We all know kids are famous for their creativity and amazing imaginations. If we never stopped viewing the world through the lens of a child, it would be a very different place. But thankfully, anyone who is a parent, works with children, or gets to hang out with their loved ones’ little ones has a small window into their brilliant minds. Recently, one uncle, Dedrick Flynn, shared a TikTok explaining how impressed he was that his niece referred to aquariums as “water zoos”. This sparked a trend of other users revealing all of the genius names their children have come up with for everyday items and places, and some of them are hilariously accurate. 

We’ve gathered some of our favorite ‘alternative names’ down below, so that you can add them to your own vocabulary. Channel your inner child for this list and keep an open mind because you might be blown away by what these little ones have come up with, and be sure to upvote the phrases you want added to Webster’s Dictionary. Keep reading to also find an interview we were lucky enough to receive from Dedrick Flynn, and then if you’re interested in checking out a previous Bored Panda article on the same topic, we recommend reading this one next.

This uncle recently started a trend online where adults share the best 'alternative names' they have heard kids come up with for everyday things

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#1

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums My daughter called a graveyard a “people garden” she was only 2

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MyNameIsNotAPortent
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1 month ago

Oh, the funeral park?

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We reached out to Dedrick on Instagram to hear if he was impressed with his niece when he heard “water zoo” for the first time. “Of course I was impressed with her! She’s a genius,” he told Bored Panda. “This is the same girl who calls mashed potatoes ‘fluffy potatoes’.” He noted that she also refers to jetskis as “boatorcycles” (that is my personal favorite) and the part of her leg behind her knee as a “leg pit”. 

When asked if he thinks kids are smarter than they often get credit for, Dedrick said, “I think kids are geniuses. I think [adults] just overcomplicate words. I’m not a big fan of big words. I mean, I use them here and there, but they never really get the point across. But if someone’s like ‘fluffy potatoes’ I know exactly what they’re talking about.”

In reference to his niece, Dedrick added, “She also one day called a turtle a ‘house lizard’ because they can go home, and that honestly changed my life too. I even made a video about that, like I made it seem like I made it up, but it was really her… Actually all of my comedy content comes from her, I’m just a poser,” he said jokingly. So there you have it folks, the mastermind behind Dedrik’s successful TikTok account is actually just his niece. But seriously, it’s great that Dedrick encourages his niece to exercise her creativity and that she feels comfortable creating her own names for things. Maybe her words will end up in the dictionary eventually!   

#2

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums My coworkers granddaughter called seagulls “ beach chickens”

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June
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1 month ago

Exotic pigeons. My bf and I last weekend at the beach 😂

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Children are so creative. When they don’t know the name of something, they have no problem coming up with their own based on what they do know. They do not have any mental barriers that adults form over time, so there is no hesitation in combining words that might sound silly to an adult but make perfect sense to them. Embarrassment is not a factor; conveying a message is what is important. But how are children so creative, and why do we all lose that imaginative spark eventually? 

According to Paul King, a computational neuroscientist, “As people become ‘good at life’, they develop habits of thought that serve them well. These habits are thought styles that ‘work’ (get results, impress people, carry us through difficult situations). As we accumulate ‘thought techniques’, three things happen: First, we become more effective and able to ‘effortlessly’ (mindlessly?) navigate tricky waters.” Doing certain tasks and solving problems becomes muscle memory and second nature. We actively use our brains less often. 

#3

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums When my daughter was a toddler she called tears “PANIC WATER”. I mean u ain’t wrong sis

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1 month ago

That is perfect.

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“Second, we adapt to social norms and accepted ways of thinking, making us more effective with people and society,” Paul explains. We become aware of what others are thinking and try not to step on anyone else’s toes or embarrass ourselves. We accept what we have been told, and we start thinking outside the box less and less. We know what an aquarium is called, so why think of calling it anything else? Why activate our brains when we don’t have to?

