Anyone who has spent more than two minutes with a kid knows that they often say some pretty outrageous and hilarious stuff. Last week, best-selling historical romance novelist Tessa Dare shared an example of a kid’s unique ability to come up with ridiculous, yet secretly, brilliant words when she tweeted out her friend’s kid’s alternative name for a crow. Dare even appealed to Merriam Webster Dictionary to consider the name change.
My friend’s 5-year-old just saw a crow and called it a “Halloween eagle.”
And a child shall lead us. It is known. This is the new name for the bird-formally-known-as-crow. You know what to do, @MerriamWebster.
— Tessa Dare
The tweet ended up going viral and, of course, other adults were soon offering other hysterical alternative name ideas created by children (or created by them when they were children). The entire thread became a solid argument for why kids should be in charge of naming everything. One user even shared the hilarious name they had for cauliflower when they were a kid.
When I was a kid I called cauliflower on my plate “little white trees”
— Tarquin Malarkey (@TarquinMalarkey) May 31, 2018
Another user tweeted the very unique way a kindergartener decided to describe her gloves.
A kindergartner told me she liked my hand socks…gloves obviously. But now forever hand socks.
— Jenny Watson (@msjennywatson) May 30, 2018
Also, how are we supposed to live with ourselves knowing that we could have been calling rhinos “battle unicorns” this entire time?
A friend's 5 yr old saw a rhino and called it a "Battle Unicorn". Can we let 5 yr olds christen new species please?
— Zoe Tuinman (@ZoeJTuinman) May 30, 2018
And while kids are often silly, they can also be pretty philosophical with their names, too. As one dad proved when he shared his daughter’s surprisingly deep name for dreams.
My daughter once referred to dreams as "The Stories In My Eyes"
— lama-j spelt bakword (@lama_j) May 30, 2018
But, of course, they all proved that a kid’s imagination is a wonderful thing we should all enjoy.
When my daughter was 3 or 4, she called a smoke stack at a local business a "cloud factory." Yep, that *is* what it looked like!
— Kristin Locke (@kree104) May 30, 2018
So maybe, in the future, we should start letting kids name things more often. Life might be a little more absurd, but it’s also guaranteed to be a lot more fun. If you’re still skeptical, maybe an endorsement from Merriam Webster Dictionary will change your mind.
This is an essential thread for your Wednesday. https://t.co/Y5ZjNP6mfF
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 30, 2018