The Nugget can say some pretty funny stuff. It's so interesting to watch her develop her understanding of language. Here are a few of the things she is learning about words:
1. She feels pretty strongly about the difference between "excuse you" and "bless you". If she, say, belches and we tell her, "bless you", she gets all righteous on us. "No, not bless you! Excuse you!" Or, if she coughs and we say either one (because what do you really say to someone coughing? I guess we should just keep our thoughts to ourselves but we feel bad for her) we get a similar, "No, not bless you!" She doesn't give us any idea as to what is the proper thing to say, but she sure knows what it isn't.
2. She mixes up the word beautiful into anything that has the "full" or "fil" sound in it. For instance, if I ask her what the tall pink bird is at the zoo, she tells me it's a "beautiflamingo". Or if I ask her if she wants to go to Chick-Fil-A for dinner, she says she wants the "beautiful chicken" (it took me a while to figure out it was because of the word filet). It's totally adorable and I absolutely cannot correct her.
3. She has learned that I am a sucker for the big soft eyes, tilted head and please all at once (think Puss in Boots). She now goes for that automatically when she knows she is asking for something I am likely to say no to. Want a sucker? Cue fluttering lashes, tilted head and big, cheesy smile: "Please?" How could I say no? Ever?
4. She knows that we pet dogs and cats. Friends of ours have a newborn, the first she has really spent time around, and we have told her that she is allowed to touch him on his head very gently. Naturally, she equates this to petting. Now when we see a really cute baby while we are out and about she will look at me and say, "Can I pet him?" I'm sure the parents appreciate it as much as I do.
5. She was playing in the bathtub the other night and talking to herself and her toys. She repeatedly mentioned her nauseated cat. After a while, bemused, I came over to the tub. "Do you even know what the word nauseated means?" I asked. "It means you're sick. You're tummy hurts." She found this hilarious. "No it doesn't!" she laughed. I puzzled and puzzled over where she had even learned the word nauseated or nausea. I finally realized that a Veggie Tales sing-a-long we have talks about a vet treating a "nauseated kitty". The kid picks up on everything.
I can't wait to see what we're going to discover in the coming months!