This week we’re going goo-goo and gaga as we investigate the wonderful words associated with babies.  We cut the umbilical cord, discover the Roman connections with c-sections, and reveal the link between a fountain and a baby’s head.  So, depending on where you are in the world, pop a dummy or a pacifier into your mouth and hop into our linguistic pram/buggy and we’ll whizz you through the language of babies before a well-earned nap in your cot… or should that be crib? 

Elsewhere Gyles reveals the fascinating results of studies into the memories and language-learning of the very young and Susie offers up an unusual remedy for  a baby in breach. 

And of course we answer lots of your questions along the way about being ‘wet behind the ears’, ’throwing the baby out with the bath water’, and much more. 

If you have a linguistic query for Susie and Gyles then the email address is We’d love to hear from you! 

Susie’s: Trio:

- Doppet: to play a musical instrument rather jerkily

- Pleep: to speak in a querulous tone of voice

- Pluffy: to be fat and fluffy 

A Somethin’ Else production. 

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