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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.

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.

Apparently, pee pie 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.

9 thoughts on “Northern vs Southern: Pee Pie

  1. 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. 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!.

  3. 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.

  4. We love pee pie!!! I’ve never lived anywhere but the South and that’s how we have always said it! I didn’t know people didn’t know what it was?

  5. It’s peep eye! Born and raised in the south…Ya’ll need to learn how to speak Southern! It’s all in the drawl!

  6. I’m from Texas- my mother uses peepie as a term of endearment for my daughter. It hit me this morning that I’ve never heard anyone else use that word. (I didn’t know some folks call peek-a-boo peep eye.) I found your blog because I was searching for how it was spelled, what it meant, it’s origin etc . All this time I thought it was ‘pea pie’ and it was only this morning when it dawned on me that pea pies aren’t a thing. Haha- glad to see your vet, my mom, and me use it. There are dozens of us. Dozens. Ha!

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