Wassup Wit Dat!

Generational Baby Talk

May 29th, 2014

Having two keiki, 3 years old and 11 months old, I'm immersed in stuff from "baby talk" to children shows to cartoons to toys to clothing. If there's anything dat stays constant, it has to be nursery rhymes.

I sing da ABC's - with a BL twist at da end of course - Itsy Bitsy Spider and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to name a few. Now dat Da Keiki is in preschool, she now knows quite a few more like Wheels On The Bus, B-I-N-G-O and Old MacDonald. It's amazing how these songs nevah seem to fade away yeah?

There are also some local terms dat seem to "stick" at da "baby age" like bocha (bath), nene (sleep) and mum mum (eat/food) although da last term I found out isn't so local aftah all since there's actually a baby food brand called Mum Mum.

I couldn't believe it cause I ALWAYS thought dat was a local term - didn't mattah which generation or race - and it was something dat as we grew up, we always heard and said and passed on to each generation.

There are some "terms" we've either grown up with or have been saying recently which I have a feeling will be passed on from my keiki to their's. I say "Oi" (in a deeper, scolding kine voice) when calling out something they're not supposed to be doing. I say "whoo-sha" when swooping them up like an airplane (sounds bettah than reading it). And one thing I'm regretting saying more than my fair share is, "watevah" in da sassy-I-no-like-boddah-already kine voice cause my 3 year says it to da T and uses it in da right context and tone too!

Wassup Wit Dat!

Wat have you grown up with dat is "universal"? Have you your own nuances dat you've passed on to yours? If you have keiki, wat shows have you watched dat weren't in your time? I'm glad Sesame Street is still on and even still has Gordan and Maria! 😯 I'm glad dat there are educational and social cartoons out there as my daughter has actually learned a lot from da likes of Dora, Diego, Jake and The Neverland Pirates, Sid The Science Kid, Octonauts and Bubble Guppies just to name a few.

Watevah happened to Thundercats, He-Man, Transformers, GI Joe and one of my all time favorites, Star Blazers! 😉

Damn, showing my age...... **still lovin' old school** 😀

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11 Responses to “Generational Baby Talk”

  1. Makiki:

    Enjoy the old school kine stuff now before you find yourself texting them to pass the Kim Chee. Seriously I hope it never gets to that but old school stuff gets less and less the older they get.

  2. Lowtone123:

    I love telling a story of my daughter's favorite nursery rhyme "This Little Piggy". I used to recite it before bedtime using her toes (when wee, wee, wee, all the way home involved a tickle). When she was about 2 1/2 years old we were going over parts of her body and when we got to her toes, I asked her what they were and she said "piggies". I still get a laugh when I re-tell that story.

  3. DIO:

    Star Blazers?


  4. Lowtone123:

    Baby Mum Mum...Is that the one shaped like a mini surfboard and looks like Styrofoam?

  5. cojef:

    Nevah got the chance like all your brothers. Our son was little over 2 years old when he was adopted. The other half quit her job and was stay at home mom. Only thing we did together is taking a bath every nite.

  6. rayboyjr:

    😎 Good Evening Everyone!!! 😎

    ... hey Braddah Lance ... yeah, it's still cool when I hear these old school phrases ... sadly many will die with the next generations because language always evolves ... but I'll still use 'em ...

    ... but ... we got a couple differences in words you mentioned from what I remember ...

    ... "nene" or some variation of that spelling ... was for the baby bottle or drink from the baby bottle ... I think ...

    ... and sleep was "moi moi" or something like that ...

    ... Have a Good One Everyone!!! ...

  7. kamaaina808:

    @Lowtone123 rRe: baby Mum-Mum. Yep that be the one. Tastes like sugah-infused styrofoam, too. :-p

    She-she, of course...and yep, moi moi for sleep - ou ou for bath/shower.

    And yes - Sesame Street... and Bugs Bunny, Road Runner/Coyote. Rough kids, lol. 😀

  8. keoni:

    K-den, I going show my age (ala MLC). We old futs had Romper Room (Romper, stomper, bomper, boo...) and Miss Francis of Ding Dong School, among others. 🙂

  9. Ynaku:

    No forget Capt. Kangaroo

  10. kamaaina808:

    @Ynaku - You're right - and Mr. Green Jeans 🙂

  11. 9th Island Girl:

    Mum mum is what we said for food, and "all pau" when she was crying.

    My daughter used to watch Blues Clues and Dora, Sesame Street and Clifford. We used to watch Sesame Street, Electric Company, Speed Racer, Princess Knight, Checkers and Pogo...showing my age!

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