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).
In her 16 years as journalist, Lisa Witepski’s work has appeared in most of South Africa’s leading publications, including the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Entrepreneur and Financial Mail. She has written for a number of women’s magazines, including Living & Loving, Essentials and many others, across topics from lifestyle to travel, wellness, business and finance. She is a former acting Johannesburg Bureau Chief for Cosmopolitan, and former Features Editor at Travel News Weekly, but, above all, a besotted mom to Leya and Jessica. Lisa blogs at whydoialwayscravecake.blogspot.com and lisa.witepski.blogspot.com, and tweets at @LisaWitepski.