Hacks for the One-Year-Old Vocabulary ~ BitterSweetLife

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Hacks for the One-Year-Old Vocabulary

Every so often I have this spontaneous impulse to make helpful modifications to Aidan's vocabulary. Little tweaks that will make life easier and more interesting for everyone concerned.

For example, he has a hard time saying "spoon." I think it's the "s" and "p" combination. This is apparently very tricky for a 22 month-year-old, and the word usually comes out "poon," unless he takes special care to get it right, in which case he says "SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS-poon,"and everyone applauds. In light of this, I told him he could say "harpoon," if that would be easier.

Ten, twenty years down the road, is this going to be a problem?

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John B. said...


Steve Martin used to have a riff which goes, "Here's a good trick to play on a little kid: Whenever you're around him, talk wrong. That way, he'll grow up and say things like, 'Mama go dog-face to the banana patch?'"

So, no, Ariel. There won't be any troubles at all on down the road.


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