Northern vs Southern: Pee Pie

I am a product of parents from the Northeastern US, but I live in the Southeast, and let me tell you: those regions of the country do not speak the same language.


Endearing? I think not.



I have scads of examples, but this one has been cropping up a lot lately.

Pee pie.

Is that some kind of sick dessert joke?

Because that’s what it sounds like to me.

No, it is Southern for peak-a-boo. Example: I was playing pee pie with my baby to keep him distracted at the doctor’s office.

Today, I heard a vet tech use it as a “term of endearment” for my cat. I had to put that in quotation marks because my cat doesn’t really endear herself to the vet staff or any other humans for that matter.

I’m not saying that peak-a-boo is a ten-cent word, but pee pie? I somehow doubt pee pie is going to make it into my vocabulary.

Edited to add: Was just informed that this might actually be a mispronunciation of “peep eye,” in which case it’s not nearly as gross and makes a lot more sense. But I’m telling you, I hear “pee pie” every time.

6 Comments on Northern vs Southern: Pee Pie

  1. Witless Exposition // October 16, 2010 at 3:08 PM // Reply

    I have a similar story. Where I grew up (NE Texas), "bobo" was a term for your butt. Then when I moved to Mississippi, I found out it was a term for a hurt spot when a kid I was babysitting came up to me and said "Kiss my bobo."

  2. Jennifer Becton // October 16, 2010 at 3:13 PM // Reply

    LOL That is hilarious. I'll bet you were totally grossed out the first time you heard that one.

  3. LOL! Ah the wonders of language. :)

  4. I live in Alabama and play peep eye with my babies instead of peek a boo. It is both said here but I grew up with peep eye so that is what I automatically say. It is peep eye but it kinda runs to sound like pee pie. Oh and we say bobo too!.

  5. I grew up with pee pie too. Sounds cute. To each his own.

  6. Elizabeth Hazlett // January 29, 2013 at 8:43 PM // Reply

    I was playing with my grandbaby – putting a cloth over his eyes saying “pee pie” and my husband exclaimed to the babys parents “I think she is playing peek a boo, but she says pee pie”. Seriously, I had no idea it wasn’t called pee pie. I am from south Texas.

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