Over the past couple years I have, on many occasions, thought of (and been told to do) a blog on Andyisms.

Andyisms: words made up by Andy, either as the result of not being able to say the actual word or as a creative means to expressing himself

First, a couple of the current Andyisms…

Ban-dan(d): bandaid

Nitra: special pronunciation of the in utero name given to his little sister “Nitro” still commonly used to refer to her not in utero self

Last night: used when referring to anything or any event that has happened in the past

Grabble: used randomly during play, table discussions, and many other situations. We have no idea what this means or what he is referring to when he uses this term. We now just smile and nod.

Hurse: alternative pronunciation of “horse” which he actually used correctly prior to beginning to use this term

Monkey playing ball: description of Andy’s Life is Good baseball shirt

That guy: used to refer to anything; replaceable with any noun Ex. Andy wants to move that guy. That guy = a chair.

Now for a couple past Andyisms…

Leau: water (this took us a long time to figure out)

Along the same lines is Andy’s progression of counting…
1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10
1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 19
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,12, 13, 14, 14, 19, 20
Now he is solid to 20.

And finally (for now) Imagine a guttural throat clearing noise. That is the sound that Andy’s play tractors make when driving.


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