Z Speak

I grew up in a family where we were expected to speak grammatically and pronounce words correctly. No cutesy baby talk of any kind. (My mom was a speech therapist. Mispronunciation was like nails on a chalkboard!) My husband, on the other hand, comes from a family who embraced his every idiosyncratic utterance. To this day, they pronounce the word "turkey" as "tiktee" because that was how T said it when he was little.

The jury is still out on whether our family will use Z-isms for the long haul, but I think we probably will. Here are some of the unique phrases I heard her use today.

Mote = Remote control. I bet this one is a keeper.

Mento cheese = Pimento cheese. Her favorite lunch!

Disrepeer = Disappear. As in, "Mama, my shoes have disrepeered!"

Hand muffs = Hand cuffs. She was playing with her brothers police dress-up gear and asked if I would please open the hand muffs.

I'm sure there are others, but now that I sit down to the computer, I can't think of any more. I am equally sure I will be visiting this topic again!


  1. I love them, love them, love them! That's totally my kind of speak. I use mote too and I can't remember that I ever even used the word remote. Your house rocks!

  2. Those are all so cute. Thank goodness you're writing all of this down. When my 12 year old asks me about his first word all I can muster is a blank stare. I thought I'd remember those things forever, what was I thinking? I didn't know I was such a bad mommy until it was too late.

  3. These are great!!! I love kidisms :)


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