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Toddler Linguistics, part the nth
preschool garklet
nmg

An account of a conversation while waiting at bus stop with ias and the garklet:

garklet
My1 like coiley-wotey.
ias
What's coiley-wotey?
garklet
Coiley-wotey!
nmg
Colley Wotty?
garklet
Coiley-wotey!
nmg
What sort of a thing is coiley-wotey!
garklet
*pause* Coiley-wotey!
ias
He's making this word up.
nmg
Are you making this word up? Is this another silly word?
garklet
No, coiley-wotey!
ias
How big is coiley-wotey?
garklet
*looks confused*
ias
Is coiley-wotey big or small?
garklet
Coiley-wotey!
ias
He's just saying that! Stop saying that!
nmg
*has flash of inspiration* What colour is coiley-wotey?
garklet
Grey.
nmg
*thinks* What sort of animal is coiley-wotey?
garklet
He a woof, chase roadroader. Roadroader goes beep-beep!
ias
Aha! He's a wolf! You're talking about Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner, aren't you?
garklet
Yes, my like coiley-wotey.
nmg
That's Wile. E. Coyote. Can you say it after me? Wile E.
garklet
Coiley-wotey.
nmg
*sighs*

1. This is a persistent verbal tic that he's had for the last six months. My, how we've tried to cure him of it.


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He's not wolf, he's a coyote...

Canine taxonomy is possibly a little beyond him at the moment.

On the other hand, I don't recall having described Wile E. Coyote as a wolf at any point, so he's worked that much out by himself. Colour me impressed.

The kid has at least developed a proper appreciation for the engineer of the Looney Tunes line-up.

(Sigh. Obligatory XKCD.)

LOL! I thought I'd read all of XKCD, but I seem to have missed that one.

Why are you trying to correct verbal tics and mispronunciations? They sort themselves out of their own accord and you will remember them fondly.

Mind you, how we laughed when we got Marianne to read out loud to us and she put an r in the middle of mascot.

It might say something about me that I realised he meant Wile E Coyote without the prompts... :s

Heh. Please accept this award for Toddler Understanding.

Verbal tic, eh? My username here is a verbal tic of my daughter's when she was a toddler.

Indeed - "open it", if I recall.

Yes -- and infinitely easier to spell than "uppa-tayah," which meant "up the stairs."

Lovely. I do like 'Roadroader' - absolute classic toddlerism.

Also, I love the way the coiley-wotey is almost a Spoonerism.

>-wotey
>-wotey
>-wotey
You appear to be a raisy-dasing a Flan-diddly-anders.

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