My brother called cucumber “bocum” when he was two. He has just turned 20 and the whole family still calls it bocum!

This post is a celebration of kid-speak. Those precious words, you know, the ones your child makes up, or muddles up, that bring such a freshness to language that your family repeats them for years? I just love them!

In the haze of the last few years intensity, I do not remember many neologisms from our elder two children, I’m sure I stashed them away on a scrap of paper at the bottom of their file in the filing cabinet. The only ones I remember are Timmy’s ham-pine car-vester, and then pine cone harvester for combine harvester.

And Merrily’s wonderful phrase which she still uses: “I’m true” – which means I’m telling the truth. But I just love that turn of phrase – I’m true!

But at three Ash is in full flow and has so many sweet ones that I want to share and remember here.

For about a year she called an elephant a sur-lap. That took a lot of figuring out – but we all call them that now!

Dogglers are what she calls goggles – my heart just melts every time she asks me to put her dogglers on – it’s like proper BFG-speak.

Now, where be your dogglers, little girl? 

And then yesterday she asked Patrick to take her badger off. She meant her badge of course, but my mind was conjuring up images of cute black and white furry creatures!

In our household female gentalia is called a yoni – but the way she says it sounds like own-y – which is rather lovely – my own-y, as in my very own special part of me. And friend’s son calls his genetalia peanuts – a great combination of penis and nuts!

And yesterday she was telling me that they were playing with a power suit at play school, it took me a while to realise that she meant parachute!

And then of courses there’s Paptin Hook.  Who sounds much less scary than the real pirate captain!

Please do share your family’s kid-speak below! I can’t wait to hear their funny, creative uses of language!

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