to punch me again. 

I checked the Urban Dictionary and Toddlish is not in there!  This is a travesty, people.  But don't worry- I just notified them that a very important word was missing from the ranks of other lingual treasures such as fartriloquism and beard goggles.  Check out the Urban Dictionary's definition of blogging.  They're obviously right on the money.


But sometimes Drew speaking Toddlish is inconvenient.  I haven't spoken Toddlish in over 33 years, so I'm a little rusty.  If Drew owned his own restaurant, I probably couldn't even order Mongolian Beef in his native tongue right now. 

Recently, our language barrier has created a few misunderstandings.

"Mama, I need ass cream!"
"You need WHAT?"
(He wanted to go to Brewster's for ice cream.)
"That's a re-tard."
"Drew, never call somebody a re-tard!"
(He was referring to the Sweet Tarts on the kitchen counter.)
"I want a Christmas tree."
"Awww - that's so sweet!  Of course you can have your own Christmas tree!"
(A hundred bucks and a decorated tree later, I discovered that he was actually asking for a Rice Krispie Treat.)


Sometimes Drew not having a firm grasp on the English language comes in handy, though.

For example, Drew thinks that there are two types of burps: one that comes from your mouth and one that comes from your butt.  He doesn't call it passing gas or tooting or f-a-r-t-i-n-g (a lady always pretends that she spells that word).  He calls it a burp.

At first, I corrected him, but then I was all like WHAT AM I DOING?  This is not the issue that I want to hang my hat on.  Sure - I'll correct him on the fact that Santa will come back and get those trains if he doesn't behave or that he will never grow over 3-feet tall if he doesn't eat his broccoli .... but this?  I think I'll let this one slide. 

While in the grocery store checkout line last night, Drew said, "Excuse me, Mama.  I burped."  And since I didn't hear anything but I did smell something, I ASSumed he was referring to the business-end-kind-of-burp.   So I said, "Okay, baby, thank you" and continued to stack my groceries on the conveyor belt. 

But apparently, Drew was looking for a little more affirmation than just a simple "thank you".  Maybe a shiny trophy.  Perhaps his own unicorn.  

"Excuse me, Mama!  I burped!"  "EXCUSE ME, MAMA!!  I BURPED!!  I BURPED, MAMA!!!"  Too bad they don't sell Toddlish muzzles beside the Trident and the US Weekly magazines.



A sweet, little, old lady was standing in line behind us.  She looked like her name was probably Francis - maybe Betty - and she had just gotten a new permanent and color rinse at the beauty salon.  

She said, "My! What a polite young man you have there!  You are doing a good job raising him."
Beaming with pride, I said, "Thank you.  I appreciate that."

About that time, Drew dropped his Matchbox car on the floor and said, "WHAT THE CRAP?!"  Francis or Betty looked very disappointed in me.

Yep.  I was that close.


P.S. Toddlish made the Urban Dictionary!



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23 comments:

  1. My son, now 23 months, speaks excellent Toddlish. I on the other hand do NOT.

    For a while, he would walk around saying, "butt hole" and would get more and more aggitated as he said it. I assumed he heard one of his uncles saying butt hole and I was getting upset that they didn't watch their language... about a week later, we were at Meemaw's house and my son started screaming BUTT HOLE!!! as he turned and ran to pick up a FOOT BALL... suddenly the mysterious butt hole frustration became perfectly clear! My sweet little boy just wanted to play with a football! lol!

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  2. Ahhh Toddlish! I am a quick learner but often find myself playing the role of interpreter...prime example: My son's pronunciation of the word TRUCK comes out as kuck. Mama I have a BIG KUCK!!! I was informed by the daycare ladies that they had him physically show them what it was he wanted when he was yelling repeatedly that he wanted the big kuck...

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