About a year ago, my wife and I were in the midst of watching the classic Stephen Fry/Hugh Laurie-helmed Jeeves and Wooster and we were allowing our kids to watch it along with us. We had been watching episodes each evening and the kids were keeping up well, though one night my at-the-time 2-year-old daughter fell ill. We put her to bed and watched our normal episode or two with our eldest.
The next morning, our daughter arose and demanded she be shown “Jesus Monster”. We scratched our heads in puzzlement until we realized that she was, in fact, asking to see the episode she had missed out on the previous night. In the spirit of the ever-valuable, ever-geeky Jargon File, I decided to catalog the various amusing and/or endearing malapropisms that my children have churned out over the years.
What follows is by no means comprehensive, but merely a sampling of the ones I have been able to jot down, catalog or otherwise remember.
a case with a handle and a hinged lid, used for carrying clothes and other personal possessions.
the chemical element of atomic number 13, a light silvery-gray metal. (Symbol: Al)
an improvised barrier erected across a street or other thoroughfare to prevent or delay the movement of opposing forces.
a meal eaten in the morning, the first of the day
detailed information telling how something should be done, operated, or assembled
a brand-name adhesive substance used for sticking objects or materials together, possibly made from actual gorillas.
a large, round, yellow citrus fruit with an acid, juicy pulp.