“Third, we become a prisoner of our own success,” Paul says. “Sticking with what works makes us both more successful and less creative. Why be random when you can be right? Unfortunately what works is what worked in the past and misses the enigmatic paths that lead to unexpected surprises.” Kids don’t yet know what is ‘right’ and what works, so they are constantly experimenting shamelessly. I wish I still had unfiltered access to that childlike bravery too.

#4

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums Wait until they call a rhinoceros a battle unicorn.

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Icy_Question_4977
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1 month ago (edited)

But less colourful

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#5

They have an amazing way of looking at the world. My granddaughter calls funerals heaven parties

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Icy_Question_4977
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1 month ago

Wow, how positive about it

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#6

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums My cousin called a mechanic a “car doctor” and I’ve never been the same since.

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El Dee
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1 month ago

Diagnosis, treatment. Possible transplants from donors. Checkups. Complicated diagnostic equipment, surgical instruments. Cosmetic 'surgery'. And so on..

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Paul King does note that people who work in creative fields or those who exercise their creativity muscles are capable of keeping their imaginations fresh. “They develop predictable habits that take them into unpredictable territory. This is a lifestyle choice to stay in the uncomfortable territory of the unknown.” 

“They may seek out people outside their profession, read random things, or force themselves to brainstorm whimsically,” Paul explains. “This systemization of creativity doesn’t have the bizarre arc of childhood imagination, but does combine life experience with creativity in a way that can be more impactful (and higher paying) in modern society.” So we’re not all doomed to calling items by boring names and having no creativity left in our minds, but an artist or filmmaker is more likely to have childlike wonder than someone who spends 8 hours a day crunching numbers on a computer.

#7

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums My daughter didn’t know the word for thirsty so she said she was “water hungry”

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Stein-Inge Kummeneje
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1 month ago

Well, do YOU know the name for "water full"?

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#8

My cousin didn’t know how to tell me she had a dream so she said “the story behind my eyes when I’m asleep”

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Bethany Heller
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1 month ago

If my dreams were coherent enough to be a story I think I would too.

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#9

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums my daughter called a vending machine a “food ATM” once because she couldn’t think of what it was really called.

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Ola Pe
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1 month ago

That’s a great name, IMO it says more than vending machine

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As much as I wish I could come up with genius alternative names for every item I use throughout the day, if we all had access to the minds of children and their unbridled imaginations, kids would not be as special. According to Family Education, creativity belongs to children. That’s not to say that it is not to be enjoyed by everyone, but kids are certainly the experts in the field. “When coming from a pure place, children create only for the sake of play and for the thrill of inventing, never for a projected result,” Family Education explains. Kids are not playing and creating characters to impress anyone or receive payment. Their brains just do it for fun. 

#10

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums My daughter called mosquitoes "vampire bugs"

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Mark Fuller
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1 month ago

That's just a statement of fact!

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#11

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums My cousin calls the airport the “plane station”

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Local foodie
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1 month ago

Why don’t we call airports plane stations though?

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#12

My daughter called the Zoo "Animal Jail" when she was 5 and I've been fuqqed up about zoos ever since.

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Ola Pe
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1 month ago

Sadly accurate

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Family Education explains the place where pure creativity stems from as “Point Zero”, where “the doing is all that matters”. “Born from Point Zero, the creative force offers a marvelous tool for children to fulfill their need to express themselves, to grow and to explore their world.” Eventually, however, the connection to Point Zero can be broken by social pressures, rules and guidelines, classes and criticisms and insecurities. This is how many of us lose our passion for creativity that was once alive in all of us as kids. As sad as it is that we eventually lose this, we can work to make sure that children we care about hold onto it as long as they can.

#13

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums My youngest son would call any pants that weren’t shorts, “long sleeve pants”

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Ola Pe
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1 month ago

😀

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#14

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums I forgot to teach my kid what an owl was - he called them wood penguins ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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Norma
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1 month ago

Love this!!

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#15

My little sister heard crickets outside and was trying to describe it to me… She said you know that noise when someone tells a joke and nobody laughs

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Sinkvenice
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1 month ago

How very intuitive of her!

