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Hooked on Phonics

November 13th, 2007

As I have mentioned before, Kenny was an early talker, and talks very, very well for his age.   He is conjugating verbs, using correct pronouns and even dabbling in past, present and future tense.   Enough to make a grammar-junkie like me proud enough to pop.

But he has these little inflections of speech that are difficult for your average observer to understand…. even Casey often has to ask for a translation.   It’s getting clearer by the day, but still comically two-ish…

For example, he is perfectly capable of pronouncing the hard “g” sound, yet still pronounces certain words with a “d”… “Damma,” “Dammie and Dampie,” and “Do it a-din!”   But he says, “Go,” “gorilla” and “gonads” (don’t ask) perfectly well.   He’ll say, “Not that one!” clearly, but then say, “My fumb is tuck in my gwove.”   He’ll crow, “Let’s buy it right now!” in the store, then wail, “I don’ wanna eat my bwoc-wee!” at dinner.   “What’s dose dies doin’?” and “What’s dat lady doin’?” are his favorite phrases of late, usually accompanied by a loud voice and a pointing finger, and repeated enough times to make the accused party and me blush.

Then there are the almost-right words… anytime he has a broken fingernail or a hangnail, he runs to me and says, “Mama!   I   have a toenail!   Get the clippers!”

My favorite, though, is when he has heard me say something that he kind-of understands, yet hasn’t caught the exact word yet, and wants to clarify things.   Today for fifteen minutes he repeated, “Where are we detting the plaind?” and it wasn’t until we were in the car on the way to Home Depot that I realized that he must have heard me tell Casey on the phone that I was off to pick up another gallon of paint.   Then as we strolled through to the paint department, he told everyone we passed, “We’re detting PLAINT!”



  1. Jennifer says

    It is so funny what they come up with. Tyler is around the same age as Kenny and he is always talking. His new phrase which I totally hate and I’m not sure where it came from is “don’t touch me”. Have any suggestions on how to get rid of it?

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  2. Alisha says

    My 2 year old does the same thing by copying everything I say. The other day my husband was bugging me and I jokingly said “Don’t even touch me.” So at church the other day I tried to make her sit down and she looked at me and said “Don’t even touch me.” I’m sure everyone thought “what an attitude for a 2year old!”

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