From The Mouths Of Babes: Idioms

December 23, 2010 by Michelle

I always find it interesting to hear how children speak. So often they sound like their parents or other adults they hang around regularly. Sometimes the things that come out of their mouths make you realize just what you sound like – sometimes to your chagrin (or at least mine?).

This time? I just giggled.

The wee ones were – without being asked – putting away all their laundry, and they were so proud of themselves. Mister Man paused on his way to his room, his arms laden with shirts and pants he’d somehow managed to hang – properly, mind you – all on his own.

I’m really going to town* heating up the gas** now, aren’t I, Mommy! he exclaimed, then zoomed on by.

Ummm. You’ve almost got it, Buddy. I think we need a little more practice before we take that one elsewhere though.

* One of us somewhere along the line once told Mister Man that he was really “going to town” while eating something. He thought that was the funniest thing he’d ever heard and absolutely loves that expression. He uses it in every conceivable situation he can.

** He really meant that he was “cooking with gas” which I’ll admit is something he learned from me. Or almost learned from me, anyway.

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  • Tara R.

    That is so cute. It's funny to hear our kids parrot back our quips and often used phrases.

  • Melisa with one S

    SO CUTE! He'll get it right one day, but I like this better.

  • Susie

    Kids are hilarious! I knew my youngest was listening to me when she said, “what a long and interesting story”:-)

  • Laural Out Loud

    I'm always mixing up sayings! My kids have no chance of ever getting them right, lol. And I really like “heating up the gas.” It makes sense!

  • One Petal At A Time

    lol kids are funny. Thats just too cute.

  • Pat

    “Or otherwise” was a phrase I must have used often, as in, “Finish what's on your plate, or otherwise, no dessert.” But when they were very young, it came out as “rudderize.” Me: “Timmy, come on, it's bedtime.” Timmy, age 3: “But I have to pick up my toyth, rudderize Daddy will confinthcate them.” (confinthcate=confiscate) Jerry would pick up any toys left on the living room floor and they'd have to “buy” them back at a nickle or dime each. So they knew what confiscate meant.

    I love the way kids say things we've often said, too, in their own inimitable way!

  • Kimberly

    Love it when they get things mixed up. Until last year, my younger son (then 9) would say when ordering a combo meal at a restaurant:

    “with a MED coke” – Used to make his older brother and I just giggle!

  • Michelle

    Tara – I love it … most of the time. Then I hear some things (especially from my parents) and cringe 😉

    Melisa – I know. His interpretation is so cute, isn't it?

    Susie – Ha! That's precious, too. I love it.

    Laural – My mom did the same thing with song lyrics, but somehow my sister and I came out singing them right. Mostly. It'll work out.

    One Petal At A Time – Aren't they though? It's those little things that make it all worthwhile.

    Pat – Ahhh, it's the mispronunciation coupled with the misunderstanding of words that's just perfect!

    Kimberly – Awesome! I love that combination, but hey – obviously he's reading, right?

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