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 seattle!
Youngershoot Festival
What: A section of the artsy Bumbershoot Festival just for tykes.
Why: Film shorts will hold even Fidgety Gibert’s attention.
When: Sat.-Mon.
Where: Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St. (206-684-7200). Schedule online at sched.bumbershoot.org. Tickets online at bumbershoot.org. Adults and children 11 and up, $22-$40; under 11, free.

The Spooky Wheels on the Bus
Release Party
What: A sing-along, treats, and story time in honor of J. Elizabeth Mills’s new book.
Why: Get your little goblin psyched for Halloween.
When: Sept. 11, 10 a.m.
Where: Santoro’s Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N. (206-784-2113). Participation is free.

Family Day

What: Craft projects and games for everyone.
Why: Games, sack races, and music from the Mount Zion Wind Ensemble add extra fun.
When: Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St. (206-518-6000). Admission is free.

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Colman Playground
Seattle, WA 98144
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@ 5th Ave N
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