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."


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"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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Ladies and Gentlemen 4 months ago

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

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Ladies and Gentlemen 4 months ago

Hell yeah. Summarized it perfectly.

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Ladies and Gentlemen 4 months ago

Not bad, actually if you think about it, its pretty accurate.

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JillVille 4 months ago

Flamingo witches. Perfect!

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Ladies and Gentlemen 4 months ago

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

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Tarjo T 4 months ago

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

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Laugh Fan 4 months ago

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

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Aqua Sky 4 months ago

It literally is PASTA POCKETS!

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DE Ray 4 months ago

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

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Sidonie Alber 4 months ago

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

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