Little J baby AKA Monster Toddler AKA Destructo Boy, has his own little language. And it consists only of a handful of words, each of which has about six different meanings, depending on context.
We have taken to repeating what he says, translating it into *real* English, after every phrase he utters, in the hopes that he will one day leave aside his made up words for ones that people other than those who share his house will understand.
So, a random conversation with Josh often sounds like:
J: Daddy! Ya-Ya!!
Me: Daddy’s watching football!
J: Mama! Meh!
Me: Yes, Mommy’s drinking water!
J: Mama! EE-ah meh!
Me: Yes, mommy sees the lake!
J: Mama! Meh!
Me: Mommy, please get me some milk!
J: Daddy! Ya-Ya!
B: Look! I’m jumping on Daddy who is lying unsuspectingly on the floor!
Ya-Ya: broken, hurt, scissors, knife, screwdriver, other sharp pointy potentially-wound-inflicting object, or the hole MADE by such an object. also means football or the act of tackling someone, as in football
Meh: water, milk, soda, lake, river, other body of water, and to drink
Gup-ba: food, eat, take my clothes off (normally socks, but can apply to pretty much any object of clothing)
Hot: hot, steam, fire, firetruck
Bah: bus, truck (he said “boo bah” for a while for “school bus” but has somehow left that phrase aside completely now)
and that’s about all. Every single thing he says includes some configuration of the above words. Which means that food, water, screwdriver–what else does one need in life?