As King was learning to talk, he would invariably mispronounce words and then I would correct him - most of the time. But there were some variations he would come up with that I actually preferred, or more likely, as a mother, thought were just too darn cute. I didn't want to let these words go, lost forever to Ms. Diction, the buttoned-up mistress swacking her stick saying "it's chi-pote-LAY, dear, not chi-pote-EL". So I wouldn't correct these words, in fact, I would start using them myself, actually trying to reinforce them, hoping they'd stick around just a little bit longer. Alas, they are all gone now, but here are a few of my favorites.
'puter (poo-ter): computer; as in "Mama's going to give you a cookie, so you'll let me stay on the 'puter longer."
hopticopter (hop-te-copter): helicopter (This one was just fun to say.)
'mote: remote control; as in "find me the 'mote, so I don't have to get off my lazy ass to change the channel."
hood: hid; as in "Where is the 'mote? I hood it." (This one actually drove me crazy, but took forever to correct. A few wires crossed, I guess.)
backset: basket; as in "I want to be a backsetball player when I grow up."
bemember (bah-member): remember; as in --"Where did you hood the 'mote?" -- "I don't bemember." (He actually still uses this one.)
I'm sure there are more, but I am surprised I bemembered as many as I have. If I were a good mother I would have written them down in his baby book as soon as he said them. But neither of my children have even the beginnings of a baby book, so if I think of any more I'll add them here.
I bemembered some more...
Hickey Dock: Hickory Dickory Dock (the song)
Pop the Weasel: Pop Goes the Weasel (also, the song); as in "Mama, do Pop the Weasel, again."
here are some more... (almost four years later!)
King used to refer to that big building in New York City as the "Entire State Building"
A stuffed animal was a "stuffed-in animal".
Mike used to say his "L"s as "Y"s, which gave rise to interesting phrases like: "the dog yicked my yeg" and "my yips are chapped".
He used to pronounce "TH" as "B", giving you "banks you" or "banks a yot". Then "B" gave way to "F" and it was "fanks" and "I need a baf. I'm a yittle dirty."
An experiment is a "spearmint".
When he wants to get out of carrying something, he'll say "I can't carry any more; I'm full of hands"
OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN
Mike's girlfriend, Fi, pronounces her "K"s, as "T"s, producing one of my favorite characters ever: "Hello Titty".
My nephew, li'l G, used to start all his words with "D", making King "Ding". Our favorite by far was "dugar dap dees" for sugar snap peas.
That's all for now... I'll update again in another four years.