Tuesday, May 05, 2009


I don't know if that's the right way to spell it, but babbafay is the most common word in A's nonsense language, which is called "A Language."

I asked her what it meant today and she told me that it means I Love You or Potty Monster depending on the day. Another popular word is guavafay but she has never revealed the meaning of that.

I thought she would enjoy hearing a poem with a lot of nonsense in it so I started quoting Carroll's "The Jabberwocky" to her--Twas brillig and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe--you know all that. A told me that she thought it would be a nonsense poem and that she understood too many words.

As she ate dinner with Z tonight I heard her saying: Z, if you ever want to tell your boyfriend that you love him --

Z: I don't want to have a boyfriend --

A: Your boy that is a friend, then, and you want to tell him that you love him, you can just say babbafay. You can tell him what babbafay means and then when you want to say I love you then you can say babbafay and then no one will know that you said I love you --

Me: Hey. Be careful, you might accidentally call him a potty monster.


Me: Now eat your dinner.


  1. How cute!

    My 5 (soon to be 6) year old, Colson, also has a language. He calls it "Colson-ese." He speaks it with his dust-mite friends.

    Maybe we should have Colson and A. IM each other in their special languages and see if they can communicate. :)

  2. Eek! Don't make her laugh TOO hard, lest she crack her head again!

  3. Oh the minds of children. Palmer's all encompassing word in his language, which is called Whale-ese, is Bokybah. He uses it often in place of a word if he can't remember it. Lucy's language is called Hoonahnese and the people who speak it are from Hoonahna Island where she has created a whole history, geography and a book of laws. Oh to have the mind of a child again.