I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Human puppies are smart. The one that visited today can speak bulldoggese. That is more than human adults can do.
Me: Actually, the baby was speaking gibberish.
Stella: Are you calling my bulldog language gibberish? How dare you? And what is gibberish? Is it what I think it is because it sounds delicious.
Me: Gibberish is baby talk. Babies practice talking while they are learning words. Few of the words sound like regular language. That’s how they learn. But it is not bulldoggese.
Stella: That little human said, ‘Pfffftt.’ Pfffftt. One of the central words of the bulldog dictionary.
Me: All right. I admit that she made a sound that fell close to ‘pfffftt’. I don’t think that she meant anything by it.
Stella: How could she not? She is obviously a tough, intelligent little human. She will make a beautiful bulldog someday.
Stella: Just like me.
Stella: And we will speak in bulldoggese every day.
Me: She will always be a human. She will never be a bulldog. Remember? We’ve talked about this sort of thing before.
Stella: I will dedicate my Bulldog Dictionary to her. To the young human who cared enough to learn bulldog before her own language. From your Aunt Stella. Pfffftt!
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