August 27th, 2013

Baby Talk

by Chris Hancock

Wud the wordnerds like an ickle article? Wud you? Yes, you wud.

No, I haven’t taken leave of my senses. This is what we call a grab-your-attention opening. If it’s worked, I’ll continue by discussing – oh, how did you guess? – Baby Talk.

Baby talk also goes under the rather dull names Motherese, Parentese, Child-directed Speech and Infant-directed Speech. It’s usually talk characterised by being delivered at a slower pace, with greater modulation (that is, with a sing-song style of speaking) and often accompanied by exaggerated facial expressions.

November 5th, 2012

badinage

Banter, humorous conversation.

July 14th, 2016

badinage

Banter, humorous conversation.

October 5th, 2015

balbutient

Stammering.

June 1st, 2015

baldric

A warrior’s belt or shoulder sash.

September 26th, 2013

ballyrag

To be bossy towards.

March 6th, 2014

balter

To dance clumsily.

February 22nd, 2014

banausic

Things related to earning a living, a pejorative term.

August 4th, 2015

banquette

An upholstered bench.

September 30th, 2015

bardolatry

Idolatry or excessive admiration of William Shakespeare.