In our last post, “Why mispronouncing words is good for your kid,” we talked about how flubbing up all sorts of speech sounds is a totally normal part of your child’s language development.
We even showed you this pretty cool chart that lets you know at which ages many common mispronunciations tend to disappear:
What did we tell you? Pretty cool, right?
Then we discovered a couple of really funny posts over on the Mommy Shorts blog featuring a whole bunch of words that have been “totally butchered by toddlers.” And that made us think that our handy-dandy chart would be the ideal tool for figuring out exactly when each of those adorably erroneous kid-ism would sadly be lost, forever replaced by the boring old correct pronunciations we adults have all mastered.
(Or at least most of us have.)
Here’s what we found:
Baboons should become Balloons when your kid gets the hang of “L”s – somewhere around age 3 to 6.
Your Borehead will once again become a Forehead after your little one masters the “F” – around age 2 ½ to 4.
Juice will unfortunately remain Douche until age 4 to 8, when your child figures out those tricky “J” sounds.
Your kids won’t trade their Baby Soup for Bathing Suits until they can say “TH,” which happens between 4 ½ and 8.
Penis will turn into Peanuts once your child cracks the “T” between ages 2 and 6.
Your toddler’s feet will be covered in Socks, not Cocks, only after the “S”s come between ages 3 and 8.
And you should finally be able to stop apologizing to waiters because your kid asked them for a Fuck instead of a Fork by age 3 to 6, when “R”s become easy.
So if your kid is currently making any fabulously funny faux pas like these, be sure to check the chart above for their expiration dates – and then get some video evidence of the cuteness while you still can!