35 Funny Names Kids Give Everyday Things, According To Their Parents

Anyone who’s been around children knows they offer a number of creative takes on the English language. From malapropisms to too-real des...



Anyone who’s been around children knows they offer a number of creative takes on the English language. From malapropisms to too-real descriptors, some of their turns of phrase are funnier and arguably superior to the correct terms.

We asked members of the HuffPost Parents Facebook community to share the funny names their kids have for various things, and received an overwhelming number of responses. Read on for a hilarious sample.

1. “My daughter called pistachios ‘Grinch Nuts.’” ― Lyra Maghirang

2. “My 13-year-old thought it was ‘nuke warm,’ not lukewarm.” ― Callie Van Leuven

3. “My daughter calls Wendy’s ‘the lady restaurant.’” ― Amanda Liz Draper-Livengood

4. “My daughter called a head of lettuce a ‘salad ball,’ and that’s forever what we call it.” ― Darcie Johnson Bane

5. “My daughter used to call a plain hamburger ‘airplane hamburger.’ It took me a while to figure it out since she had never been on a plane.” ― Margie Harper

6. “My son used to say he could hear my heart ‘beep.’” ― Beci Figini Renot

7. “When my son was younger, we didn’t buy soda (Coke, Pepsi), so when we went to restaurants he would ask for ‘black juice.’” ― Melony Murphy

8. “Pants = ‘leg prisons’ to our oldest.” ― Christine M. Sullivan

9. “My almost 3-year-old calls the bathroom fan the ‘poop wind.’ And it will forever be called that in our house.” ― Traci Giroux

10. “My 3-year-old son calls mustard ‘hot dog syrup.’” ― Kasi Marshall

11. “My now 10-year-old used to say ‘hella-cockatiel’ for helicopter.” ― Jennifer Straube

12. “My son calls the ottoman an ‘abdomen.’ It’s really funny when he goes to other people’s homes and says, ‘Can I put my feet on your abdomen?’” ― Amanda Rodriguez

13. “A boy I babysat called lasagna ‘spaghetti cake.’” ― Allison Kennedy

14. “Our oldest called knives ‘cut its’ because we would say ‘Do you want me to cut it?’ So he would say fork, spoon, cut it.” ― Jen Trotter Milke

15. “My son used to call instructions ‘destructions’ ― which could be explained by my terrible DIY skills!” ― Jamie Smith

16. “My son used to say ‘moldy bar’ for granola bar.” ― Maya Broadfoot

17. “Both of my girls referred to their backpacks as ‘pack packs.’” ― Cindy CJ Avis Farrow

18. “My kids called napkins ‘good manners’…. Lol.” ― Gina de los Santos

19. “My son called all UPS trucks the ‘bubble wrap truck.’” ― Christina McLaughlin

20. “My daughter calls hard taco shells ‘crunchy buns,’ and I don’t think we will ever call them something else.” ― Angie Salo

21. “When my now 9-year-old son was little, he always called bras ‘boobie pants.’ Walking through the underwear section of shops with him was always a fun experience with him yelling it at the top of his voice, as it made him laugh.” ― Emma Williams

22. “My daughter calls polka-dots ‘cocoa-dots’ and fire hydrants ‘hydro firemen’s.’ And instead of whistling to call the dog, she says ‘feet feet.’” ― Mindy Guthrie

23. “My daughter called Kit Kat candy ‘Kitty Kats’ and Frosted Flakes cereal ‘Frosted Snowflakes.’” ― Gena Bennett Catino

24. “We passed by a Planet Fitness a while back, and my son in the backseat says, ‘Oh look, Mommy, a thumb store!’ (The logo has a thumbs-up.)” ― Lura Kahle Bain

25. “My 4-year-old daughter calls a dinosaur a ‘dinosnore,’ and I hope she never says it right.” ― Malaika Prinsloo

26. “My son wanted ‘ice cream cheese’ on his bagel instead of cream cheese.” ― Julie Stockert Duffield

27. “My daughter told me that women carry babies in their ‘universe.’” ― Lindsay Curtin

28. “My son often confuses adults who aren’t around him a whole heckuva lot with requests for ‘fresh pies.’ He wants french fries!” ― Sara G. Nolte

29. “My oldest use to call cupcakes ‘butt cakes’ when he was 2, no idea where he got it from. He yelled it all around the grocery store, too.” ― Kassandra Anne Vance

30. “Lightsabers = ‘site labors.’” ― Linda Marshall

31. “When my oldest son was about 5, he tried to tell me what TV program his babysitter had been watching, and he kept saying ‘The Young and the Rest-of-Them’ instead of ‘The Young and the Restless.’” ― Trish Waddell Blevins-Taylor

32. “My daughter used to call all computers and TV remotes ‘beep-boops.’ To this day, we still call the Roku remote the beep-boop.” ― Sue Meredith

33. “Restaurants are called ‘food houses’ and McDonald’s is called ‘Old McDonald’s.’” ― Erica Geizer Worley

34. “‘Leg Knuckles.’ My daughter didn’t know the word for knees yet, so she described them — quite accurately, in my opinion.” ― Rheanna Chou

35. “My son called Salisbury steak ‘salad-berry steak.’” ― Erika Wilson

Responses have been lightly edited.



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