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When kids start to lose access to Point Zero, creativity goes from flowing freely to having a goal of achievement or success. But keeping the connection to their imagination strong can even have practical benefits, Family Education explains. When kids are taught to trust their intuition, where creativity stems from, they can become more self-reliant, have higher self-esteem and self-confidence and have an easier time making decisions. Creativity is not just about having fun and saying silly things, although there is certainly value in those, it also helps kids develop into confident individuals who understand what they think and feel.

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People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums Like the little kid that called the dragonfly a "baby helicopter"

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Icy_Question_4977
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1 month ago

True

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#17

My son called an exclamation mark a loud period when he was in kindergarten

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Stephaniep
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1 month ago

Just yesterday my son called a question mark a "mystery mark"

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#18

My son asked for a sandwich on raw toast. Bread, he meant bread

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A.
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1 month ago

LOL

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As adults, it’s important that we don’t stifle a child’s creativity. If they call penguins “cold owls” or geese “honkeys”, we should never make them feel bad or embarrassed about that. In fact, I’m jealous of how open-minded those kids are. I wish that my brain would let me say things like that out loud without feeling like I would be judged. “It is a great gift to children to show them how to use and respect their spontaneous intuition and to have them discover the magical surprises of creativity: a creativity that comes from a pure intimate source, from Point Zero deep in themselves,” Family Education writes.

#19

My son calls cupcakes “party muffins”

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FaithD
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1 month ago

that's what I call my waist 😐

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#20

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums My daughter would call Churches “Jesus Stores”

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Kat
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1 month ago

My girls called them castles and were very disappointed no princesses live there...

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#21

when I was pregnant, my daughter called my tummy the baby house

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Taki Takanashi
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1 month ago

Aww, that's cute.

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We tend to assume that children only learn from adults because they are younger and have much less life experience, but we often forget what it was like to be in their shoes. There are plenty of lessons kids can teach adults, from how to harness our creativity to how to hop over two jump ropes at once. In fact, according to an Adobe “Hiring for the Future” report, 78% of workers surveyed admitted that they wished they were more creative. I bet 20 or 30 years prior those same people had no problems in the realm of creative thinking, but now they need a young person to teach them a lesson or two.   

#22

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums My friends kids called hand sanitizer- Hanitizer.. and that made complete sense to me lol

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

Hanitizer is really clever and cute.

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#23

My daughter calls the grocery store, the food maze

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Ola Pe
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1 month ago

👍👍👍

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#24

ambulance = boo boo truck
leaves - tree feathers

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michael ye
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1 month ago

Ambulance: broke broke truck

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Adults can even benefit from an active imagination in the workplace. One 2018 study found that in group problem solving sessions, teams that had some form of “formal creativity training” were able to come up with 350% more ideas than teams without the same backgrounds. Their ideas were even 415% more original than the other teams. Being more creative can make you more fun and a better asset at work. It’s a win win!

#25

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums my daughter called humidity "chunky air" today...

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Raye West
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1 month ago

Can confirm from Florida, the air is chunky af

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#26

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums my daughter called gray. light black

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June
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1 month ago

Dark white works too

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#27

My son said the Navy was made up of “water soldiers”. And my mind was blown

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Amber Hartsfield
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1 month ago (edited)

As a kid who had both Parents in the navy at one point and heard all the stories, I concur

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We hope you are enjoying opening your mind to all of these alternative solutions to names of everyday objects and occurrences. Keep upvoting the responses you find most brilliant, and then let us know in the comments if you have ever heard a kid come up with a hilariously accurate name for something. Whether you plan to incorporate these names in your own life or not, you must admit they are refreshing to hear. And if you’re interested in learning even more genius alternative names, don’t forget to read this article next. 

#28

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums My kids call their robes “Pajama Jackets” it’s my fave

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1 month ago

Classy!

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#29

My son calls Beef Jerky, Meat Candy

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Marie Lane
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1 month ago

Heck, I call beef jerky meat candy and I’m in my 50’s.

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#30

my son called lasagna, a pasta cake!

