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Figuring It Out

By Monica Bielanko |

My little T-Rex

Violet is speaking in full sentences now.  She is really big on the word “mommy” which thrills me to death.  Generally I can understand what she’s saying, but there are a few phrases that take some work.

“Phew, that was close” took me a while.

“Excuse me” was tough to make out initially as it sounded more like “scoozy me”.

She also flips into Spanish because we let her watch Dora too much our child is clearly a genius which can make understanding her difficult.  “Abwayuh” stumped me for the longest time until I realized she meant “abuela” which is Spanish for grandmother.

But, for the most part, I’ve prided myself on being able to figure out everything she’s saying.  Except for one damned word she uttered for the entire month of October.


Usually I’d hear the word mixed in while she was babbling to herself about something or other.  Then I noticed she was using it when reading books but I couldn’t figure it out.  I mean, is she talking about police officers and soup?  Cop soups?  What the hell is a copsoup?  It wasn’t until we went down the Halloween aisle at Walmart and it suddenly became clear.

Can you guess what she was saying?

“Look at all the copsoups, mommy!”

Still stumped?


My kid had been babbling about costumes.  She saw them and heard me read about them in the Halloween books grandma sent in the mail, she saw them in all the Halloween specials Nick Jr. runs and finally, she saw them in person when we trekked down the costume aisle at Walmart.

“OOOooh.  Look at all the copsoups, mommy!”



FINALLY.  I knew what all this copsoup talk was about.  So we bought Violet her very own dinosaur copsoup which she proudly dragged around for days (even insisting he get his own spot in the shopping cart at Target) and finally wore on Halloween when we “chick-a-cheated”  every neighbor on the street.

What strange word concoctions have your kids come up with to replace everyday words, either because that’s what they’re hearing or because they can’t pronounce the actual word?

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About Monica Bielanko


Monica Bielanko

Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Figuring It Out

  1. Christine says:

    For a few (short) weeks, motorcycle was “motorbikle.”

    chocolate was “chlock-lit”

    My absolute favorite was a song. It goes Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah. Praise Ye the Lord. My daughter sang it CRAZY the Lord!!!

  2. Anna says:

    When my daughter was a toddler, my favourite mispronunciation of hers was the way she pronounced rice krispies: “ice cream bees”. When my son came along, he called them “rice pickies”. :)

  3. El says:

    My son said “anenen” for fire engine and “tacitoe” for helicopter. Those were hard.

  4. Katie says:

    One of my friend’s kids called penguins “may-mays” for the longest time. And another calls her bathingsuit a babysoup.

  5. LN says:

    my big brother (now 40 with kids of his own) called Motorcycles – Motorhmmhmm’s LOL – My mom still has no idea ow her came up with that!
    My sister (now 38) used to say (from a commercial in the 70′s) ‘it’s not nice to fool Mother Bature!’ :) )

  6. Donna says:

    My one-year old said something like “ee-boo-keem” for ice cream for months. I was kind of sad when he started pronouncing it correctly.

  7. Louellen says:

    I just have to ask, are you pushing two carts around Target??

  8. Mandy says:

    I thought “breaking the law” was “breaking the log”…and at about 7 years old, I’d heard of “Arsenio Hall” so when my parents told me we were going to “our city hall” my response was “Coooool, i’ve heard of him”…it took them a couple minutes to figure that one out.

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