A Funny New Spin on Baby Talk

mammalingo lexicon website!

Ask a mom how she’s doing after a day of diaper changing, toy wrangling, and food-fight refereeing, and she might not find the words.

Unless she’s Melissa Sher. The mother of two invents vocabulary about the nuttiness of child rearing and posts it on her website, Mammalingo.com. The Webster’s Dictionary of mommy blogs, it delivers an entertaining slew of made-up phrases and definitions.

Among our favorites is telephony: when a child pretends a household object, like a banana, is a phone. Better yet, bangover: the headache caused by a little one clanging pots and pans.

We love the humor mined from everyday scenarios. But it’s also a relief to see we’re not alone in cursing the UPS guy who rousts baby from slumber (a troublewaker) or the husband who can’t give the Flip a rest (he has camcorditis).

Sher publishes submissions from readers, so anybody can join the, er, momversation.

Available online at mammalingo.com. To submit words, e-mail mammalingo@gmail.com.

this week in miami!
Hiho Batik

What: Spend the afternoon making a masterpiece or pick up a ready-made tee ($30-$75).
Why: Score a free tote bag to decorate when you paint a shirt.
When: Thru Sept. 30. Thurs. & Fri., 3-6 p.m.
Where: 2174 NE 123rd St. (305-892-7733).

Kaiju Monster Invasion

What: An exhibit of more than 100 creepy vintage Japanese toys.
Why: See a few foes of the mighty Godzilla.
When: Thru Oct. 17. Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: The Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden, 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach (561-495-0233). Adults, $12; children 6-17, $7; under 6, free.

Labor Day Blues Picnic

What: Lounge on the lawn for a concert by the Blackstar Blues Band.
Why: A menu of hot dogs, chips, and barbecue is sure to please.
When: Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave. Tickets at 305-235-1668 ext. 233 or online at deeringestate.com. Adults and teens 15 and up, $15; children 4-14, $10; under 4, free. Adults and teens 15 and up (including lunch), $30; children 4-14, $20; under 4, free.

Photo: Thinkstock 

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Hiho Batik
2174 NE 123rd St
North Miami, FL 33181
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Rd
Delray Beach, FL 33446
Deering Estate at Cutler
16701 SW 72nd Ave
Miami, FL 33157