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Deborah Harris
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1 month ago

he's not wrong :)

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#31

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums My son calls knuckles Finger Elbows

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1 month ago

He’s not wrong

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#32

my daughter use to call butterfly's beauty flies

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1 month ago

My kid called strawberries "strawbabies" and I still do.

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#33

My niece brushes her hair into a bunny-tail because her hair doesn’t look like a pony’s tail..

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Jessica Julian
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1 month ago

Makes sense.

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#34

My daughter calls tongs “salad tweezers”

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Tuna Fish
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1 month ago

Cuz that's what they are!

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#35

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums My daughter called a parasailer a human kite.

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Jon Steensen
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1 month ago

should be a hanglider though

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#36

My son calls clouds sky ghosts

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Tuna Fish
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1 month ago

Aaaand now I do too. :)

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#37

Burps= mouth farts. Took me forever to figure out what my toddler meant when he said “I farted out my mouth”

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Lily bloom
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1 month ago

What did one burp say to the other burp? Let's be stinkers and go out the back way!

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#38

My granddaughter called condensation water dust

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Amber Hartsfield
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1 month ago

I call it “my water bottle is sweating”

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#39

When our grandfather passed in May my little cousin said he was now in his ‘forever sleep’

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Ola Pe
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1 month ago

That’s the exact phrase we use in my language- sen wieczny (Polish)

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#40

my friend's daughter use to say "one body instead of somebody" when she needed help. Can onebody get me some water please...

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Tara Dawn
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1 month ago (edited)

For some reason, my oldest, as a toddler said “two-four quicks” for just a second…like wait just a second!

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#41

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums A kid I know called the previews at a movie, the appetizers

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Ola Pe
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1 month ago

They actually sort if are, aren’t they?

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#42

My son says chompsticks instead of chopsticks and stunk instead of skunk

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June
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1 month ago

Makes sense !

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#43

My seven-year-old niece calls French toast sticks “syrup fries”

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Tuna Fish
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1 month ago

Mmmmm syrup fries.

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#44

My nephew called an octopus a Snake Turtle and I haven’t gotten over it in 10 years.

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Cassi Lyris
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1 month ago

That's so cute. When my youngest was in first grade he wrote very enthusiastically about his favorite food: ramen. But, he spelled it "raw men" over and over and over. 🤣

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#45

Lol my daughter calls quesadillas a spanish grilled cheese

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Billy Harrelson
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1 month ago

My son referred to them as case-of-diyas when he was younger. He's almost 10 now and can say it correctly but we still refer to them as case-of-diyas.

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#46

Welp…my kid called a jet ski a motorcycle boat

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Izzy Curer
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1 month ago

Boatorcycle

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#47

my nephew calls fire trucks water trucks, it's way more accurate and I think he's going to be a genius

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1 month ago

In my country some fire extinguisers are labeled according to what is inside them, as that can become important to know as not every type is suitable for all kinds of fire (e.g. you do not want to blow a lot of water into burning oil. It will boil and cause an explotion). So you have a "CO2-exitguisher" because it sprays out C02, a "powder extinguisher" that lets out powder and a "water extinguisher" because it will spray water, but there is also just something called a "fire extinguisher" which is used as a more general term, or when you do not know exatly what is inside that pressurised tank. And then the question becomes: what comes out of a "fire extinguisher"? Is it really a flame thrower?

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#48

Cashews = smile peanuts

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meow point1
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1 month ago

Sounds like a dish Pinkie Pie would make.

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#49

People Share 50 Hilariously Accurate Names Kids Gave Things After Guy Reveals What His Niece Calls Aquariums My daughter called her ankle her “foot waist”

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

Ermmm.... Guys? What is with the picture?

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#50

One time I told my son I don’t have money for something and he told me to get some from the “money box”. He was talking about the ATM.

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Sharkbait1313
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1 month ago

I love that... everytime I tell my six year old that I can't afford something he says " why don't you just go to the bank?" Like I can just stop by and get as much free money as I want lol

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