I'm trying to keep my business, my triplets, and my waistline under control. I excel at one of those, fail at another one of those, and one is a work in progress. Which is which is day dependant.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

You Say Tomah-Toe

One of the more amusing past times during our trip to the States was listening to my kids trying to pronounce American words. This time around, they can all read...and they all have strong opinions about what they want to eat or not eat - so they would look in stores and at menus and basically make their own decisions. The major problem was that most of the time, I had NO IDEA what they were saying, to whit:

C: Mom, can I have a snack? (Yes, she changed from Mum to Mom. When in Rome and all that.)
Me: Sure. What do you feel like?
C: Well, I'd really like a bag of Cheh-toss.
Me: A bag of what?!
C: Cheh-toss.
Me: What?
C: (getting increasingly frustrated) MOM! You know, the bag with those twisty orange things in them. CHEH-TOSS! CHEH-TOSS!
Me: OH! You mean CHEETOS? *insert hysterical laugher* Yeah, you can have some, but they are pronounced CHEE-TOES.
C: No, they're not. See? Right there on the pack. C-h-e-e- is "CHEH" and t-o-s is "TOSS" so they are CHEH-TOSS.

At this point I stopped arguing and decided that Chehtoss sounded cuter than Cheetos anyway.

However, we then had run ins with:

Dorie-toss (Doritos)
Ennerman's (Enteman's)
Hear-she's (Hershey's)
Roofles (Ruffles)

...and so on and so forth. Bloody hilarious, I tell you. I could spend HOURS with my kids wandering the junk food aisles of American supermarkets, just to hear them say funny stuff.

Funnier still? Listening to my Aussie-accented, super-lisp-afflicted son, trying to imitate Paula Deen. "Hawww-dee, Yooolll. We's goinna cuhk sumfin' FRAHH-D tonight!"

(and the post about American food will follow soon enough. Hold onto your hats, Yoll.)


Happy Family said...

Are you any where near Sydney? I am a member of TC and we are coming to Sydney for 10 days. I would love to meet another triplet mom while there. Also, I could use some suggestions on places to visit and things to do while there with hubby and kids.

momzen said...

As long as you're there, you need to get your "yoll's" right...

y'all - plural. Example: Hey y'all... let's go swimming (for friends)

all y'all - plural plus strangers. Example: All y'all can get your plates over at the table, then help yourself to some deep-fried turkey (at a party).

all y'alls - plural possesive. Example: Once you get all y'alls plates, there extra chairs down yonder.

(I learned so much living in Louisiana for six years!)

emzeegee & the hungry three said...

Hi Happy Family,

We're in Melbourne, which is south west of Sydney - about an hour long flight. There should be several multiple birth families in Sydney, I would suggest contacting AMBA (australian multiple birth association) online and ask them for the details of a local club. I've got an AMBA link on the right side of my blog but you can also Google them. Sydney is very kid friendly and there is heaps to do - have a great time!

Momzen: seriously? 3 ways to use it? Holy cow. Personally my favourite Paula Deen moment was watching her deep fry LASAGNA. Oy!