She Says… Death of the “Deedah”

Once upon a time, what feels like forever ago these days, Owen started talking. Quickly his few little words (“Uh oh!”, “BUH bye!”, “Hi!”) turned into sentences and phrases. Now the kid can talk about just about anything. I feel like he knows almost every word that I say. He wakes up in the morning asking, “School today? Playground later? Read a book with me, Mommy?”. He puts himself to sleep telling his lovey about the fun things we did that day (“Walk doggie. Ate eggs! See choo choo.”). He tells on himself when he’s doing something he shouldn’t be (“Oh-WEN! No climbin'”) and parrots the rules back to me before I even have to say them (“Only Mommy holds knives. Knives SHARP. Dangerous.”) while nodding enthusiastically.

To say he is very verbal for his age is an understatement.

As his vocabulary doubled and tripled, there were a few words that he consistently said wrong. At first, like the Type A person that I am, I wondered, “Why does he say them that way? What can I do to help him say it correctly? Is something wrong? Why won’t he try to say them clearly when he says so many other words clearly?”. Many more experienced mothers assured me, “Don’t worry. They will correct themselves in time. And you may even miss those mispronunciations when they are gone.”.

You know what? They were right. Obviously.

One of Owen’s favorite mispronunciations was to call the playground deedah. I still have no idea where it came from, because none of the sounds are the same, but he insisted that’s how it was said. We would over-enunciate “Puh-LAY-ground” and he would grin devilishly and repeat, “DEEDAH!”.

And so it was. We went to the deedah.

But a few days ago, after I told him we were going to the playground, he waited for a moment, and then, very slowly, said, “Puh-lay-gound”. Missing the “r”, but pretty much perfect.

And that was it.

Deedah was dead.

And I miss it.

As of today, there really aren’t very many words that he still mispronounces. I’m hanging on to yappoo for vacuum, thank you very much. Won’t be correcting that one any time soon. And my new favorite, pro-BOB-a-lilly or probby for probably. They are just too darn cute. And my time to hear them is short.

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11 responses to “She Says… Death of the “Deedah”

  1. I love Owen. He is so sweet and smart! I can’t wait for Raffi’s first word.

  2. howardandgus

    So cute! I’m amazed by his vocabulary when I read your posts. My baby girl has started babbling in earnest and I can’t wait for it to evolve into talking. Just a thought that I had when I read “deedah”: is there a seesaw on the playground?

  3. My kid is still calling Elmo “douche”. We don’t know where she got that from, but she is very clearly saying “DOUCHE!” when she sees him. I’d like her to grow out of that quickly. I won’t miss it 🙂

  4. My niece had her own word for yogurt, calling it “anook.” It was one of just a few words she had wrong and it was pretty adorable when she got adamant that we were saying the same word. “Do you want yogurt?” “Yes, anook” “You mean yogurt?” while holding the container. “YES, ANOOK!”

    Toddlers are such fun! 🙂

  5. My son called the color orange “dee-dotch” for the longest time. He also called donuts “doo-dahs”. We didn’t correct him because we loved it. He called my husband “Dada” and his older brother “Daddy”. It was the cutest thing! Then one day my older son said, “Stop calling me Daddy! My name is Aaron.” And my little guy has been calling him his proper name ever since. Hang on to “Yappoo”…unfortunately it won’t last forever.

  6. Your kid is amazing with words – I’ve never come across a child so verbal so early on. Is he being exposed to other languages? I’d capitalize on his little linguistic brain and pump as many languages in there as I could! 🙂

    Cameron chitter chatters non-stop now, but it’s only been the last month that he started speaking more regularly and the last 2 weeks that we’ve been on vacation it was like BOOM we said goodbye to our baby and hello to our little boy. We can’t stop looking at each other relishing his cuteness when he says things! He parrots everything we say and most of it is pretty close, but calls his Grampie, “Jee” and it melt my heart a thousand times over.

  7. Correction, “Grampie” is “Dee” and he tends to like the letter “D” a lot and begins a lot of words with it and makes them rhyme with the real word. He also calls milk, “dulk” and books, “dooks” 🙂 sofriggincute

  8. I know! I will be a little sad when my 3-year-old finally stops calling “lunch” “wunch”. It’s just too cute.

  9. garden1812

    I love reading about Owen’s progress since he and my little one are less than a week apart in age.
    She loves to parrot back rules as well. “Only Mommy touch knives. Not baby. Baby get boo boo.” (For some reason she refers to herself as baby instead of her name even though we call her by name all the time. I also love, “Only food in mouth. Not bubbles. Bubbles soap.” She loves stories too. It’s so interesting to hear what she finds so great to repeat. “Mulch man. Big truck. Up up up. Mulch out. Down. Bye mulch man.”
    I will miss “kangayou” and “fridgefrator” when they go away. 

  10. Sooo cute and I’m amazed by his vocab–seriously, he is SO smart! Very impressive and I bet he just awes you guys with his new words and full sentences. I love the rules thing, soooo cute! Especially because he knows. 🙂 Right now, when we tell Maya “No” she points at her nose 😉 Haha. I hope he says yappoo for a while longer … they can only get away with it when they’re this young and it’s too cute. Rocco is “Goh-ko” and we love it. “Car” is “cah” like she is from Boston or something 😉

  11. Oh, yes, I hear you. So cute, I love watching the language explode and reading what everyone’s kiddos come up with. Watermelon was “money-money” for awhile and we loved that one. But don’t worry, new ones will pop up. Spaghetti went from sketti which she was 18 months to skabetti after she turned 2. She’s newly 3 and still calls it that, and while we do try to say say spaghetti to her, we’re not sorry she hasn’t corrected that one. And vacuum sounds like “yacuum”. Love it.

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