Annoyed wife leaves husband who spent a year talking like a toddler

After one year of being publicly humiliated by her baby-talking husband, a woman decided to leave the man and his “cringeworthy behavior” that she says makes her “sick.”

The frustrated wife said he pushed her over the edge at the grocery store when he went full out toddler, jumping up and down while yelling, “ice cweam ice cweam! I want chocwit!”

But it wasn’t his infantile behavior that drove her out the door. When she begged him to see a doctor, he finally revealed the shocking truth. Keep reading to learn more about this hilarious, yet unsettling, story!

Desperate for advice, a woman shared her story on the ‘Am I the A**hole’ subreddit, detailing the unusual behaviors of her 35-year-old husband.  

“I don’t know where it came from. I don’t know why he’s doing this,” the author writes. “Sometime in the last year, my husband has picked up a habit where he talks like a baby. At first it was funny, but passed into embarrassing, cringeworthy behavior quickly.”

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Offering Redditors some examples of this behavior, she said he leans heavily on words like “meowmeow, sammy, sammiches, sammywhammy, chicky nuggies, chicky tendies,” all the while “adding a toddleresque ‘lisp’ to words.”

And it gets “really gross” when he talks to his wife about her “hoohas” and his “wee wee.”

“I cannot emphasize this enough: it is not endearing or sexy…We have not had sex for six months because he cannot stop talking about my ‘boobies’ and it makes me sick,” the original poster (OP) complains.  

‘God awful toddler’

The author next explains the man doesn’t limit the baby talk to their home and takes a lot of pleasure in using his “God awful toddler lilt or accent” in public.

“We were out at a restaurant with some friends, he actually ordered a ‘chicky sammy,’ that exact phrase.” The woman, who says the chicken sandwich order was one of many humiliating examples, adds, “after that, I just couldn’t stomach the idea of going out with him to adult places.”

Unfortunately, the unsuspecting wife believed the grocery store would be a safe place for the two to travel.

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“I finally hit my limit when we were grocery shopping and everything seemed normal and fine until he gasped like a kid, ran to the ice cream section, and jumped up and down yelling ‘ice cweam ice cweam! I want chocwit!’” she writes, noting that the grown man caused quite a stir in the store. “I was mortified. He kept going and kept saying ‘can we get popsicoos?’ and I just said, ‘Either talk to me like an adult or I’m leaving.’”

He then fired back: “you must be fun at parties, lighten up, will you?” and she kept her word.

As the couple arrived together in the car, the OP explains that she drove home alone, leaving her husband with a one-mile walk, hopefully using the time to consider what he had done.

He demands apology

Instead of expressing regret for his behavior at the store, the husband expected “an apology for embarrassing him by leaving him in the store.”

But she refused to apologize to a “35-year-old man with a mortgage and retirement account asking for ‘chocwit ice cweam.’”

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The woman further explains that the man, who’s gainfully employed, never baby talks with his co-workers, and with friends, “it’s generally meant to annoy them or gross them out, but he stops.”

Before asking Redditors, “AITA for leaving my husband in the grocery store because he started acting like a toddler?” the OP says, “I’m going crazy.”

‘Sounds like a brain tumor’

The online population offered their thoughts on the bizarre situation and voted unanimously, saying the woman is “NTA.”

“He’s not just embarrassing. He’s ignoring the boundaries she has set, and just plain ignoring her. This is a deep issue he needs to fix,” one user observes.

Meanwhile, other netizens suggested his inexplicable change in behavior could be medical.

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“Encourage him to go to the doctor…he needs to be checked out there might be something serious medically going on,” shares a second Redditor.

“Maybe you should take him to a doctor. This sounds like a brain tumor,” offers a third.

Another adds, “it does seem like maybe there’s something wrong. Perhaps something psychological or physiological…but this is odd. Especially if it seems out of character for the husband.”


Shortly after she penned her original post, the author shared an update, explaining she was genuinely concerned for her husband’s well-being, and begged him to “clarify if he was doing this on purpose or if we needed to seek medical intervention.”

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After realizing his wife was seriously worried, the man finally offered an explanation.

“It was a bet with one of his friends that started as them trying to embarrass each other in public. He bet my husband that he couldn’t keep it up for the whole year. The only ‘off-limits’ part was at work, because he couldn’t jeopardize his career.”

The carefully strategized bet, which involved sharing videos of him upsetting his wife with baby talk in public and in bed, had a prize of an autographed baseball.

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“He got cross with me in the grocery store because I interrupted the recording and almost ‘blew the whole operation.’ He wasn’t remorseful or apologetic…He kept saying ‘You just don’t get it, it’s not just a baseball.’”

The OP adds that after many tears and arguments, she left the man who “decided to jeopardize his marriage” for a baseball.

What do you think about what this husband did to his wife just to win a bet? Please let us know your thoughts and then share this story so we can hear what others have to say!


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