What Say?

Little Z is a very curious toddler. In fact, I would go as far as to say he can be very nosey. He has two favourite questions. The first one is:

Who’s that?

This usually happens when we’ve passed someone in the street of I’m on the phone to someone. As a result he knows the names of all my friends and a handful of people at work, even though he’s not met most of them.

The second one is:

What Say?”

This usually immediately follows the first question if I’ve been on the phone. It always makes us smile as the question makes him sound like a 50 year old stemming from the depths of Yorkshire. Despite our attempts to make him say the full sentence he prefers this version and uses it approximately 2,355 times a day.

We are regularly trying to stop ourselves from saying it too! Not because we have anything against Yorkshire folk, but because we seem to be mimicking what he says a lot.

Like the other day, for instance.

A situation presented itself in our house around the time the Dawn chorus started. It was not the best time for a situation to present itself but when it did I wondered what to do for a bit.

The OH then made the fateful mistake of murmuring “What Say?” without realising what he was saying and what he was about to become embroiled in.

And Bam! That was it…

A sleepy argument had started as we both went about getting ready for work. There was loud incredulous whispering. There was hushed stomping at our annoyance with the fact that we were arguing so early in the morning and there was a lot of chuckling at the daft situation that had presented itself that was not the fault at either of us.

Calm descended equally quickly as we started coming up with the best solution we could cobble together at so early an hour and with that we embarked on our daily mission to try to lift and shift Little Z from the cot into the car seat without waking him.

He stayed asleep thankfully, bar one moment where he lifted his sleepy head to look at me and ask …

“What say?”.


59 thoughts on “What Say?”

  1. I like that πŸ™‚ My daughter is very similar and we too have started to mimic her – not deliberately, but when I’ve spent all day with her it is hard to switch back to adult speak. I often refer to meal times as “eats” and when I suggest we ask for help it is in the form of “ask the man” πŸ™‚

  2. So cute! I remember my kids always asking who people were – people we’d just passed I’m the street. They assumed we knew everyone! My husband and I picked up a phrase off Teletubbies when my son watched it years ago ‘what doing?’. We’ve only recently stopped using it!

  3. We find ourselves copying Bud’s funny little phrases too. He has a favourite toy tamborine which is always called a tangerine now, and there are so many others. I think it’s lovely – it will be a good way to remember them too.

  4. child talk is suprisingly catching isn’t it I remmeber the phase the same as this with the thousands of questions daily

  5. We spend our lives copying our children’s special little vocab – it’s go to the point where we do it in public, like at a restaurant I will say “I’m just going to the potty” hmmm. Not sure what the neighbouring tables think of that!

  6. LOL sounds very familiar. My boy keeps asking ‘what’s that nose?’ Or ‘What’s that?’ In fact that was the first thing she said to me as he opened his eyes this morning (we co-sleep 1/2 the night). Before my eyes open … ‘mummy what’s that nose?’ It was the garbage truck. Look in the bright side with every question they learn new words and new phrases to express themselves :0)

  7. awww such a lovely post. its funny how our LO’s one-liners become part of our everyday language isnt it. we have a lot we still use from our eldest and a few are starting to emerge with our youngest πŸ™‚ #happytimes

  8. Love this! ‘What Say’ is so cute! I have to try and stop myself mimicking Bob when she says things her own way but I don’t want to think of a day when she says things properly. :o) x

  9. Hahah I love the little things kids make up for things or the expressions they use but we also tried very hard not to copy them and encourage them to use the proper word etc.

  10. I love this πŸ™‚
    The little man has a thing for saying ‘see soon’ and we can’t help but say it when people leave, or on the phone etc


  11. oh dear !!! this did make me smile and some of it i was nodding my head too aswell! you have to be soooo careful what you say in front of children don’t you? We have a lot of ‘whats’ and ‘whys’ in this house but ‘what say’ is really funny and cute. wonder what they next word phae will be\??? xx

  12. That’s so funny.

    We have the problem in that we have really strange accents now. Living abroad, we’ve had to slow our speech down and say everything perfectly so we can be understood. I now speak English like it’s my second language. And CK speaks English with a German accent πŸ™‚

  13. Brilliant I love this post, reminds me of our toddler. We have “whatsatt?” and “whosiss?” all the time. Will be weird when they can talk properly πŸ™‚

  14. Hello
    Your post made me smile! πŸ™‚ I started to smile while reading your post about β€œWhat Say?” and about 50 year old stemming from the depths of Yorkshire… πŸ™‚
    I think that daily mission to lift and shift Little Z from the cot into the car seat without waking him is impossible. πŸ™‚ I would recommend to take cot with you! πŸ™‚

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