Kids say the funniest things – 12 funny toddler mispronunciations

There’s nothing cuter than a toddler wrestling with words – and we’ve got the stories to prove it. By Lisa Witepski

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One day, your child will be able to pronounce words like ‘articulate’ and ‘eloquent’ with ease. For now, though, listening to them getting to grips with speech is wonderfully endearing – not to mention hilarious.

Moms share their funniest toddler mispronunciations:

  • “When I returned from a holiday in Egypt, my niece excitedly asked me to tell her all about ‘the Stink’. You know, that giant statue of a lion with the head of a man, aka the Sphinx.” – Lisa, aunt of Jaime (4).
  • “My daughter solemnly told me that if I didn’t dry carefully between her toes, she would get ‘Ashley’s foot’.” –Julie, mom of Caitlin (4).
  • “My son’s favourite thing is to sprinkle ‘silliman’ and sugar on his French toast.” – Samantha, mom of Joseph (5).
  • “Ever since I chased a wasp out the house, my daughter has had a phobia of ‘wasks’.” – Sonia, mom of Erin (3).
  • “My daughter used to worry that if she sat on the toilet too long, she would get ‘high heels’ (piles).” – Sarah, mom of Jemima (4).
  • “My son used to complain that he got pain in his ‘forehead head’ when he had a headache.” – Christia, mom of Matthew (4).
  • “I once mentioned that something smelled bad and had a strong scent. For ages afterwards, my daughter used to say that smelly things were ‘centre’.” – Justine, mom of Dominique (4).
  • “My daughter was once distressed that I was about to forget my lunch when I was on my way to work. She helped me out by calling, ‘Don’t getfor your lunch.’” – Kirsten, mom of Emily (3).
  • “My kids are always moaning that the meals I cook them are ‘bisgusting’.” – Kerry, mom of Mia (2) and Liv (5).
  • “My niece gave me the world’s worst nickname – Arsa. I can only assume it’s an amalgamation of ‘aunt’ and ‘Lisa’, but it’s odd to hear someone affectionately calling you ‘Arsie’.” – Lisa, aunt of Kate (5).
  • “My son says ‘rectal’ instead of rectangle, and cucumbers are ‘cubumbers’.” – Chevorne, mom of Rupert (4).
  • “My son calls pineapples ‘pine-poephols’.” – Shane, mom of Jack (4).

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