I wasn’t going to say anything, but it has been three weeks now. My son is driving me mad.

It started slowly, I barely noticed it to begin with. But with every passing day, he says it more and more. SUI. Yes, sounds just like Anna Sui, the designer. No idea what this means or where he heard it from.

He manages to work it into almost every sentence.

I ask him if it means REALLY. He tells me NO, really is really.

I ask him if it means SERIOUSLY. He says NO, seriously no.

I ask him if it means CERTAINLY. He says certainly NO.

Then he adds: SUI is SUI. That’s what I sui know.

I remember when I was a teenager, COOL became cool. We were all working so hard to insert it into everything we said. My grandparents tried so hard to tolerate it. But Little J is not even four years old…

So I am asking you. What do you think this is? Does it mean anything in another language? Have you heard anyone say it lately?

Something, anything?!? Please help…

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  1. Lisa August 11, 2011 at 21:40 #

    Maybe “surely?” :)

    • Stasha August 11, 2011 at 21:50 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Why didn’t I think of that?! I will ask him first thing in the morning. THANK YOU!

    • Stasha August 12, 2011 at 18:36 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      You solved the mystery! My three and a half year old conifrmed this morning it is in fact surely. There were no prices, but I am forever in debt to you and will credit you for a little bit of my sanity saved. Thank you.

  2. Hal Hovey August 11, 2011 at 22:02 #

    Twitter: halhovey
    How about “So” ? as in, “I am SO ready for it to be summer already!”

    BTW, SO don’t forget to take little J (and Big J) to see the ships in Penn Cove. Big Sea Battles in Penn Cove at 2 PM Saturday and Sunday, between the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain!

    • Stasha August 11, 2011 at 22:10 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I heard, so exciting! Big J coming home on Saturday, so I will drag them to see the “Pirates”. And then stop for pizza in Ciao. Have you been? It is delicious!

  3. [email protected] Wants This August 11, 2011 at 22:09 #

    Twitter: MamaWantsThis
    My first thought was “so” – that’s the closest right??

    • Stasha August 11, 2011 at 23:00 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      He says so fine, must be something else. I think he made it up…

  4. mom2kiddos August 11, 2011 at 23:26 #

    Twitter: kiddothings
    Oh my…HAHAHAHAHAHA!! I can’t stop laughing at this post!!!
    “Sui” in Hokkien, a Chinese dialect, means “beautiful”.
    But I’m guessing he’s trying to say “sure” here when he says “sui”.

    Hahaha…I’m getting a tummy ache. He is SO cute and your comic strip up there is just…hahaha! Thanks for a good laugh today!

  5. Jessica August 11, 2011 at 23:36 #

    Twitter: Mytimeasmom
    I think it means “SO” or that he was talking to my kids and they made up another new strange word. Either one is highly likely in my opinion.

  6. Kimberly August 11, 2011 at 23:48 #

    Twitter: MamasMonologues
    Does it mean “so”? That’s what I thought as I read through it.

  7. Ashley Sisk August 12, 2011 at 07:40 #

    That’s so funny – and I love the cartoon effect! I have a hard time understanding kids in general, but it’s still funny.

    • Stasha August 12, 2011 at 10:04 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Don’t worry I have a hard time too. Except for mine. But I do have to interpret his gibberish to everybody else.

  8. Runnermom-jen August 12, 2011 at 10:55 #

    Twitter: runnermomjen
    Ha! I think he’s trying to make up a word, and maybe it will catch on!! I don’t know, but the pictures sure are cute :)

  9. Kim August 12, 2011 at 11:53 #

    LOL, he’s too cute! Is it “surely”? Do you use surely around him often? I think it is so cute if it isn’t though, maybe he just invented his own word! Sui does sound sweeter than surely, and easier to say :) I love how creative you are with your graphics and words!

    • Stasha August 12, 2011 at 18:34 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I asked him this morning if it means surely and he said yes. Then I asked him to say surely and he said SUI. Then I asked him to say sure and he said SURE. Needless to say, I am confused. Must be the y?
      I don’t think I say surely often, but who knows. Nobody around to confirm or deny…
      Do your girls say things you don’t understand?

      • Kim August 12, 2011 at 20:58 #

        All the time! My two-year-old just keeps babbling the same ‘word’ over and over, not minding that I don’t get it. But my four-year-old, whew, she starts to yell or cry, very frustrated with me. Then if I figure it out, she says, “see mommy, that’s what I was saying.” I try to get context clues to help me, but sometimes it is a word she’s heard in a movie or from school and I just can’t figure it out.

  10. Urška via Facebook August 12, 2011 at 13:25 #

    I’m pretty sui (sure) Simmy Sim taught him that or at least help him 2 invent it while they were playing. It will pass, don’t worry. Invent one yourself and join the happy sui gang :)

  11. Jennie August 12, 2011 at 15:38 #

    I have NO idea what it means, but my four-year-old does the SAME thing! He went through a phase a year ago where he said the same weird, made-up word in nearly every sentence and it drove me MAD! I didn’t know what it meant and what the hell it meant, but it was annoying. I don’t even remember what it was because I blocked it from memory.

    • Stasha August 12, 2011 at 18:27 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      These boys of ours sure have an overactive imagination. I can live with him saying it, I just want to know what it means! Starting to think this is karma biting me back for the cool thing!

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  13. Janice August 12, 2011 at 18:00 #

    Twitter: mommyslounge
    So far, my kids have not made up any words yet. Am I lucky or what? But little J is just too cute. When I saw this post, I thought SUI? As in what farmers say when they call in the pigs? LOL.

    • Stasha August 12, 2011 at 18:28 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Funny you, it might be! But we don’t really have any piglets around, just cows. Would that work?

  14. jacqui August 12, 2011 at 18:47 #

    Twitter: chicktuition
    I’m glad the mystery is solved! I loved reading about it though…especially with the comic book format I like so much. Who does Lucy belong to?

    • Stasha August 12, 2011 at 19:00 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Lucy moved in with Isaac next door. She is a bubbly 3 month old. Guess it is a bit like playboy mansion, except Isaac and my dog don’t seem to like the blondie. It wears them out even looking at her.

  15. Linda Medrano August 13, 2011 at 15:10 #

    Little J is saying “sure” or “surely”. Or he’s saying “Shirley” but I doubt that he means “Shirley”. My daughter and her husband speak a combination of English and Farsi at home. When my grandson, Cyrus, was about 2 and a 1/2, he came to stay the night with us and nearly drove me crazy asking for his binky and his low. When I called my daughter, I asked her if these were words in Farsi and she said no, they were not. He was asking for his blanket and his pillow. Go figure! Sui that should have been obvious!

  16. deborah l quinn August 13, 2011 at 23:22 #

    Twitter: mannahattamamma
    Well shoot, I was pretty sure it was “surely,” too, but now all these other smart readers of yours have beat me to it! He must sui be an intelligent young man to insert such a proper word into his sentences!

  17. DogsMom August 14, 2011 at 07:47 #

    From context I was going to say “sure” or a derivative from that. Sometimes when you are the one originally hearing it and it doesn’t click every time after you hear something further and further away. You just needed fresh perspective.
    Since I don’t know how to pronounce Anna Sui, (I might have said Sue) I did not get surely from the spelling.

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