Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Pseech

Does every kid pronounce Spaghetti “pasketti”?

And why is that? I am sure there is some linguist or speech pathologist that knows the answer.

Maxfield does fine with most words that start with SP. Spiderman is not Psiderman. He does not psell his name. Astronauts do not wear a psace suit.

He never psits his food on the floor because he denies it every time.

And he would never pseak back to his father because he knows he would not get psanked.


So why pasketti?

27 comments:

Patience said...

I always thought it was simply 'sketty'.

the schirano triplets said...

lol! in our house it was always known as skabetti.

Circus Kelli said...

I dunno.

We try to get Buddy to say "Yellow" instead of "lello." He says "yes" and "you", but when we ask him to say "yellow" after such coaching, he says "yyye-lello."

Pasketti. Go with it for as long as you can.

Sudiegirl said...

Probably the same folks who say "ham-booger" instead of "hamburger".

Undercover Mutha said...

Yes, I think it's pretty common. My girl also says lello. She can say "yell" and "oh" just fine, but string them together and it's a recipe for ridicule. She also says "th" as "f" so "think" becomes "fink." I see many trips to the principal's office in her future.

Leslie said...

For us it was buh-sketti.

Effie said...

could be (as my hubby calls it):
shpagatts--don't ask--I have no idea where that comes from...

Katrina says "cheesh"--one of her absolutely favourite foods...

Moi said...

We were skepetti at our house. Then one day, it was spaghetti, and I was a little sad about it.

Enjoy your pasketti!

eclectic said...

C says spaghetti just fine, but caterpillars are "callipitters" -- just ask him.

sari said...

Isn't it "pis-ketti"?

My six year old says "clift" instead of "cliff", I just can't correct him, it's too funny. "He fell off the clift".

I know, therapy down the road.

Mindy said...

Ours is sketti's.

Anonymous said...

just a lurker...enjoy your posts by the way. it is buh sketti in our house too :)

Coffee Bean said...

Enjoy it! It's cute. They eventually say it right. Some of my favs from my kids:

Brulella = umbrella
Bodations = dalmations
Wuzzy du wa = what's wrong
Bine Kine = we never figured it out

James said...

Jameson is pretty good with his pronunciations, but for some reason he really took some liberties with spaghetti and has always just gone with "kibby."

ivysmom said...

My favorites with my 6 year old daughter right now are "exgusting" for disgusting and fighting "skittles" for fighting skills (her and her daddy karate fight and she says she needs to work on her fighting skittles!)
I enjoy lurking on your blog and I really enjoy your storytelling "skittles".

April said...

I actually know the answer to this. It's very common when kids develop their speech to get the consonant or vowel sounds in the wrong order. Their brain hears it correctly, and they think they are saying it correctly, but it comes out different. That's why speech professionals tell parents not to adapt their language to the child's, it can confuse them. Whatever, it's too cute not to say it their way.

My son mixed up the vowels. Instead of pizza it was patsy.

raisingtheboys said...

There is a restaurant chain near us called Fuddruckers. I cannot in a family forum tell you what Liam does with that word.

Jamie said...

Hmmmm....your son must be Eye-talian.

The Charming Hedonist said...

My niece calls it worms.

Charlotte in Pa said...

I definitely called it "pasketti and meat bulbs" when I was little. My family still teases me about it.

The girl that Sue is a nanny for used to say "lemolade" instead of lemonade. We were so sad when she learned to say it correctly. Ditto her two brothers with "cattached," as in "This train is cattached to that one."

Aunt Jo said...

It's a kid thing!

Fetcher said...

sometimes, they actually get words right, too ... and it's still funny. My middle girl, Ryleigh, was watching me play Medal of Honor for the PS 3 - and she asks me what I'm doing. I tell her that I'm saving the world from the bad guys.

"Bad guys Suck"

She's not even 3 yet.

LMAO

Charity Donovan said...

Pasketti...uggggh...i just shuddered when i read this. when we were kids my younger brother always said it like this & i ALWAYS pictured an ooozing overly infected wound. psecial memories of psicy puss-ketti. ..

Cole said...

There is a simple solution. Point to a pile of dog crap and refer to it as pasketti and then point to a plate of delicious spaghetti and refer to it as spaghetti.

When Max asks for pasketti, ask if he wants to eat pasketti or spaghetti. Give the kid what he asks for.

After no more than 2 or 3 tastings, I'm sure Max will get it right. Either that, or he'll develop a taste for turds.

Now you see why they don't let me have kids of my own.

PracticallyJoe said...

Growing up I knew how to say it right ... it was all macramoni ... long skinny macramoni ... short fat macramoni ... squiggly macramoni ... macramoni noodles ... of course it all went best with patsa sauce.

Geeks In Rome said...

I do know that language-wise t's get turned into d's ("compuder") and hard c's and g's interchange which might explain the inversion going on in the second syllable of pas-ketti instead of -ghetti. but I don't know why the p and the s get switched around! Steven Pinker's book, The Language Instinct, has lots of great gems but I can't remember if he talks about pasketti...

Just for the record, we live in Italy and my 3-year-old does a lispy "Thpaghetti." Otherwise, even the tiniest Italian kids never get this word wrong. I wonder if you made your kids eat spaghetti every day like they do here then your kids' pasta pronunciation might improve!!

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