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50 Words Kids Mispronounce in the Most Hilarious & Adorable Ways

Sometimes kids say the funniest things when they’re trying really hard not to.

By Leah Maxwell

If you think about it, it’s pretty mind-blowing the way children go from knowing zero words to hundreds of words in just a few short years. Add to this that the English language doesn’t always make a lot of sense, and what you have is a recipe for kids to produce some truly memorable mistakes.

From understandable verbal flip-flops (whose kid hasn’t called it “pasketti” at least once?) to truly perplexing substitutions (one mom says for a long time her son insisted “monkey” was pronounced “bacon”), we’ve collected 50 of the most adorable (and G-rated) linguistic mix-ups for your reading pleasure. Add yours in the comments!

1. cuzzle = cuddle + snuggle

2. tummyegg = tummy ache

3. mow lawner = lawnmower

4. gingerella = ginger ale

5. I beg your apartment! = I beg your pardon!

6. Master Don = mastodon

7. baboo baboo = washing machine (because that’s the sound it makes)

8. hanga-burr, hankerner = hamburger

9. pack-pack = backpack

10. pee-poos = people

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11. spigalus = asparagus

12. hockachonut = chocolate doughnut

13. tish-me = tissue (get it?)

14. deeyos = cereal

15. hoppalopter = helicopter

16. soosaur = dinosaur

17. mazagine = magazine

18. the Disco = San Francisco

19. soupcase = suitcase

20. beltseat = seatbelt

21. babybug = ladybug

22. glitter box = litter box (Which one would you rather clean?)

23. shuggle = shovel

24. boob shirt = bra

25. tellybutton = bellybutton

26. eye tacks = contacts

27. Jupertee = Jupiter


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28. camel = cow

29. Norm-eye = Norah (her own name)

30. dubbadow = W

31. Stayjack and Hannah Huh-why = Pat Sajak and Vanna White

32. uncle = aunt

33. salibrary = library

34. stingers and stumbs = fingers and thumbs

35. amblie-ance = ambulance

36. “Stop coppering me!” = “Stop copying me.”

37. smashmellows = marshmallows

38. wee-wee = TV

39. habagoos = graham crackers (Not even his own mother understands this one.)

40. podo = pillow

41. bagel cakes = doughnuts

42. black blueberries = blackberries

43. headford = forehead

44. sparking pot = parking spot

45. frog = fog (“It sure looks froggy out. So much frog!”)

46. hopperdot, hostable = hospital

47. foondie = smoothie

48. shocking pops = shopping carts

49. bink-int = bacon

50. alligator = elevator

As for me, now that I’ve learned how fleeting these sorts of mispronunciations are, I find myself in no rush to correct my kids and am actually more likely to permanently adopt their linguistic accidents into our family lexicon. I almost want to serve them popcorn and hummus every night just so I can hear them say “cop core” and “tummus” as often as possible before they grow out of it.

What are your favorite kid mispronunciations?

Leah Maxwell is a book editor, freelance writer, cereal addict, wife, and mom to two young boys. She has been blogging at A Girl and a Boy since 2003.

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