It’s time to play more cute words made up by kids that should be integrated into the English language because kids are pretty good linguists.
My son is famous (well, not famous famous, but famous in our household) for making up words. He’s not trying to make them up. He just comes up with words that sound like they should be words. And he’s right. They all make sense.
Like worser. He’ll say, “I feel worser today than yesterday,” and when you think about it, it’s perfectly logical. He’s following the typical grammar rules only in this case they don’t apply.
The same goes for “more downer.” If I’m scratching his back, but I haven’t hit the right spot, he’ll say, “Can you scratch more downer?” To which I say, “Why, yes, I can scratch more downer.” His meaning was clear.
He also says “more funer,” which I think may mean a something that’s more fun than than fun. It’s more funer! When used in a sentence by Crazy, he’ll say something like, “Xbox is more funer than anything else in life.”
But Crazy doesn’t just create words that are approximations of actual words. He also comes up with completely new words, and while they don’t exist in the real word, they make absolute sense when used in context. When he said his hand felt “zizzy” because he’d been sitting on it for a while, I knew exactly what he meant. In Crazy’s world zizzy meant buzzing or vibrating. And why not? Does zizzy not perfectly describe the feeling you get when a body part falls asleep?
Then there are the words that are real words only he lops off a syllable or two or he just mispronounces it, but I love those words just as much. He’ll say, “The stupid pyooter isn’t working,” meaning the computer. He also says, “posta” as in “I was posta hand in my science project today, but I forgot.” It’s short for “supposed to.”
When he was real little he used to say “friderator” as in, “I want my milk in the friderator.” But my all time favorite is “peepamas.” We all started using it. I’d say, “Alright, time to get ready for bed. Go put on your peepamas.”
This last one, sadly, Crazy can’t claim, but it’s brilliant. A friend’s kid coined this one. Hanitizer. It’s a portmanteau combining hand and sanitizer. It’s quick, efficient and to the point. Why mess with extra words? Preschoolers don’t even have time for that anymore.
Of course, I should probably mention my son is a foreigner. He was adopted from Russia and knew no English when he came home. But he never had trouble getting his point across. I always understood him. Some may say he needs speech therapy, but I say he’s adorable.*
*He is adorable, but I did get him speech therapy although it almost broke my heart when he no longer said peepamas.
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