Last Thursday, Ella began saying the word, "stupid" repeatedly. She wouldn't stop. No good reason. Just blurting it out and laughing hysterically. Finally, we discussed that this word was not a nice word and that she shouldn't use it. She didn't get the message apparently, so she went to time-out. If (okay, when) she said it while in time-out certain unfortunate measures were taken. But she just didn't seem to understand that she wasn't supposed to say that particular word, and its humor only seemed to grow.
We thought that it had to do with being around other kids... until that night. I had the startling revelation that it was, in fact, due to the scene in Beauty and the Beast when Beast is getting ready for their big date, looks in the mirror, and humorously states that he looks, "stupid." And it IS funny. It isn't meant to hurt another person's feelings. It was just a statement of opinion.
But I told her not to say it, so discipline was required, even if her intent was pure silliness. Sorry, world, for blaming you for the effects of our choice of entertainment.
Incidentally, she hasn't said it since that day. Apparently, it isn't as funny anymore. DeLaynie never even understood what she was saying, though it was as clear as day. DeLaynie's response was, "Ella said 'pig costume!'" Apparently, she is just that innocent of a soul.