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Does anyone else's child have words they find utterly hilarious? Ordinary words, not "rude" ones

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hunkermunker Wed 08-Aug-07 22:56:26

When DS1 was eight months old, he heard the word "genuinely" for the first time.

He did a double-take and laughed so much I thought he'd be sick - you know that mad, chuckly baby laughing where they forget to breathe and go all shiny? He was still laughing in his sleep later that day (we said it a couple more times to check it really was the word...!). He still finds it funny now at 3.4.

And more recently, he's been finding his own word combinations that make him laugh massively - he had been laughing a lot at "flapjack", but then he coupled it with "jamjar" to make a tongue-twister and that's just the funniest thing ever. Well, unless you say "genuinely flapjack jamjar", obviously...!

Anyone else have a child who likes the sound of words this much? He's also fascinated by the sight of letters, words, me writing them, putting his hands on the TV when credits roll, reading letters off street signs, shop logos, etc, etc.

onlyWotz Wed 08-Aug-07 22:59:35

beetroot <<then giggles, then says>>
rootbeet <<then more laughs>> 8yrs old

everytime we have salad

yelnats Wed 08-Aug-07 23:00:00

nothing to add but this really made me chuckle - your ds sounds like a right wee character!

Tinker Wed 08-Aug-07 23:00:38

Yes, my eldest, at about teh same age, giggled and giggled over teh word Islamabad.

And I knew another little girl who giggled over Abergele (that might not have been due to teh word )

I suppose they have funny rhythyms

Pruners Wed 08-Aug-07 23:00:41

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gess Wed 08-Aug-07 23:02:11

ds1; severely autistic; can't talk but loves


absolutely pisses himself every time someone says one of these and spends a large portion of the day trying to get someone to say them.

Weird because he used to freak at 'later' it was a banned word. Now he loves it, preferbaly accompanied by the Makaton sign.

whomovedmychocolate Wed 08-Aug-07 23:02:16

DD seems to think the word no is bloody hilarious

onlyWotz Wed 08-Aug-07 23:02:23

also she does the same thing when we go out in car


<<more giggles from back of car>>

daisyandbabybootoo Wed 08-Aug-07 23:02:34 9 week old DD giggles and grins if you say burple shplurple to her!

and DS used to find spaghetti quite hilarious.

what DS (5) does say, which I think is cute, is "please you may I have?"

j20baby Wed 08-Aug-07 23:03:01

'read my furry pink lips'-is found highly amusing my dd 7

daisyandbabybootoo Wed 08-Aug-07 23:03:03


boo64 Wed 08-Aug-07 23:08:51

YES!! I thought it was just my ds! The nursery staff find it very funny to just say long words to him to make him laugh. He's 2.1 and I can't remember when it started - quite a while back, maybe a bit older than yours was though.

Anything with several syllables and quite a few consonants works quite well. Or something plain silly - if I say 'poopies' or 'bogies' he creases up totally. Slightly different but phsl if I saw 'paw you smell'.

Cucumber, radiator, scrumptious that kind of thing are hilarious to him. Oh and brocolli (which amuses him so much he actually eats it) amongst others.

It's great as sometimes it can distract him out of a strop. And doing it cheers me up too as it is so cute when he giggles away.

Similarly likes letters, not obsessively but he reads letters on stuff and recognises pretty much all the alphabet - loves Countdown for this - has your ds seen it - sounds right up his street!

Might try genuinely flapjack jamjar on ds tomorrow...

boo64 Wed 08-Aug-07 23:10:29

p.s. mine also strangely finds it very funny indeed if I talk in a foreign language!

seeker Wed 08-Aug-07 23:14:24

We have a friend who always says "my pleasure" if you say "thank you" (we say "you're welcome) Dd used to find this hysterically funny when she was little - and still does at 11!

hunkermunker Wed 08-Aug-07 23:17:47

boo64, sounds like they're very similar!

Yes, he's seen Countdown - loved it from being a tiny baby (used to jerk round to watch the clock go round when I was bfing him and watching it as he liked the music!) - and he learnt the alphabet from it when DS2 was born when he was 21mo.

He has liked logos ages - just remembered we took him on a long car journey when he was nearly 17mo and DH laminated him a sheet of logos (Homebase, Boots, PC World, all the supermarkets, etc, etc) and it kept him amused for ages.

He's an eccentric chap, but God he's funny!

gess Wed 08-Aug-07 23:18:32

Oh ds1 used to do the roadsign/letter thing when little, and loved countdown. He used to find 3/E 5/S 7/L hilarious as well (turn them upside down and you'll see why). Aged 15 months he used to find 'reading' books upside down hilarious. Would find him giggling in his cot in the morning with an upside down book. This is a boy with supposedly severe learning difficulties. My arse!

hunkermunker Wed 08-Aug-07 23:23:06

He does sounds sweet, Gess - love that he tries to get you to say and sign words he finds funny!

I did read a bit about hyperlexia and found that interesting - never knew it existed!

Pruners Wed 08-Aug-07 23:26:24

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hunkermunker Wed 08-Aug-07 23:28:27

Yep, I do that stunned fish look a lot. DS1 said "Look, Mummy, mega sale" the other day and pointed at a big red sign in a shop that said "mega sale".

I said, in a surprised tone of voice "Can you read?!" and he said "No" in manner of talking dog going "wuff" to human. I may have said the wrong thing...!

localgirl Wed 08-Aug-07 23:29:54

Not exactly a funny word, but with no prompting at all and don't know where he had it from, my DS started to say he needed to empty his pooh tank and wee tank, I still use it now he's 11 and it still makes me lol

Pruners Wed 08-Aug-07 23:31:35

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gess Wed 08-Aug-07 23:40:54

Don't think he's hyperlexic as he can't read - can just recognise some words, and seems to know what those words mean iyswim, although always hard to tell. Just has amazing visual memory. The word thing cracks me up though- although I do get fed up having to say gone several 100 times a day. Roll on September.

boo64 Thu 09-Aug-07 14:10:27

It is funny isn't it.

Ok Hunker, I tried flapjack Jamjar on ds - the first time he was just mildly amused but then after that yep he thought it was funny.

I have worried about hyperlexia too but tbh I saw lots of other symptoms and none really applied to ds. I love language (so much that I'm now a writer - not that you can tell by the quality of my posts!) so I think he's just got that from me (he will also find maths incredibly dull if he takes after me then!)

Countdown definitely taught ds the alphabet (don't worry anti-hothousers I was watching it for me not him but he happened to like it too).
Think he liked the music and logos etc at first but now tries to get me to fastforward anything not involving letters and numbers - especially the first 10 mins of utterly inane chat between Carole and Des. I really think Des is way too thick to do that job - he gets so mixed up with the words. Bless him.

I digress though.

tortoiseSHELL Thu 09-Aug-07 14:11:15


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