life with a pint-sized linguist

Alice is funny. We’ve established that. She’s also a budding linguist… and a bit of a grammarian.

The Kidling likes to make up words. Pretty good ones, if you ask me. For example:

Com-par-i-ment: The act of assessing two things side by side to determine significant similarities and/or differences. Comparison + Experiment.

Clerk-u-ler: The worker who one pays when finishing one’s shopping. Clerk + Customer.

Well-ly: To do something with a high degree of quality. Because even a toddler knows that adverbs end in -ly.

Pred-at: A creature that is hunted for food. See also, prey.

I think the folks at Oxford might need her for the next edition…

About The Mamahttp://kidlingville.comProfessional talker, editor, emailer, problem solver, adjunct lecturer, blogger, and mother to the brilliantly absurd Kidling.

8 thoughts on “life with a pint-sized linguist

  1. My daughter, when nearly being knocked over by a large dog at a birthday party, looked up at me and said “mommy, that cute dog just wagged me!”. Dogs, for sure, are good at wagging, in compariment to humans, that is.

  2. What a welly written post! I’ve decided that Alice might be the coolest person – toddlers or otherwise – in the blogosphere. I have to work to come up with stuff this clever. Out of the mouths of babes, ‘eh?

    • Tee hee. Thanks. And, if Alice could read, she would say thanks as well… after she told me that, in fact, she was warm. And why did this grown-up think she was cold? And, oh, cool means good? Well, that’s a nice thing to say! Tell her thank you.

  3. I think the folks at Oxford DO need her for their next edition! I mean if words like “Eeyorish” can find its way into the dictionary, then Compariment and Clerkular certainly should, too. xoxo.

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