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The Garklet Lexicon
toddler garklet
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Up rather early this morning with the sound of a vomiting garklet. Cot disinfected, garklet bathed, and laundry on, and it's still not yet 7am. Still, at least he's still cheery.

Anyway, as much for our benefit as for yours, here's the young lad's current (consistent) vocabulary, as well as we can make it out.

gat
Any furry, four-legged mammal, most commonly a cat.
dak, duk
A bird, most commonly a duck.
dada
Daddy. Or Mummy. Or Alex. Or, in fact, any person.
bana
Banana.
baya
A vehicle (including aeroplanes)
bala
Aeroplane
bu-bow
Bubble. Or any round, see-through and pretty thing (raindrops on windows, etc).
buk
Book.
lo, elo, iya
Hello.
bye-a
Goodbye.
bow
The noise made by something falling or being thrown.
baw
A ball, or something which can be thrown.
uh oh
1. Oh dear, something has fallen down. It may have been an accident, but it's more likely that I did it on purpose.
2. Oh dear, something is not right. Also used when someone sneezes.
da
That, the thing that I am pointing at. Why do my stupid parents not understand what I'm saying to them?

Given this, it's hardly surprising that one of his favourite books (if not his absolute favourite) is the wonderful Sadie the Airmail Pilot, which features a cat who flies planes. Things don't get better than this for the under-twos, it seems.


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This made me chuckle.

I was also amused to see a demonstration of the use of 'uh oh' when the Garklet watched the clip of Lizzie sneezing.

R x

Garklet vomit is obviously my fault. I said to Emma last night that Cava all over the walls ought to be a "nice change from Garklet vomit", but then realised that he's getting a bit old to constantly have fluid leaking from one end or the other. Obviously he was keen to prove me wrong.

We think that it was the result of him bingeing on sour cream with the fajitas last night, since both of us are feeling fine...

"Bow". The English language makes that far too phonetically ambiguous.

Have you started teaching him Lojban yet?

That's bow as in the front end of a ship, not as in the projectile weapon.

As for Lojban, I'd be more inclined to teach him Esperanto. More useful, you know.

But, but...the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis!

If you're going for useful, Chinese is probably where it's at. Other Latin-derived languages are too easy a step to waste valuable early-start learning time on.

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Oo-er. And was it hydraulic concrete?

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I find it interesting that so many of those words begin with 'b'.

There are quite a few consonant sounds that we've heard him utter, but which he hasn't yet used to construct words. f, s, t (as an initial consonant), h, l (as an initial consonant), m, n, etc.

Hehe, Mine were three before they stopped shouting "DADDY!" happily when I picked them up from a creche or play group. Being reassured by health workers that Daddy is a lot easier to say, in case I was going to hang myself in shame at my failure in motherhood.

We'd guessed that d- words had to be easier to say (based on how many words in his vocabulary begin with either b- or d-). Would be nice if he managed 'mummy' at some point, though.

It will happen. At 3am.

You will lie there saying, see, he is shouting mummy, you can go.

Mine did go through a HUGE phase of one letter words, one week it was all b, then they would stop using those and start concentrating on Ls...

But they are special bless their socks.


It did sound a lot like he called Faith by her name at Clare and Alisdair's wedding.

True. We shall have to see if he does it again the next time we see you. (remember: nothing is Science unless it's repeatable)

Well, soon he'll be old enough for the Phillip K Dick juvenile's.

Damn straight. I'm starting him off on "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel".

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