As much as we try to influence and teach our children, do you ever find at times it’s the other way round?
Sometimes it takes someone outside of our household to point out that we are talking gibberish because we are kind of immune to it.
Small Stuff likes to invent her own words and they seem to slip into our everyday language without us realising. Here are a few Small Stuffisms:
First uttered when Small Stuff was trying to cadge some granola but couldn’t remember the word for it. I’d say crumbo is a pretty good guess! It is a fantastic word and has completely replaced “granola” in our vocabulary.
According to Small Stuff this means very upset and angry (an-gree?) and is most often heard being wailed from the naughty step.
After seeing some footage of children performing taekwondo, Small Stuff came up with her own flailing, stumbling, spinning version of martial arts called Charpoop. Most days I am forced to bellow “Don’t you be Charpooping near the cat!”
Mr Stuff is a big fan of WWE (at the age of 33, bless him,) and carries out gentle wrestling moves with Small Stuff. This has inspired her to create her own- The Shoopab. As far as I can tell, you perfect this move by yelling “Shoopab!” and flinging your body onto the nearest piece of furniture/family member.
This means complaining or whinging, which happens so often that I think nothing of asking “What are you narning about now?!”
I love that Small Stuff comes up with these silly words but can give a coherent, consistent definition whenever you ask what they mean!
Is toddler twaddle infiltrating your vocabulary? Are you stealing slang from your tween?
I’d love to know!