Figuring It Out

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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