The Garklet Lexicon

The words have been coming thick and fast, and it’s been quite a while since I last tried to list his vocabulary, so this is not going to be an exhaustive effort. In general, his spoken vocabulary is less than half the size of his understood vocabulary, and he’s adding 5-10 new spoken words a week at the moment. Words he knows:

  • Most of his body parts, although he has a tendency to get ‘cheeks’ mixed up with ‘chicks’. He also has the alarming habit of poking himself in the eye whenever he says ‘eye.
  • Clothes. He says ‘shoes’, ‘socks’ and ‘jumper’ quite clearly.
  • A lot of vehicles. We’ve heard him say ‘car’, ‘van’, ‘lorry’, ‘bus’, ‘train’, ‘railway’, ‘aeroplane’, ‘bike’ and ‘fire engine’, and he can do reasonable impressions of them all. I’ve probably missed quite a few here, since vehicles are the Best Thing Ever.
  • Animals: ‘cat’ (obviously), ‘dog’, ‘cow’, ‘dinosaur’, ‘spider’. Probably many that I’ve missed.
  • Quite a lot of foodstuffs, mostly things that are close to his heart: ‘ham’, ‘cheese’, ‘yoghurt’, ‘bread’, ‘peas’, ‘butter’, ‘peanut butter’, ‘apple’, ‘banana’, and ‘biscuit’. He also knows ‘carrot’, which was a bit of a surprise, and ‘tomato’, even though he won’t eat them.
  • Assorted furniture. ‘chair’, ‘bath’, possibly ‘table’.
  • Bath time: ‘sponge’ and ‘towel’.
  • A few scattered verb phrases, the most notable of which is ‘come on !’
  • ‘No’. Yes, we’re reached that point, and we’re starting to get frequent mild tantrums.

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