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renniekins
renniekins
Baby Talk
Back when I visited my nephew, we had many interesting conversations. A lot of them were somewhat challenging, because, well, he is still new to this talking thing. He was just 17 months old after all. I did my best to interpret what he was saying though.

My sister was holding him at one point, and he said, "Poo-tee!"

We both looked at him puzzledly. "What did you say?" my sister asked him.

"Poo-tee!"

I have a bad habit sometimes, when I don't understand someone, of just picking the closest thing to whatever I did hear and pretending that's what they said. Whether or not it is at all likely. This kind of deliberate misinterpretation always amuses me. (I admit that others might find it annoying-not-amusing at times though, so I try not to over-use it.) "Poutine?" I said to him. "Don't be silly; poutine isn't good for babies." I poked him in the belly, elicting a smile. "Besides, you're not Canadian. We're not anywhere near Canada. There isn't any near here."

My sister gave me an even blanker look than the one she had been giving our nephew. "What are you talking about?" The baby looked at my curiously also.

"He's asking for poutine, and I was telling him that was a silly idea."

"What??"

"Poutine, you know, the Canadian snack, fries with cheese curds and gravey....?"

At this point, his dad (my brother) rolled his eyes. "He's saying that someone or something is pretty," he informed me.
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bob_the_mighty From: bob_the_mighty Date: September 14th, 2004 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I see you get the same blank stares that *I* get from my sisters at times.

It's GOOD being the Weird OneTM of the family!

>;-D
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: September 14th, 2004 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
mmmmmm poutine. it's what's for dinner.
(seriously!)
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: September 14th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't make me feel more guilty I am her poutine enabler!

Resist the poutine!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: September 14th, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
poutine is the BOMB DIGGITY!
i adore the stuff.
nishar From: nishar Date: September 14th, 2004 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Nephew

At this point, his dad (my brother) rolled his eyes. "He's saying that someone or something is pretty," he informed me.

I am thinking your nephew thinks you are pretty... he is right. *nods*
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 14th, 2004 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nephew

awww....you guys are both the sweetest!
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: September 14th, 2004 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do the same thing with my nephew. The problem is that he is glad and eager to correct you, so we get into arguments over the correct way to say a word. I usully win them because I resort to tickling :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 14th, 2004 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure that as mine gets older, he'll start doing the same!
anderale From: anderale Date: September 14th, 2004 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
hahaha! Jenny deliberately misinterprets things with me and we end up laughing hysterically half the time. I find it very amusing.
joline From: joline Date: September 15th, 2004 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
aw! my folks and i gained two new favorite words from a boy his age. my mom and i were babysitting a little guy once, and he wanted to go for a walk. so he said, pleadingly, "Toe-ma!"
We repeated the word verbatim: "Toe ma?" to which he enthusiastically agreed. "TOMAAAA!!" We eventually realized that "Toe ma" mean "Come on." Now we say "Toe ma" when someone's taking too long to get out the door. Try it, it's fun. He also coined the term "Dershday." As in, "Happy Dershday, have some dershday cake!"
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 15th, 2004 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's cute! Toemaaa! Dershday is also adorable. Little kids can be so much fun. (:
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