At Least It Wasn’t Tommy Thompson

by doodaddy on May 20, 2009

Boo just said, very clearly, “My dolly’s uncle is Donna Shalala.” About 30 times.

Yes, dear, we’ve discovered nonsense words.

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Nan May 21, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Teach her some limericks! Or better yet, “Jaberwocky” which my boys love to recite gravely.


SAHD Dad May 26, 2009 at 4:22 pm

It could always be worse. My almost four-year-old has a gift for languages. By which I mean that he can understand and pronounce properly more than five words in five different languages (On the incredibly slim chance that your interested the languages are English, Spanish, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Mandarin Chinese; he’s also working on Russian). Please note, I do not know any words in at least two of them. It’s bad enough when I prod him for a “thank you” and end up having to apologize to him after my wife tells me “He did say ‘thank you.’ It was just in Chinese.”

But now I am now also getting nonsense words as he begins to explore the realm “How Many Silly Sounds Can I Make in a Minute?” The problem, of course, is that I often can’t tell which things are nonsense and which are actually words in some foreign tongue. This tickles him no end as he’s also exploring “How Much Can I Drive Daddy Crazy Before He Gives Me a Time-Out?”

And here I had been led to believe that having a smart child was a good thing.


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