And Just Like That, The Talking Begins

I can accept that a cow says mmmmmm, since Thalia is unable to somehow open her mouth after the consonant, and so simply ends the word when her cheeks puff full enough that she's forced to take a breath.

I understand that uhhhhhhhPAH! means up. Also down. They are used interchangably.

I now know that everyone has eyes, even if sometimes your nose is also your eyes.

I know that a lion says arrrrrrrrr, as does a bear, a zebra, a giraffe, and a mouse.

And I'm okay with die-die meaning bye-bye, since I know that my daughter isn't really wishing a painful demise on those whose presence she departs.

But I have to admit, it is a little tough hearing her ask for a cracker by yelling, over and over, COCK! COCK! COCK!


Blogger Unknown said...

thassallright. cows can't do vowels either. and I've yet to hear a dog say woof.

cock???! i love it. i think "cock" should be a more widely used response term. much in life is, indeed, Cock.

10/6/06, 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting...my son says "Daaaaaaa" for Down and Up. Let's get them together and see if they can work it out.

Good on you though - I had a friend who complained that her daughter wasn't "talking" yet at 18 months, but I could understand her perfectly.

10/6/06, 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hehehehe that is too cute!

10/6/06, 11:11 AM  
Blogger M said...

this is so funny! I can't wait for my daughter to start talking too...

10/6/06, 11:29 AM  
Blogger 5penny said...

Mwahahaha! Cock please!
Julia always said, "shit dowwwwn."

Kiss in hungarian is puszi /pussy/; you should totally teach her to "puszi" for a "cock!"

10/6/06, 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I predict a sexually healthy adult will be the result if her early dialogue is any indication. Right on.

10/6/06, 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too funny! My daughter says "titty" for kitty and it cracks me up.

10/6/06, 11:59 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

When my 4-yr-old was 2 he loved trucks, especially dump trucks, but had trouble pronouncing "d" and "tr." The result? "Dum Fuck, Dum Fuck, Dum Fuck!"

His teen brothers loooooooved it and paraded it out like a party trick for their friends.

10/6/06, 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How I wish my younger one would talk. I'm so tired of hearing "No!" that I'd gladly take some "Cock!"

hee hee hee hee hee

10/6/06, 12:12 PM  
Blogger Erin M said...

Mira (4) still onl occasion gets so riled up that when yelling "that's it" it sounds distinctly like "SHIT!"

pass a cock please

10/6/06, 12:29 PM  
Blogger j.sterling said...

LMFAO! HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH- omg, that is great. GREAT! at least she's not calling you a filthy whore ...... yet

10/6/06, 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's weird, I do the same thing, but not for saltines, only the club crackers.

10/6/06, 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband and I spent a good 10 minutes last night trying not to laugh but unable to figure out whether our 3 year was actually saying something about "my penis, my penis, batteries not included." Swear to God.

10/6/06, 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been nodding my head, because the whole "up" meaning "down" thing is commonplace in my house. And the only naughty thing my two year old says is "Boop". And it's not really naughty. He thinks it's funny to pinch my boob in public and yell BooooooooPPPP at the top of his lungs.

Okay, he said shit the other day and that is sooooo my fault.

Thalia is so darn cute! I love when little ones learn to talk!

10/6/06, 12:58 PM  
Blogger GIRL'S GONE CHILD said...

That's perfect.

10/6/06, 1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As good as when my little lady used to call frogs "fucks." We walked into our local pharmacy one day and there was a summer display with frogs in a swimming pool to which she yelled at the top of her lungs, "Mama, FUCKS!"

10/6/06, 1:18 PM  
Blogger Fraulein said...

Oh yes, I'm familiar with that. My daughter called crackers "cock-ers" for months. It was really interesting to hear how certain words would get clearer and clear each week. She just turned 2 and now it seems like the only word she consistently pronounces wrong is motorcycle, which comes out as "mokey-cyc-ie."

10/6/06, 1:26 PM  
Blogger pixie sticks said...

in our house it took a few weeks to figure this one out.
"sexy crab" = taxi cab.

10/6/06, 1:27 PM  
Blogger J said...

Too funny. I remember when we used to have Maya tell us what the animals said...we would say, What does the butterfly say, and she would think about it...then make a quiet little noise that sounded like "puh...puh....puh"...it was supposed to be the beating of their wings, I think. Way too cute.

I saw your comment on my blog today, so looks like you can comment all you want now. Not sure why you would have had problems in the past, but they're gone. ;)

10/6/06, 1:35 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Just hand her the rooster already!

10/6/06, 1:38 PM  
Blogger Chicky Chicky Baby said...

