Parenthood changes your heart, your mind, your body, your bank account, your furniture, your backseat, your carpet, your TV-watching, your (ahem!) love life, your wardrobe and your sleep. But it also forever alters your vocabulary. My brother and I used to roll our eyes at our parents when they used our "baby words" in place of the right ones--"macky-noo" for vacuum, "pension stick" for thermometer, etc. Yet here I am, a mother, and I find our family's vocabulary permanently transformed by my children's bumbling and adorable way of saying things. Here is a small sampling of some family favorites ("real" word in green):
Mean poopy -- diarrhea
Daddy juice -- Dr. Pepper
Kee-nonnies -- chicken nuggets
Giant weck-tangle -- big-screen TV
Hock-a-doo -- helicopter
Baby Bobs -- cherry tomatoes (think Veggie Tales)
Smashed potatoes -- mashed potatoes
Homa-homa -- Oklahoma (where we live)
Chicken-chicken-pie-pie -- chicken pot pie
Licka-nodeon -- Nickelodeon
So, here's where it gets fun. Admit it, you all do it too. In my comments section, share the funny terms your kids created that you'll still be using when they're in college.
EDITED TO ADD: Be sure you scroll down and see the hilarious comment by RSD...that's my brother! His funny story about how my niece says "fork"...well, I'm laughing out loud.