kidism n. Word that a three, four or five-year-old kid messes up just slightly even though they are already, for the most part, speaking like champions. You have a hard time correcting these when they’re made, because they’re pretty cute. And, it’s a bittersweet moment when a child stops bungling the words because it means he or she is growing up. Sob.
(Thank you to everyone who answered my request and either sent in a suggested name for these words that kids bungle or sent in their own examples. Tamara and Amelia both chose the winning word. They suggested calling these words, “Kidisms.” And, so, as you see, we did. The first runner-up is Michael from Virginia who said, “Perhaps small word mistakes should be called ‘Blunderspeak?’” Again, another perfect word. Thanks to all of you. I’m going to throw an imaginary dinner party tonight at my house and toast each of you. (We’re serving steak. I hope that none of you are vegetarians!)