Apparently this is universal. My daughter's favorite words are Kuh Kuh (cracker), which sounds like she needs to poop, and Cock Cock-a (what the rooster says). She's got it right, I'm the one with the dirty mind.

10/6/06, 2:00 PM  
Blogger KatBliss said...

Kids, gotta love em!

10/6/06, 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful little trucker you have there. ;)

10/6/06, 2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

delurking (I think? I don't think I've commented before?) to say...I miss the mispronunciations so much. I regret not getting some of the funny stuff on tape.

Except for the whole clock fiasco at Great Grandma's funeral. Lila was 2.5 at the time and kept running into the vestibule to point out the giant black enameled grandfather clock that stood at attention by the front door.

wait for it...

Momma! Yook at the big bwack cock! That cock is so huuuuuuuge!

Yelled repeatedly until I just had to take her to the car.

Crackers though, there's probably a lot more opportunity for that one! heee.

I love your site, by the way. Always a delightful, interesting read.

10/6/06, 2:23 PM  
Blogger Kelly Wolfe said...

that's funny. that's what my son says for the world clock. in rooms full of people, he has been known to point to the wall and say "cock cock. look, mommy, a cock." as i slowly dig a whole and crawl into it.


10/6/06, 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son says women instead of lemon. So of course his father makes him ask very loudly in every restaurant, "Daddy can I please have some women?" Niiiiiice.

10/6/06, 2:52 PM  
Blogger MamaChristy said...

My little boy used to drop f-bombs when trying to say "frog"

It's great when you are in public.

10/6/06, 3:01 PM  
Blogger meno said...

She'll be very popular in high school. :)

Mine, at 3, when having trouble closing the fridge drawer at a friend's house, yelled "This damn drawer". Ooops...

10/6/06, 3:06 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

That is so funny. Oh the words they use. The year form one to two is the coolest for words.

10/6/06, 3:12 PM  
Blogger Jerri Ann said...

My sons call the horses a special name: "ho"....it gets embarrasing at all the parades that take place this time of the year when my kids are on the sidewalk yelling "ho ho ho" and pointing....yea, go figure!

10/6/06, 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cock and crackers must be distinguished. Because one of them does not belong in a hot bowl of soup.

10/6/06, 4:40 PM  
Blogger Jess Riley said...

Ha! Oh, that Thalia. :)

Say, maybe she just wants Chicken in a Biscuit?

10/6/06, 4:48 PM  
Blogger Kelly Wolfe said...

So funny.


10/6/06, 5:55 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

LOL! That's hilarious.

And my daughter used to tell us to die all the time when she meant "bye".

10/6/06, 8:49 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

hahaha, can't stop laughing. Unfortunately, when my girls swear, I'm pretty sure they are doing it on purpose. I blame their father.

10/6/06, 9:40 PM  
Blogger Kris Underwood said...

MMM...yes...my daughter refers to cracker as 'crack'. I find it funny. I mean, you gotta laught at some of the things kids come up with when first starting to talk. Still, I cringe just a bit when she screams for a cracker in public.

10/6/06, 9:43 PM  
Blogger josetteplank.com said...

LOL!!!!!! Oh no!!!!!!!!!

We went through a phase with my older daughter where she would point to every man she saw and scream "DADDY DADDY!" I thought the teenager working the McDonald's counter was going to faint.

10/6/06, 9:54 PM  
Blogger vasilisa said...

Go Thalia, Go! LOL

10/6/06, 10:30 PM  
Blogger Jaelithe said...

Just wait until she catches the Thomas the Tank Engine virus when she's a little older, and listen to her trying to say "Percy."

10/7/06, 1:04 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You're going to love when she sees trucks and yells Fuck Fuck Fuck. That's always a crowd pleaser.

10/7/06, 2:29 AM  
Blogger Karyn said...

Sweet merciful crap! That's too funny.

Yeah, we had to endure cries of "Fuck!" for "Truck!" for a while... and my 4yo used to refer to Percy, from the Thomas The Tank Engine series by a name that sounded alarmingly like "Pussy".

Never a dull moment... never, not once, no matter how I may need one...

10/7/06, 8:21 AM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

Now where do you suppose she learned that one?

10/7/06, 10:27 AM  
Blogger ms blue said...

In my house it is all about the cock it. (aka Chocolate)

10/7/06, 11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes...I can see how you would feel compelled to "explain" every time she asked for a saltine in public.

10/7/06, 1:47 PM  
Blogger BabyonBored said...

Elby says cock for clock. I think it's hilarious and can't wait for her to bring it public. So far, she's pointed out a "cock" in Ralphs but no one was close enough to hear. Damn.

10/7/06, 4:41 PM  
Blogger markira said...

