March 28, 2011

Effing Up

We seem to have something of a trend - and not a good one - in our house lately. Thursday is Vomiting Day. Two weeks ago it was Mia, last week Owen. By Friday evening, Owen was feeling better and was totally wiped out. Before I took him to bed, he hugged Mia goodnight. And it was then that Mia unloaded a new addition to her vocabulary.

"Don't eff-up," she exclaimed to Owen.

I'm sure at that instance Beth and I exchanges puzzled and slightly terrified glances which expressed the exact same thing - some asshat kid in her kindergarten just taught Mia a new word that will take months to undo. Great. We had to explore this further.

"What do you mean by that, Mia," we prodded.

"You know, don't eff-up. It's a saying. You know what it means," came the reply.

"Well, yes, I think we do. But why don't you explain it just so we're all on the same page."

"Don't eff-up, you know, short for frow up. It's just more polite if you say eff-up."

And then it dawned on us. In Mia's five year old brain, there is little difference between the sound of an F and a TH. Concerned for the well-being and health of her little brother, she was telling him not to throw up. Eff-up. Bullet dodged. Though we did have to explain to both children why we were rolling on the floor laughing hysterically.


Posted by Chris at March 28, 2011 7:01 AM
Comments

Just love these Monday morning chuckles! F-ank you!

Posted by: Maribeth at March 28, 2011 7:50 AM

Kids are so funny! Mine both have the sarcasm gene passed on from both parents, so the hilarity that ensues helps to make up for the times when we just want to send them to their rooms for the next 15 years.

Posted by: Elizabeth at March 28, 2011 9:35 AM

Priceless!

Posted by: Sue R at March 28, 2011 10:28 AM

Awesome. "It's just more polite if you say eff-up"
ROFL

Posted by: Jess at March 28, 2011 11:26 AM

ROFLMAO!

But I shouldn't laugh too much. On top of my accent, I've been talking quite funny since the braces came off last week and now I have retainers.

Posted by: oakley at March 28, 2011 12:09 PM

It's been a long time since I had to wipe milk off of my screen...but this post has me cleaning my screen! Thanks for the laugh today. I can almost picture your faces.

Posted by: Krush at March 28, 2011 1:21 PM

I said, "Jesus!" in the car a few weeks ago when I had to slam on the brakes as a car made a sharp turn right in front of me. My 3 year old asked, what did I mean? I told her it wasn't a polite word to say, but you *could* say Jesus if you were talking about the baby Jesus (lame, I know, but this is what I came up with on less than 6 hours sleep).

Fast forward to last week, we were in a nice-ish restaurant, getting ready to go, when she yells out "BABY JESUS!" Just for fun, I guess. My husband looked at me quizzically; I had to take the blame for that one.

Posted by: Laura Gato at March 28, 2011 3:21 PM

"Tr" falls in that same "Th" category... my little brother couldn't tell the difference between "tr" or "th" and "f", and as a result, was not allowed to play with any trucks.

Posted by: Katie at March 28, 2011 9:30 PM

So effin adorable ;)

Posted by: Steph D at March 28, 2011 9:36 PM

Awesome! ;)

Posted by: Cyndy at March 28, 2011 10:32 PM

ROFL! That had to be a good relieved laugh when she explained what it was.

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It's very good advice either way.

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