Bun: A Dictionary

April 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Posted in Bun | 12 Comments
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bah n.
bath, or ball, or occasionally button; determine by context.

beh n.
denotes an animal of any kind, usually a dog, sometimes a zebra, once a flamingo.

cookie n.
the only acceptable choice at meal time.

Can you spot the bah and kuk?

gaga n.
popcorn, to be eaten at snack time or fed to the dog.

gwee v.
an abbreviation for “Give me some of whatever it is you’re eating, and give it to me now”; usually accompanied by finger-pointing and feet-shuffling.

kuk n.
1. a vehicle of any kind, most often a truck. 2. sidewalk chalk, esp. when smeared on hands or pants.

mommy n.
the sweetest word in the English language; guaranteed to turn your heart into a puddle.

nah adv.
no; usually enunciated as a growl.

num n.
a pacifier; also known as “baby’s first addiction.”

wawee n.
waffle, the second most acceptable choice at meal time; see also “cookie.”

wee-wow n.
the sound a kitty cat makes; see also “beh.”

What’s your little one saying these days? Why is “no” such a powerful word for the toddler set? And do you like wawees??



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  1. Why is “no” such a powerful word for the toddler set?

    For roughly two years, parents and caretakers and older siblings have been telling a child ‘no’ and taking something away. But the child doesn it again and hears ‘no’ and goes through all the motions again. Around the age of two, the child finally completely grasps the concept of ‘No’ and what it means and how to use it.

    Like all children who learn a concept, they use it. The Terrible Twos are not about children suddenly becoming willfull and talking back. It is about children learning concepts they have been experiencing and now putting them into practice.

    They know that when you say no and take something away it means they are not supposed to have or do something. So when the parent does something they don’t like or has something they don’t want the parent to have (usually because they want it) they say no and may try to take it or they may try to slap a hand or whatever action the parent normally would do in that situation.

    Yelling and getting mad at a child for a behavior directly learned from the parent is pointless and they NEED to learn the concept of NO.

    This is now the opportunity to start learning when it is appropriate and not appropriate. It is when they start to learn that because a parent tells them no it does not mean they can tell the parent no as well. This is now when a child starts to learn family dynamtics and the roles of authority figures and their role as a child.

    I suppose you can say they spent 2 years, infancy to toddlerhood, learning concepts. Now, as a toddler, they are starting to learn context for the concepts they now understand.

    I always get upset when I see a parent responding to a child with inappropriate anger levels and actions for ‘sassing’ back when the child doen’t know or understand what ‘sassing’ back is yet. They need to learn it but with appropriate correction.

    Sorry, “NO” and toddlers is one of my soap box issues. This is probably more than you wanted when you addressed the question.

  2. Awwwwww…. so cute.

  3. So sweet!
    PS – why don’t you ever comment on my blog anymore?… WAH hahaha… just kidding. xo

  4. I see the feet shuffling that accompanies “gwee”. And I remember….


  5. Nice set of words! But, wasn’t Bun just born? !?! Time.

    We got a book about being a big sibling that talks about how hard it is when parents enter their bossy stage. Hee hee. No is essential to handling bossy ones.

  6. Very enjoyable post. There is no like button so I’ll improvise. {O} Like-check.

  7. My infant says “mum-mum” for milk, dada for daddy, “tat” for cat and “dah” for dog. Words. Words! She’s my baby – babies aren’t supposed to talk! Can you tell I’m just not ready?

  8. wait…. are you implying that cookies and waffles are NOT acceptable meal choices? because if that’s the case, i’m going to have to seriously rethink my meal planning for the week. or my life.

  9. M says fast “nah”, but very seriously. And he nods yes, which is hilarious. He says, “ka” for car. He says “dakoo” for thank you, which is adorable. He doesn’t say “mama” yet, which I think is usual.

    • Oh, and, yes that “give me what you have” sound. For M as of now, it’s a bit of a grunt or inquisitive “ah?” sound, accompanied by an outstretched hand grasping the air.

  10. Okay, I love “wee wow.” My little gal says “yep” a lot with (“no” plenty as well, of course) and does so with a gusto that cracks us up. She also has names for her brothers “Nom Nom” and “Char Char.” She has some other words as well. Not really sentences yet or anything, but I feel like we are on the cusp of a verbal explosion. I think life will be easier for everyone when she can communicate more clearly, but it will be one more sign that she is growing up. My baby. Eeks.

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