It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Parrot – oops

Katie is at the parrot stage. Everything you say to her, it comes right back atcha. Well, a word or two, at least.

“What a nice day!”
“Nice day!”

“”Okay, everyone. Let’s get our shoes on!”

“Let’s go to the park.”

“Do you want some cheese?”

“Gah. You need a clean diaper, miss!”

“Did your mummy bring you today?”
“Mumma b’ing!”

“Is that your daddy’s new truck?”

October 5, 2005 - Posted by | Developmental stuff, the things they say!


  1. Whoops!! 🙂 My baby girl is at that same age and boy oh boy…. you really have to watch what is said around her! Things like truck and… well, you know, get mixed up pretty easily. Maybe ‘vehicle’ would be less likely mixed up? Who knows?

    Comment by Jill | October 5, 2005 | Reply

  2. LMAO!!!

    Oh if it were me-i’d say “look at all the trucks Mia”, but i’m hateful.

    Comment by kimmyk | October 5, 2005 | Reply

  3. Jill: Oh, I don’t think you can get around it, so you may as well just enjoy it! There are so many words that can trip a kid up, there’s just no fighting it. And why, when it’s so much fun to hear them?

    Kimmyk: I don’t call it hateful, I call it survival! Dark humour gets you through dark moments.

    I get Mia to say “truck” all the time… just like I used to get my niece to say “fork”, ar,ar,ar, and my young cousin (you reading this, Jeremy??) to say “squirrel”, which came out, clear as a bell every time, “hooo-er”. LMAO!

    (Childish, I know. But such fun.)

    Comment by Mary P. | October 5, 2005 | Reply

  4. Christopher used to say “fuck” for socks. We’d say, “Christopher, what do you have there?” And he’d say, “My fucken shoes!” HA!

    And he’d say “dick” for stick. THAT was fun to hear! Once I had him saying, on video camera (I have no idea how I got him to say it) “Ter-ter ha’ big DICK!”

    Oh, my poor boy!

    Comment by misfit | October 5, 2005 | Reply

  5. Dat is the fuckin’ shizz.

    Translation: The truck ran over my shoes.

    Comment by ieatcrayonz | October 5, 2005 | Reply

  6. We had friends who sent their child off to stay with Aunt & Uncle on eweekend, and child was taught that “Now” and “Thank-you” were the same. Made for some hilarious dinner time conversation, & took ages to deprogramme!

    Master A loves singing, but rarely bothers to learn any words (or even tunes), so just makes it up as he goes along. Daddy got upset at “you’re a wanker, a wanker, a wanker, you are a wanker, we all fall down”, & even I put a stop to “Fah, fah, fah, fah, fuck, fuck, fuck” repeated ad infinitum!

    However, we woosed out of explaining what the words meant, just saying they were “silly& rude”, so I’m sure they’ll crop up again sometime:-)

    Comment by Mrs.Aginoth | October 5, 2005 | Reply

  7. out of the mouth of babes! we can hardly wait to hear what ‘sweet’ things syd will have to say. crazy stuff probably.

    Comment by jungs | October 5, 2005 | Reply

  8. “Wook Ummy, fider fuck!”
    (Look mummy, fire-truck!)

    Or my personal favourite, when I was working at second cup a mother brought in her cute little tyke (around 2) and as I handed him his juice his mother prompts him with “what do you say?” and he looks up with a beaming smile and screams out “FUNCK YOU!”

    Comment by Haley | October 5, 2005 | Reply

  9. Misfit: “fucken shoes” LOL. “Big dick” – on video, even! Good one! Save that one for the wedding.

    Crayonz: You’re the mommy who posts videos on her blog. Lauren doesn’t stand a chance, but her wedding reception will be a LOT of fun.

    For you. 🙂

    Mrs.A: That aunt and uncle must be related to the people I knew who named their dog “U-no”. What’s your dog’s name? “Uno”. You’d think it would wear thin long before the dog was no more…

    I can’t blame A Jr for choosing “wanker, wanker,wanker”. It’s such a shame it’s not in use over here, because I think it’s the single funniest derogatory term going. No idea why, but it makes me laugh every single time. Do try to catch THAT on video one day.

    And where on earth do they pick up these “silly and rude” words, anyway?

    Jungs: Oh, you’ll have lots of fun once she gets verbal, I promise. It’s one of the great perks of parenthood. Will Syd get to be silly in two languages?

    Haley: Were you quoting your little brother just then? (I remember his “vider-drux” mutation of that word, bellowed from the crib at least once a night when we lived much too close to a fire station!)

    “FUNCK YOU” had me laughing too hard to type for a solid two minutes. And did you smile right back and tell him “funck you” for being so polite??

    Comment by Mary P. | October 5, 2005 | Reply

  10. When kids mimic us we find out how silly we adults really are despite our “maturity”. Copying is fundamental to learning though. I’d like to own a parrot too, but I don’t know what I’d teach them (they don’t have a clue what they mean). I guess you’d have to make a pretty conscious decision not to teach them certain things. These comments are hilarious though about children swearing. The only thing I can remember a child saying that struck me, was that he came from his mommy’s “giant”

    Comment by sirbarrett | October 5, 2005 | Reply

  11. Reminds me of the time my nephew, then just learning to talk, couldn’t pronounce “fork” correctly. As we all ate in a restaurant, he decided to pound his fist on the table with fork in it, and yell “Fuck, fuck, fuck!” at the top of his little lungs. Entertaining, isn’t it? LOL

    Comment by Cheryl | October 5, 2005 | Reply

  12. Not swearing, but I still call milk ‘mook’ and ambulances ‘ambilances’ – thanks to my adorable Katie (20+ years ago! 🙂


    Comment by craziequeen | October 6, 2005 | Reply

  13. Mstr A wasn’t even parrotting in these instances, he was just making up sounds. He does it a lot, but occasionally they are “real” words

    Comment by Mrs.Aginoth | October 6, 2005 | Reply

  14. sirbarrett: The only bird in this house is a budgie, and he doesn’t talk! All parrotting around here is done by the toddlers, and yes, it’s endlessly amusing. A “giant”, huh? You and I know what he meant. I wonder what he thought he meant?

    Cheryl: Endlessly! Were the other diners amused or appalled?

    CQ: You can amass quite a collection of cute mispronounciations. Also complete originals: those catkins that hang from poplar trees in the spring are called “sloopshots” in my ex’s family, because of a young cousin. For a while, my youngest called her socks “gookums”, lord knows why, and my eldest called lawn sprinklers “droopy-ups”. The middle one didn’t make up words, but we’ll forever remember “vider-drux” (firetrucks) and “own-der-eye-gles” (motorcycles).

    MrsA: That makes it even funnier!

    Comment by Mary P. | October 6, 2005 | Reply

  15. Mary- I think the other diners had sort of a mixed reaction. It was endless, too. The waiter was appalled. The check came quickly. Giggle.

    I’m still laughing at your daughter’s comment. Funck you, Haley, for sharing that one.

    Comment by Cheryl | October 6, 2005 | Reply

  16. Cheryl’s story reminded me of having dinner with some native Bostonians — “fork” always sounds like “fuck” with them!

    Comment by MIM | October 7, 2005 | Reply

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