September 13, 2007

“Right Now”

We all have verbal crutches. Speaking The Queen’s English is not always an easy thing. For example, some of us say “um”, others will, like, use the word “like” a lot and then there’s the ever-popular, “You know what I’m sayin’?” You know what I’m sayin?

Anyway, as Swee’Pea has developed her impressive verbal skills and she begins stringing more and more words into longer and longer sentences, she’s become attached to the phrase “right now.”

The interesting part is that she never says it as a demand. It’s more a statement or clarification of fact.

“What are you eating right now?”
“I like that right now.”
“Where is Mommy right now?”

It is very cute and, I must admit, I’ve encouraged it a little bit by repeating her sentences, making sure to use the “right now” so she’ll repeat if for me.

“Where is Mommy right now?” I’ll repeat back.

“Yeah. Where’s Mommy right now?” She’ll say.

I know. I’m bad. So if she doesn’t make the debate team in high school, I’m the one to blame.


  1. Hmmm. It never even occurred to me that you could encourage certain patterns of speech by speaking them to kids. But I guess that should be obvious. I wonder what would happen if you talked like Yoda to a baby from birth.

    Comment by Darren — September 13, 2007 @ 9:38 pm

  2. It’s not a demand yet? Ohhh, just wait.

    Comment by Deanna — September 14, 2007 @ 9:54 am

  3. My daughter says “yeah” too much instead of “yes”. We’re trying to correct that – but it’s tough.

    Comment by creative-type dad — September 14, 2007 @ 11:30 am

  4. You look distinguished!

    Comment by Aunt Raina — September 14, 2007 @ 11:40 am

  5. My daughter who is now six says the phrase, “don’t cha know…” constantly. It has even gotten to the point where she has an accent with it and we live in CO!!!

    Comment by Rachael — September 14, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

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