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Being an English Major in college I like to think that my vocabulary is a little bit bigger than the average person. Not to boast by any means, but the amount of reading I did in college has to have had some kind of an effect on the amount of words I’ve come across in my lifetime.
I am always still learning new words.
There are a million and one ways to figure out what a word means but the only vocabulary resource you will ever need is only a few paragraphs away. (Keep reading to find out what it is.)
Sticks & Stones may break my bones…
but words will never hurt me.
The age-old nursery rhyme isn’t so true in this time of mass bullying incidents, but it does make one thing clear. Words are important and to expand your vocabulary only makes it easier for you to navigate through the world.
Today’s BlogHer.com prompt has to do with vocabulary.
What is a new word you learned recently? Can you take a photo to convey the definition?
Kids say the darnedest things.
Inspired by this prompt I actually had to think about this for a minute. What new words have I learned lately? I know there is mastitis, a breast infection that I contracted when I was breastfeeding my daughter a few years ago and there are a whole list of technical terms I’ve learned from listening to Hubby talk about his mechanic work.
The majority of the vocabulary that is new in my life are things my kids say:
- Mo-mo: motorcycle Look at that sweet mo-mo dad!
- Glub: glove Can you help me with my glub?
- Lankie: blanket Green lankie is on my bed mommy!
My favorite term that my entire family has adopted is:
Now before you call the grammar police, I know it’s totally NOT grammatically correct to say it this way. It really is the type of saying like Git R Done! that is used purely for comic relief.
- Someone has just sped away from you, either by foot or by vehicle. He gone!
- Someone has fallen asleep quickly. He gone!
It escapes me as I write this as to where we got this from. I’m about 99% sure that it was probably something a character on one of the tv shows that Hubby and I watch.
At one point we even had a sticker of it on the back of our truck. Nothing large and in charge, but it was a nice little reminder that we all still have a sense of humor.
Stay at home moms don’t get out much, right?
To baby talk or not? That is the question.
I really love the language that our family shares. The little kid words and Hubby and Mommy phrases make us who we are. Yes, it’s probably not the most appropriate vocabulary for a growing child to speak:
Some forms of baby talk (like using a sing-song voice) can boost your baby’s language development, but avoid those cutesy, nonsense words. – Baby talk: Bad for your toddler’s language development?
This article praises the ideas of words like the ones I’ve listed above and the sing-song style of talk that parents use with their little ones. It’s not so important to correct the baby talk words when they are little but to get them to learn how words work.
The biggest suggestion is to speak in as formal a way as you can using good grammar and a wide variety of words. It seems as if children learn through immersion! Who knew?
I did! I can see it all the time.
My children come up with amazing words to use in sentences. Beautiful and imagination are the newest ones for my son and my daughter is always coming home with a new subject that’s she’s studying at school. I know that while I’ve said words like this in their presence it wasn’t something I consciously put into their vocabulary.
Don’t hesitate to ask!
Before my mother retired from teaching 6th grade she called me up one day. It wasn’t out of the ordinary for her to call me in the afternoon, but what she asked me was something new. She had come across a conversation in her class and needed to know what a certain slang word meant. She knew that it was probably something that I would know, but was completely mystified by the word boner!
I’m dying laughing thinking about it now, but at the time it was insanely embarrassing!
I know! Right? Of all words for my mom NOT to know and for her to have to ask her own kid what it meant?
Anyway, if you’re ever stuck on a word and need to know what it means, there is always dictionary.com, but more likely you’ll find a confusing word that someone uses in a better place:
Now I will warn you: The language on this site is NOT KID APPROPRIATE. Please. Please. Don’t send your child to this site to look up words. Most of the time definitions are added by random people so there isn’t much regulation, but if you want to have a great laugh and learn something new, check out the site!
What’s a favorite word that you’ve recently put into your vocabulary? What’s the story behind it?