Baby Word: noun. A word spoken by a baby that is so mispronounced, it is unrecognizable if taken out of context.
When Monkey Son #1 was less than a year old, he started saying "goo-gak." It wasn't mere baby talk or the random babble that babies make. He was using it as a word. But what could it mean? We were just baffled.
Finally, we were watching PBS one day, and Sesame Street came on. When Cookie Monster came on the screen, Monkey Son #1 said, "Goo-gak!"
"Goo-gak?" I said. Then I looked at the screen. "Cookie?"
Oh. Cookie, referring specifically to Cookie Monster. The only similarity between the two words is the "oo" sound in the middle and that they are both 2 syllabals, but for some reason, they were close enough to each other to sound right to those baby ears.
Now, next time, we'll talk about baby songs.