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Kid Speak

  1. May 17, 2005 #1
    When I was a little kid, my sisters and I used to come up with our own terminology and names for all kinds of things.
    "Water-on-both-sides" comes to mind. This was a place where a rural road cut through a swamp. At one point there was clear, running water on both sides of the road because of a big steel pipe beneath the road that allowed for it to flow from one side to the other. Anyone hearing us say "Let's go walk by water-on-both-sides would have had no idea what we were talking about.

    Likewise, if they heard us say "Let's go make tuna fish." They would have assumed they did know what we were talking about, and would have been wrong. This actually refered to a pointless time-killer we did when bored, which was to mash rotten twigs up with a stone. The result looked like tuna fish.

    "Raindrop Island" wasn't an island in a lake or pond. Our rural driveway was in the shape of a cul-de-sac, and raindrop island was the raindrop shaped patch of grass with a big pine tree growing in it in the middle of the turnaround. The tree had a thick rope hanging off it, and at one point there used to be a tire hanging from the rope. I don't remember what happened to the tire, but I used to grab onto the rope and pretend it was tied around the snout of a tyranoaurus and wrestle it back and forth. (I got the idea from seeing a guy lasso a dinosaur in a movie.)

    Do you remember any random/strange/funny names you had for stuff when you were a kid?
     
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  3. May 17, 2005 #2

    JamesU

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    I can think of funny mispronunciations when I was little
     
  4. May 17, 2005 #3

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    We seemed to have a few weird ones at the dinner table.

    Bungy meant pudding, or dessert. I have absolutely no idea why.

    Cat Food was Corned Beef Hash. I think I thought it smelt and looked like cat food when my mum was making it. I loved that stuff. I have no idea why, the smell of actual cat food makes me retch. In hindsight, I got quite a bit of concern from friends' mums when I told them that my own mum fed me cat food.

    For some reason which has been lost in the depths of time, any type of fish was known as sausages. Actual sausages were also known as sausages.

    Looking back, it's a wonder how I managed to develop into the well-adjusted, mature, responsible individual that I am.
     
  5. May 17, 2005 #4
    You don't expect me to believe this one, do you?
     
  6. May 17, 2005 #5

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    Are you sure you have? :biggrin:

    I can't think of any off-hand. I'm sure there were, just none that are popping forward to be recalled at the moment. I do remember everyone talking about my aunt as a child telling the neighbors she was having rag water soup. I don't quite remember the origin of that, something about having a rag on the end of the water pipe to filter out rust or some such thing (this was back in the 30s, so rust in the pipes was the least of the worries).
     
  7. May 17, 2005 #6
    My younger brother used to make up words for things when he was learning to speak. My dad would sometimes take us out riding our bikes with my brother in the baby seat on the back. Sometimes when my brother wanted to go riding he would say "tida." Since it was a word he understood that is what we started calling it. "Go for a ride on the tida?"
     
  8. May 17, 2005 #7

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    :rofl: tidatree :rofl:
     
  9. May 17, 2005 #8

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    Brewnog, my kids and I love canned corned beef hash (Mary Kitchen is the only good brand) and we call it "who hash" (from The Grinch), steak is called snake. Lasagna is basagna. One day my oldest wanted me to make chicken soup with noodles, but I only had lasagna noodles, so I broke them up and it became her favorite "basagna noodle soup". Eggs are "anhogs" and sausages are snausages (yes, the dog food people stole it from me). So for breakfast you can have an "anhog & snausage hamlet".

    My youngest sister called dogs "who-whos" (the sound when they bark). The people down the street had a black doberman that always barked and I would scare the cr@p out of her by telling her "the big black who-who in the sky is coming to get you" in a really scary voice, of course (she could hear it but not see it, so I told her it was in the sky). Yeah, I was a wonderful older sister. :redface:
     
  10. May 17, 2005 #9

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    I'm still scared of the big black who-who!! don't ever bring them up again!!!

    *looks around nervously ans mumbles worryingly*
     
  11. May 17, 2005 #10

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    'The Valley of Gwangi'; 1969; James Franciscus/Jim O'Connolly/Gila Golan

    Sorry, I got nothin' else for you.
     
  12. May 17, 2005 #11

    JamesU

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    good...job, danger?
     
  13. May 17, 2005 #12

    Evo

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    Sorry yomamma, I'm a bad person. :frown:
     
  14. May 17, 2005 #13
    you know ramen noodles? well, when we were kids, i dunno who said it first, but we started calling them funny noodles.. cause they were funny looking. All of us kids grew up seriously thinking thats what they were called. I can remember going to a friends house in like middle school or early highschool, and we went through the cupboards, and they asked what i wanted and i was like "hmm.... how about funny noodles?" and they just stared at me. I had no idea why they wouldn't just pick up the package and start cooking... i was like "the funny noodles... right there! what's wrong... i said funny noodles!" they just stared at me forever until i finally picked up the package and was like "FUNNY NOODLES!" pointing to the package and pointing to the words on it. my friend was like "It says ramen noodles... what're you talking about?" and i was like, "well ya, it says ramen, but thats just the company, they're called funny noodles...it says... erm... here..." and much to my surprise it didn't say funny noodles anywhere... i was so scandalized.
     
  15. May 17, 2005 #14
    I love "anhogs." I figured you have some good ones.

    Still, though, I can't get over the surprise that awaited any guest who accepted an invitation over to the Brewnog home for sausages. I can see the scene performed by the Monty Python gang:

    "Yeah, it's fish. So? So what? We call em sausages. You gonna tell me every time you say sausages you expect people to think that's what you mean? You gonna tell me you never called an apple a sausage? Your wife? You never said you were going home to the sausage and kids? I said sausages, so what?"
     
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  16. May 17, 2005 #15

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    Come on over and I'll cook us up some anhogs. :smile:

    Yeah, I have a lot of words that I've slaughtered, too embarrasing to list them all. We love lima beans, we call them slimers (the dried white ones, not those gross green ones). We have to be careful not to scare people that come over to eat. :blushing:
     
  17. May 17, 2005 #16
    I'll have a three-anhog hamlet.
    I like slimers green or white. But I would not eat green anhogs and snausages.
     
  18. May 17, 2005 #17
    That story is precious. There's nothing so disorienting as finding out the "obvious" name for something isn't the right name at all. Especially since "funny noodles" is so much more appropriate. You should have said "Yeah FUNNY noodles! What do you think "ramen" means in Chinese?"
     
  19. May 17, 2005 #18

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    I would laugh if one of my friends came over looking for funny nooodles :uhh: . You must've been pretty embarrased. When did you realize that "funny noodles" was a fake name made up by you?
     
  20. May 17, 2005 #19

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    I like that story. Y'know, I'm starting to think that whatever screwy names I had for things growing up, I must've had an experience like that that traumatized me so horribly, it's completely blocked from my memory now. :tongue2: Who knows, I had a hard enough time overcoming all the other wrong things my mom taught me in her effort to give quick answers to get me to shut up that I didn't have time to learn goofy new words. Is it any wonder I was horrible in my geography lessons when one night, the "World News" came on TV, and I asked my mom, "What's the difference between America and the world?" (I was a little kid still.) No answer. "Are they the same thing?" Mom answered, "Yes." :grumpy: I was very embarrassed in school when the difference was pointed out to me. (Then again, I guess some Americans never learn they aren't the same thing. :rolleyes:) There were various other distortions of history that I was taught at home and then very upset at school when I learned my parents were lying to me.
     
  21. May 17, 2005 #20

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    hhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, hhhhhhaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!

    sorry, but...

    this, is america [​IMG]

    This, is the world
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