Blueberry gow

Dominic’s language has been exploding over the last two weeks.  Speaking–or trying to–is now his default mode, though deciphering what he’s saying is still pretty touch and go.  Here is a helpful snippet from the Dominic-to-English dictionary:

Pay-guh: playground
Boobuh: blueberries
Chooch: church
Bast baba: basketball
Peetish: pizza
Pich: chips
Jew-wah: cereal
Jew-bah: …rosary?  (seriously, I have no idea.)

Some of the reason for the fuzzy pronunciation is just that he’s trying to say EVERYTHING all at once, so it’s a bit slap-dash.  He doesn’t have time for accuracy, people!  Do you have any idea how many words are waiting just behind that last one, clamoring to get out? “Here!  Here’s a sound.  It vaguely resembles what I want to say.  Moving on!!”

…and some of the difficulty might be just…well, whatever makes toddlers pronounce things in willfully weird ways.  When I was about his age, I had this conversation with my parents:

“Jenny, say, ‘popsicle.'”
“No no!  Ok, say ‘pop’.”
“Good! Now say, ‘sicle.'”
“Very good!  Now say, ‘popsicle.'”

Dominic and I had his first “pop-bicycle” conversation today:

[Dominic, clamoring for jam on his corn muffin]: “Gow!”
“Ha!  Honey, say ‘jaaaaaam’.”
“Goooooooooow.” [laughter. Making the hand-sign for ‘more’.]
[sigh] “Oh, okay, wait!  Dominic, say “Jew-bah”.”  [Still don’t know what it is, but it will serve the purpose.]
“Right! Jjjjjjjjjjjjjjew-bah.”
“Good!  Jjjjjjjjjjjjjjew-bah.  Jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjam!”
[Dominic laughing]
“You try!  Jjjjjjjjjjjjjjew-bah.  Jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjam!”
“Jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjew-bah!  Goooooooooooow!”



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