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Come on opka ... or a children's (?) Dictionary of strange words

Come on opka ... or a children's (?) Dictionary of strange words

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Some words come to their lips when we see a sweet, chubby baby's face. All sweet-diminutive diminutive, lisping chirp and other "aj ti ti tobos" break out of the throats of adults before we think what we are really talking about. What "child" words do we hear most often? Where did they come from Let's try to have fun with linguists ...


Come on fuel. It means as much as walk on your hands / knees. Some adults argue that the word was invented by the children themselves. For sure? I'm going to try a slightly different theory. How do we cry when we lift a toddler up in play? Hop, hop. In this way, the child begins to associate this call with being in his arms. No wonder that when he pulls out his hands he calls op or op. So where does "at least opka" come from? Well, it's all our merit. We diminish with pleasure everything we can!

Kuku, ala, alta

Some kids fall over their knees, cut themselves, others hurt themselves, while others do a "kuk" or "wow". This is a simple matter. We usually cry when we feel pain. There are more problems with corn. Well, Professor Miodek himself was bending over the cuckoo. It is true that he was bending over the corn on muniu, but this bending was of little use. It is difficult to say clearly where it came from. Some linguists see a connection with the old Polish word squat and lament. Of course, it happens that adults get into this child's "dialect" even more strongly. Some moms at the sight of a scratch at the smyk are crying out: you made yourself a cuckoo!

Amciu, bye, yum-yum

Most food expressions are onomatopoeia, derived from the sounds made during meals. Munching, slurping, etc. While onomatopoeia is irreplaceable while learning to speak, at a later stage it is worth slowly moving away from them. Amciacing year and a half is okay, the babbling four-year-old looks weird. And where does this papa come from? I didn't find etymology. Any ideas?

Ajciu, aaa

Oh, two cats. There is no child who does not know this lullaby. Aaa means sleep. Ajciu also. While the origin of the first word is understandable, the second does not cease to amaze me. Children's words are usually easier and shorter than their adult counterparts. Ajciu, however, requires considerable language skills. Toddler able to pronounce ajciu, certainly can articulate a distorted "jackpot". So what is ajciu supposed to serve? Parent knows ...

Lowelek, football, princely ...

We love diminutive. Somehow we decided that everything that has to do with the child should be sweet and caressing. You don't have to try hard here. The words fondle us when we talk to sweet toddlers.
Mummy will give Papa and lay it down ...

There are several reasons why parents use strange language. Some of us repeat distorted words after a toddler ... and it stays that way. Long after the child is able to pronounce the words correctly, parents are still calling for the "sandwich" sandwich because it is funnier.

Still another group of parents immediately teaches toddlers the language they think is characteristic of children. Opki, cuckoo and papa are on their agenda. Why? Because children say so!
Of course, there are also parents who completely renounce the children's language, arguing their attitude that in order to teach a child the correct pronunciation and beautiful Polish, one should only use it.

And who is right?

The Golden mean

As always, the truth lies in the middle. Yes, as we say, it has a huge impact on our child. Both correct Polish and language errors are taken from home. It would be best, then, to teach the little one a literary language. The only question is when to start? Of course, from the very beginning you should address the child correctly, however ... it is not worth completely giving up the children's language. While diminishing, caressing and deliberately distorting words does not bring our child any benefits, onomatopoeias are a great way to learn the language and the world. Long before the toddler can name a pet in the picture, he will be able to imitate his voice. The same applies to phenomena and activities: beating, splashing, washing, washing - is a great way to express needs and exercise and learn speech. Soundtrack words are easier and shorter than the names of objects and activities. Of course, it is important that onomatopoeia does not replace words. We do not explain to the child that there is a brum on the street and a hau wow running on the sidewalk.

How about caressing?

Petting is fine, provided it is only part of the fun. Babies, little ones and other sweets perfectly correspond to tickles;)