Monday, August 31, 2009

Kids say the darndest things . . .

The late Art Linkletter was famous for the phrase, "Kids say the darndest things", a segment of his radio and TV shows in which he interviewed kids and got some really funny responses. Kids are just naturally funny and you only have to listen attentively to hear some hilarious stuff come out of their mouths.

Just recently, I reminded my 29 year old son of a funny thing he said when he was probably about four years old. Hearing the little "toot" sound come from behind him, he turned around to look at his bottom and said, with a puzzled look on his face, "I burped from my bottom!" Burped from my bottom sounds so much more polite than fart.

When we'd put his younger brother to bed without turning on a nightlight, he'd complain, "I can't see my eyes!" I'm pretty sure that even with a nightlight on, he couldn't see his own eyes but we understood what he meant. To this day, if Julia and I go to bed in a completely dark room, one of us will usually comment, "I can't see my eyes."

My father was a smoker much of his life and one of my nieces used to scold him for smoking those "suck ashes", as she called them. I wonder how it might impact the sales of cigarettes if we all referred to them as "suck ashes"?

Another niece of mine loved to go to my father's store and play on his cash register or, as she called it, the "trash rabbit". Cash register . . . trash rabbit, they sound a lot alike when you think about it.

I think it was this same niece who also referred to marshmallows as "far fannies." I wonder if she had been smoking one of those funny "suck ashes" when she came up with that one.

What are some of the funny original things that you've heard kids say?

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