One moment a child might cry because a microwave ate his lunch, the next they're spitting out words so beautiful, not even a poet could make them up. A couple of days ago, Tessa Dare was chilling at Newport Beach with her friend Jill Baetiong and her two daughters, Mia and Bridget. It was then when the 5-year-old Mia described the crow as a "Halloween eagle."

"And a child shall lead us. It is known," Tessa tweeted, sharing the term. "This is the new name for the bird-formally-known-as-crow. You know what to do, Merriam Webster." Admiring the creativity, parents turned to Twitter with their own. Thus, we now know that rhino could just as well be called a battle unicorn. Or ravioli should be sold as pasta pockets instead.

Tessa was already aware of this ability that a lot of children have. "I have two kids of my own, a 14-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son," she told Bored Panda. "Some objects they renamed when they were younger were "Santa-tizer" for hand sanitizer and "pupcakes". My son was in 2nd grade before he figured out they were actually "cupcakes” — I forbade anyone in the family from correcting him because it was too cute."

"Children learn language by drawing connections and filling in blanks, so I think it’s natural for them to invent descriptions and comparisons that we adults never see," the woman added. "As a professional writer, I wish I could recapture the inventiveness of language that Mia and other children have!"

From the thread (which was amazing and continues to grow), Tessa's favorites were the other renamed animals. "Battle unicorns" (rhinos) and "Flamingo Witches" (vultures). Oh, and bed-skins instead of sheets. "That's so spot-on, it's a bit unsettling!"

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Sadly these "Battle Unicorns" are fighting a lost battle against human cruelty.

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Much better then being called BUSH. Imagine a family conversation - "John - Go clean your bush, its looking gross"

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In Indonesian language we call HOSPITAL, "Sick House".

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That will be formally known as Lord Crow thank you, but his friends can call him Halloween Eagle.

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And in other news, a lost hiker was mauled to death by party dogs...

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Actually in german they are calles "Hand shoes". Close enoughe

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Here is my resume and the list of all books I've read, and I would like to apply for the job of Librarir!

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My son invented a similar one, yesternight. He said if there was a yesterday there should be a yesternight.

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Some people sing too much and too loud. And the outcome isn't artistic.

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My 7-yr old Niece once called our neighborhood cemetery - "Obstacle course for the running souls". I shivered at the thought.

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Oh, that's beautiful imagery! I am mightily impressed!

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My daughter was 2 when she renamed "no frills" the grocery store. She called it "the banana store" due to the bananas on the sign. It made sense and stuck for years. As a teen she asked me why I call it the banana store still. Habit kiddo, lol

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Well, given that they emit hot air outside, she's not so wrong.

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Why has it become all about the eyebrows? I'm blonde, mine are invisible without dye and even then are a bit wispy and pathetic. Can't we make it all about another feature so that I can join in?

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At first, I thought "Boo-boo trucks" meant vehicles that had been in a wreck. :-)

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My father always called them the Dead Centre of whatever town we were passing. Yeah, yeah dad.

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When my sister was three she would ask to be held because her "legs were dizzy". She was just tired of walking.

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Rolli polli rice is beautiful. I'm still not eating it, though.

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Imaginative. Stuff goes in and comes out of both!

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All the pups'd agree with her.. so will the kitties...

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my little sister always did that. "they must have cloud machines!"

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Ha ha, my little sister was the opposite, she called headphones “soundmuffs”

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coz u eat lunch and chat with your friends at lunchateria... XD

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I have a phobia re "sting flowers" - age 7 i fell flat on my face on a cut down nettle bed - wearing a vest and shorts -what a mess!! -- they are just evil

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My friends daughter used to call them "the white broccoli"

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I've heard that one a few times so it must make some sense!

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One calls "ankles" "wrist of her leg".. your kid calls "wrists" "hand ankles"... I believe they complement each other!

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I would probably call it that myself.(NYC)

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Once, my younger sister couldn’t remember what the Outlet Malls were called, so she called them “the Electric Malls”

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