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Toddler Language: The Vivictionary

No less than five times a day my family is stumped by the sounds coming out of Vivi’s mouth.

“Do you know what she wants?”

“No idea.”

We try really hard to decipher her toddler language and I’d say that we’re accurate about 70% of the time. There’s a lot of pointing, hand holding, “THAT!” and crying (from all of us).  Teaching her sign language makes more and more sense everyday as Vivi adds new “words” and sounds to her vocabulary. Many of her words for everyday items change day to day, but thankfully a majority of what she says is easy to understand. There are a few words that only those closest to her would really know, which is why I put together this little cheat sheet of Vivi’s most curious words.

  • The Vivictionary 1 of 16
    The Vivictionary

    Click through to read them all!

  • beeah 2 of 16
    bear

    beeah - (noun) any of the plantigrade, carnivorous or omnivorous mammals of the family Ursidae, having massive bodies, coarse heavy fur, relatively short limbs, and almost rudimentary tails. See also: Teddy

  • WHEE 3 of 16
    sliding

    WHEE - (verb) to move along in continuous contact with a smooth or slippery surface.

  • lehlowchee 4 of 16
    cheese1

    lehlowchee - (noun) a hard, smooth-textured cheese, made usually from the whole milk of cows and varying in color from white to deep yellow and in flavor from mild to sharp as it ages.

  • poopy 5 of 16
    percy

    poopy - (feline) male domesticated feline tabby who lives with us. See also: Percy

  • neenee 6 of 16
    blanket

    neenee - (noun) a rectangular piece of soft fabric, often with bound edges, used especially for warmth as a bed covering.

  • daddydoe 7 of 16
    car

    daddydoe - (noun) 1999 Chrysler 300 parked in our driveway. (It's the car daddy goes in.)

  • vaboom 8 of 16
    vacuum

    vaboom - (noun) an electrical appliance for cleaning carpets, floors, etc., by suction.

  • ello 9 of 16
    elephant-

    ello - (noun) either of two large, five-toed pachyderms of the family Elephantidae, characterized by a long, prehensile trunk formed of the nose and upper lip.

  • hoat-noe 10 of 16
    oatmeal

    hoat-noe - (noun) cooked breakfast made from ground or rolled oats.

  • beeshoo 11 of 16
    sneeze

    beeshoo - (expression) common English expression typically addressed to a person after they sneeze.

  • yololo 12 of 16
    yogurt1

    yololo - (noun) a prepared food having the consistency of custard, made from milk curdled by the action of cultures, sometimes sweetened or flavored.

  • seesoo 13 of 16
    cereal

    seesoo - (noun) some edible preparation of wheat, rye, oats, rice, or corn, especially a breakfast food. See also: Cheerios

  • oohahah 14 of 16
    monkey

    oohahah - (noun) any mammal of the order Primates, including the guenons, macaques, langurs, and capuchins, but excluding humans, the anthropoid apes, and, usually, the tarsier and prosimians. See also: Curious George

  • reeboos 15 of 16
    reading2

    ree boos - (verb) to utter aloud or render in speech a handwritten or printed work of fiction or nonfiction, usually on sheets of paper fastened or bound together within covers.

  • hoss 16 of 16
    help

    hoss - (demand) to give or provide what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a need; contribute strength or means to; render assistance to; cooperate effectively with; aid; assist.

Find more of Casey’s writing on her blog moosh in indy or her Babble Voices site Shutterlovely. She’s also available on twitter, facebook, flickr and Instagram. If you can’t find her any of those places? Check the couch, she’s probably taking a nap.

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