November 26, 2010
Our column about the "The KidDictionary: Words Parents Need To Describe Their Kids" garnered a lot of reaction from our readers in e-mail and on Facebook. Here are a few of their suggested words:
Daman suggested the word pottysitting to describe the act of taking your baby/toddler into the bathroom with you so you can do your "business" and watch the kid at the same time.
Kim says she uses the phrase stinkin thinkin to describe negative words like stupid, ugly, dumb, hate or all swear words. Grow-food = healthy food. No-grow-food = junk food/candy.
"My grandmother always used a word 'vershmecklick' to describe a mess or something chaotic," said Jenny. "I use it all the time and people think I'm speaking gibberish."
Elicia wrote "We use woojee wooje, as in 'go wash your hands and give them a good woojee woojee.' Or 'you need to woojee that sunscreen in more'.
Elizabeth says, "My daughter Carrie misunderstood the phrase 'vow of silence'... and instead would take a 'bow of silence'... complete with a bow... when she was irritated with Mom and Dad and didn't want to talk to them."
Heather says that her kids use the phrase cheese and rice rather than saying "Jesus Christ."
Martha suggested the addition of assplosion, which is when a diaper overflows, requiring the throwing out of whatever outfit the child was wearing.
And finally, KidDictionary author Eric Ruhalter sent a few more for us to consider:
DRINKLE (DRING-kuhl) n.: The liquid burst emitted from the little straw when a child squeezes their juice box too tightly.
HYPOCRITICIZE (hip-o-CRITT-iss-IZE) v: To yell at your kids to keep their voices down.
PHANTOMOLITION (FAN-tum-o-lish-uhn) n: When something gets broken but no one did it.
BOOTALITY (boo-TAHL-uh-tee) n : A child's notion that "keep your hands to yourself" does not preclude them from kicking someone.
MACOUSTICS (mah-COO-stiks) n: The frequency of a mother's voice that her children find so easy to ignore.
BLUBBERISH (BLUH-behr-ish) n: The incomprehensible breathless stammering of a crying child trying to tell you what happened to them.
DOMESTIC VIOLATION (doh-MESS-tik VY-o-lay-shun) n:- The potentially lethal mistake of referring to a stay-at-home mom as someone who "does not work."
PEEQUEL (PEE-kwuhl) n : A child's need to pee while driving in the car 10 minutes after leaving the highway rest stop where they insisted they didn't have to go.
CHAPTURN n: To sneakily try to skip some of the pages in the long book you're reading aloud to your child.
INVISIBOOBOO (in-VIZ-uh-boo-boo) n: – The site on a child's body where you unnecessarily applied a Band-Aid to appease them when they got hurt, though did not bleed.
Find more words at thekiddictionary.com.
Copyright © 2014 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC