Request for examples of children's speech

Ann Burlingham ann at BURLINGHAMBOOKS.COM
Fri Jul 8 16:14:24 UTC 2011

On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 12:10 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at> wrote:
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> Subject:      Request for examples of children's speech
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>     I am presently compiling examples of children's misintepretations of what they hear from adults,
> e.g. (from a 3-year-old girl): "Our father, who art in heaven, Hollywood [hallowed] be thy name,"
> (from another 3-year-old girl): "Hail, Mary, full of gravy [grace],"
> and from various children who have mangled the Pledge of Allegiance, e.g.,  as a composite: "and to the Republicans [republic] for Richard Stands [which it stands], one nation, invisible [indivisible], with liver and onions [liberty and justice] for all ."
>     If anyone has any more examples, I'd be very grateful to hear of them.  Due credit will of course be
> given in whatever is written up.

My son (now 7) has referred to a local establishment as the "Chocolate
Corral" for a long time. It's the Charcoal Corral.

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