Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Fun with mispronunciation

Girl1 has a difficult time pronouncing the "st" sound. When it comes first in a word, she often replaces it with a "d" sound. This has lead to hours of amusement when she tries to say the word "stick."

We went out to eat over the weekend. Dh got a burger that had one of those sticks with the celophane flaggy type things on the top. Girl1 wanted it. Here's the conversation that ensued:

Girl1: May I have your dick?
Dh: No. You always play with it and then you break it.

By that point, I was literally rolling around laughing like crazy.


Irim said...

HOW do you avoid setting up situations for her to use the word 'stick'? And how did you manage not to say, "You want daddy's *what*, sweetie?"

I'm sitting at work laughing; people must think I'm MAD. Truth in advertising then...


Reiza said...

Avoid it? Why on earth would we avoid it? :-)

The first time she said it, we rolled with laughter. Then we made her say it again and again. I had her repeat, "Speak softly and carry a big stick," at least 3 or 4 times. :-)

We realize that with speech acquisition, though, the person with the "impedement" (don't really like that 'cause it's not really. It's just normal development. The "th" and "st" sounds are some of the last ones kids can master) typically doesn't hear the mistake. We've tried repeating it back to her as we hear it and she continually tries to correct us (even though she STILL pronounces it exactly the same way we say it).

We do so try hard to be understanding, but come on, that's pretty funny. :-)

Irim said...

I'm in hysterics. I'm sitting here working in a *Catholic* library cataloguing and trying not guffaw every time I think about it or pass the link on to a friend. You've made my day.

I think I phrased my questions incorrectly: I wasn't asking the questions in a serious way; I was asking b/c I know I'd CONSTANTLY be setting up any wee one of mine to say the word "stick" at least 300x a day. I feel hugely relieved to find out that I wouldn't be alone! :-)

And I have to say, I am seriously impressed by how politely she asked dh for his stick. Your kids sound absolutely gorgeous - but then, the apple doesn't fall far, eh?


evilganome said...

I think I used to date a guy like that. Holy Moses. I just jumped over here from Kamrin's blog. I'll be going through your archives. Thanks for starting my day off with a laugh.