When Mark was a wee lad, he said "titty" for "kitty." His father took him through the toy department one day and lo and behold, Barbie was wearing a sweater with a cat on it. Mark points right at 'em and yells at full volume, "Look Daddy! TITTY!!!"

I guess there were many appalled looks from the grandmotherly type standing next to them. mk

10/7/06, 7:57 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

Oh that is too cute. .

I was sad when my Big Girl learned to say umbrella, instead of umbrellalalala

10/7/06, 8:46 PM  
Blogger Girl con Queso said...

I won't mention how the Hurricane says truck.

10/7/06, 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10/7/06, 10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess you get to practice your poker face.... hooaaa!

10/7/06, 11:38 PM  
Blogger ditzymoi said...

BT has his own launguage a lot of the time and we understand every 3rd word or so ....but he alternates between "oh shit" and "oh god" (which comes out amazingly clear)whenever he drops something or if he gets a "wowie" ... I love it :)

10/8/06, 1:28 AM  
Blogger Lady M said...

Hilarious! Congrats on the new speech - well, at least most of it.

Q has a puzzle with different vehicles on it. "Epi" for airplane, car, bus, and so forth. Right now, he's saying "he-ca-ca-ca" one of the pieces. Right emphasis on the syllables and right number of syllables, so we get the idea. It's a helicopter.

10/8/06, 1:54 AM  
Blogger Cristina said...

At least YOU know what it means. And that's really all that matters. (Just try not to order crackers when you're out at a restaurant until she's a little older :) )

10/8/06, 2:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I so get the "cock" talk. Read to the end of this one: http://capacious.typepad.com/capacious/2005/10/want_dat.html.

We also had an entire car ride to the library where she said "Fire Fuck! Fire Fuck! Fire Fuck!" over and over after seeing a fire truck. Thank goodness the 5-year-old sitting next to her didn't know swears yet - he still thought "stupid" was the s-word. He may still. Let us hope.

10/8/06, 9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who says you can't put a sailor suit on a little girl? My twin 18-month olds say "doddeeee" for "doggie". It sounds like "daddy", which is lovely when they're screaming it at some muscled jogger running past their stroller. One of them says "cock" for quack. I'm trying to find an anatomically correct duck, but no luck so far.....

10/8/06, 9:55 PM  
Blogger Ericka said...


not long ago, a friend and i took her daughter to the park to feed the ducks.

to feed the ducks crackers.

which her very excited child told everyone. loudly. by pointing and screaming "fuck cock fuck cock fuck cock fuck" if i'd have made eye contact with my friend, we'd have both lost it.

10/9/06, 2:55 AM  
Blogger BlondeBrony said...

isn't it great once they start talking.

10/10/06, 1:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cock cock cock! lol

When TQ was really little she would say "mo fackers" which always made us laugh because it sounded profane :)

10/10/06, 1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Too funny.

10/10/06, 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And all this time, I thought my husband was trying to show me a cracker.

10/10/06, 2:30 PM  
Blogger Lauri said...

Well...it's better than having your son yelling "Fire fuck!" at random, just because when he thinks of one he has to yell it out loud...which, I'm certain, leaves all of the neighbors and people who pass us while we are out wondering just what his mommy and daddy are doing in there! lol!

10/10/06, 6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 4-year-old daughter has just taken to discussing the "cock, otherwise known as a bird that goes cockadoodledoo. She finds it quite amusing to say such things as Daddy Cock! Mommy Cock! Ugh...it's all really quite innocent but I can't help but cringe when she says this. Of course if I let on that there is anything remotely inappropriate about it it's all downhill from there.

10/10/06, 11:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am new to the blog scene and have been looking around for other first time mom's. I love this post! My son has started talking and some of the things that he attempts to say are funny, embarrasing and oh so cute!!

10/10/06, 11:55 PM  
Blogger NG said...

Funny post! In our house, a giraffe says "crazy tongue" along with a physical reenactment of a giraffe sticking his tongue out and wagging it all over.

10/11/06, 11:10 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

OK, I'm late on this post, but just had to add my two cents. My nephew called his socks "cock" for months. My daughter has this interesting habit of licking everything. And sucking on everything. When you try to get her to bite of something she screams "NO! I suck it!!!" I once made some lewd comment about how she's going to make some man very happy someday. My husband almost decked me. ;-)

10/11/06, 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son pronounced "truck" as "cock" for the longest time, so it was always quite embarrassing when he'd chant "daddy's cock! daddy's cock"!"

10/11/06, 7:37 PM  
Blogger Ceallach said...

For the longest time, my son would stop and out of nowhere say Fuck!


Turns out that he was not asking for a sib.

He was telling us that a truck was driving by.

Cute, with just us.

Not so cute when Seventh Day Adventist grandmother was in town.

10/11/06, 7:58 PM  

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