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.


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this week in philadelphia!
Bridget Foy’s Kids’ Cooking Classes

What: Chefs (ages 7-12) learn to make nutritious options like whole wheat pancakes and pineapple mango smoothies.
Why: Banana sushi rolls eradicate lunchtime blahs.
When: Sept. 11, 10-11:30 a.m. (Also Sept. 18.)
Where: 200 South St. (215-922-1813). To pre-register (required), e-mail bridget@bridgetfoys.com. Cost is $10.

The Little Candy Shoppe’s Kids’ Concert

What: See a show at one of Northern Liberties’s sweetest spots.
Why: Miss Sugar Booger will go loco for the self-serve candy bins.
When: Every Thurs., 6-7 p.m.
Where: 1030 N. American St., ste. 901 (215-667-8567). Participation is free.


What: A twisted fairy tale (for ages 9 and up) with wow-worthy cardboard sets.
Why: The wacky Pig Iron Theatre Company finally puts on a show you can see sans babysitter.
When: Wed.-Sept. 18. Schedule online at livearts-fringe.org.
Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St. Tickets at 215-413-1318 or online at livearts-fringe.org. Adults, $25-$30; children, $15.

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Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 N American St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
200 South St
@ S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
1030 N American St
Philadelphia, PA 19123