12 Words Kids Mispronounce

My family, like any other, has its own weird language.

As my children have learned to speak, they have adopted their own way of saying things. For the longest time, Charlie called his big brother “Zakky.” He was just unable to get that other syllable out and call him “Zacharie.” The day he finally fully pronounced the name was bittersweet. We cheered his grown up achievement, and lamented the loss of baby talk.

So it is with that kind of melancholy that we often don’t correct the words kids mispronounce in our family. That silly extra vowel or consonant becomes a unique character trait we want to save and bottle forever.

Thankfully, our kids’ mispronunciations haven’t gone as extreme as the Dump Truck incident that Whit Honea hilariously experienced.

Check that, there was the time my 3-year-old came home from preschool and decided to delight us with a rendition of Ring Around The Rosie.

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  • Kids Say The Darndest Things 1 of 10
    12 Words My Kids Can't Pronounce

    Check out a dozen words my kids and the kids of others blurt out and we will never correct.

  • Ho Towel 2 of 10

    Two distinct words. Ho. Towel. This one started a few years ago when my parents visited and stayed at a hotel with a pool. "Me want to go to the ho towel," Charlie would ask. Ever since, when we book a vacation he will ask to stay at a "ho towel" with a pool.
    Image via UggBoy UggGirl

  • Gam 3 of 10

    Charlie loves jam, but you'd be forgiven if you thought he was a leg man. When asking for his favorite sandwich, he'll wish for "peanut butter and gam." Hard g, just like in GIF.
    Image via Whitney

  • Spicabonie 4 of 10

    Despicable Me is one of our family's favorite films, but around here it is called Spicabonie. The minions are Spicabonies, Gru is Spicabonie, the movie is Spicabonie. It is all encompassing. Best part? Zacharie started this before Charlie could talk and it is now an accepted pronounciation in our family.
    Image via Sonny Abesamis

  • Dark Vader 5 of 10

    Also known as Darf Vader or Dart Vader, but never Darth Vader.
    Image via Buzz Bishop

  • Umvellium Vulcan 6 of 10

    I don't know why Zacharie took something simple to pronounce and made it more difficult, but he did.
    Image via Buzz Bishop

  • Bagina 7 of 10

    I don't think we're the only ones who have heard this mispronunciation, but hey—at least I'm trying to teach my kids the right names for body parts.
    Image via Joe

  • Yemen 8 of 10

    Alan's son has had a few mispronunciations over the years. "Copa Tatan" was Captain America. "Hoe mock" is mohawk. And he calls his best friend William, "Yemen." If only we all had small countries as friends."
    Image via Google Maps

  • Forkhead 9 of 10

    Eric offered up this mispronunciation of forehead, and I'd be tempted to never change it.
    Image via Eric Ferdinand

  • Boney Tail 10 of 10

    Adam's 3-year-old doesn't have ponytails! They're called a different, slightly more questionable, name.
    Image via Brett Jordan

I’ll keep it clean for the rest of the mispronunciations my kids serve up.

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