A small child has successfully developed language skills even though adults insist on talking to her in some form of Teletubbish.
In only a few weeks, nine-month old Ellie Reynolds from Harold has upped her game, from blowing bubbles simultaneously via nostrils and mouth, to forming coherent sentences with nouns, verbs, and those ‘ad…’ things you didn’t pay attention to at school.
“Who’s a boo-boo? Who’s a boo-boo? A boo-boo boo-boo, a boo-boo boo-boo, you’s a boo-boo boo-boo!” isn’t a likely base from which to launch an assault on the linguistic heights of Dickens and Shakespeare.
Ellie however, has made a cracking start by responding in robust terms to just such a welcome at her new nursery: “Sorry Beckie, Becca, or whatever your name is, but what the f^cking f^ck are you talking about?”