Created By: Tidal_Wave_17 on December 5, 2011 Last Edited By: Tidal_Wave_17 on August 8, 2013

Baby Learnt A New Word

How did our child learn THAT word?!?

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Little junior has just come home from school to Alice and Bob, and happily announces that he (Or just as commonly, she) has learned a new word! Alice and Bob are just excited to hear it. One of them bends down so junior can whisper it into their ear...

Oh My!

Yes, junior has learnt a new word alright. One of those words.

A staple of Dom Com's every where that is always Played for Laughs, with the younger the child, the funnier. Since this is common mostly in television shows, we never actually hear the word, and even if the child says it outloud, there will be a convient noise to cover it. From the parent's reactions, we know its bad.

The plot revolves mostly around the parents trying to find out where their little gift from above heard such a despicable word. Expect interrogations of older siblings, neighbors, friends, and even grandparents, if the parent is desperate enough.

In the end, it usually turns out it was the parent themselves who said the word unknowingly.

Related to From the Mouths of Babes, since the child is highly unlikely to know what the word actually means, and a subtrope of Innocent Swearing, though this trope is more about finding out how their child learned the new word.
Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • December 5, 2011
    CaveCat
    Spongebob Squarepants: The episode "Sailor Mouth" was centered around this trope.
  • December 5, 2011
    ElderAtropos
    I dunno, it seems to close to From The Mouths Of Babes to be justified.
  • December 5, 2011
    Oreochan
    ^ I think they are different. In From The Mouths Of Babes the child knows what they are saying. In this trope a common plot to have the chlid pick up a swear word without knowing what it means and the people around them try to tell them that it is inappropriate to say.
  • December 5, 2011
    nitrokitty
    Of course Truth In Television: early language learning is characterized by imitation. The child is simply mimicking the sounds without the slightest clue what it means, and likely will repeat it when it provokes an amusing reaction in the nearby adults.
  • December 5, 2011
    Micah
    This also happens with parrots. Lump or split?
  • December 5, 2011
    Oreochan
    ^ Polly Wants A Microphone I think covers those instances.
  • December 5, 2011
    TonyG
    • An episode of Dinosaurs centered on Baby Sinclair overhearing the dinosaur swear word "smoo" on television and repeating it to get a raise out of the adults.
    • Referenced on the Goofy cartoon "Fathers Are People". On the baby album of Goofy's son, the photo for "Baby's First Word" is of Junior having his mouth washed with soap.
  • December 5, 2011
    Micah
    ^^Polly Wants A Microphone doesn't work very well, since that's about situations when the parrots do understand what they're saying. In any case, it's way more general.
  • December 5, 2011
    Oreochan
    So we should expand this then?
  • December 5, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • December 5, 2011
    Oreochan
    You are right, I'm going to go add it to the Pages Needing Wicks.It only has two wicks, it is almost impossible for anyone to find it.
  • December 5, 2011
    Tidal_Wave_17
    @randomsurfer: Oh, it already exist. <:(

    Eh, I guess that's good to know. Better to find out now then later.
  • December 5, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Innocent Swearing needs crosswicking badly.
  • December 17, 2011
    TBeholder
    Innocent Swearing is about, well, innocent use of swearing vocabulary. "A kid got vocabulary updated in the port and now quotes a Bawdy Song" is somewhat different in use. Whether or not it's different enough - hmm... maybe Innocent Swearing needs a description improvement?
  • December 17, 2011
    foxley
    In one story in Fox Trot, the child Paige is babysitting learns a swear word because Paige is watching a Jerry Springer style show while babysitting. Hilarity Ensues as paige attemmpts to get the child to forget the word before the parents get home.
  • December 29, 2011
    TBeholder
    That is, Innocent Swearing is about baby saying the darnest things as such, and what's imortant here is "where they got this?" part.
  • December 29, 2011
    peccantis
  • December 30, 2011
    morenohijazo
    Has that problem been solved, or I add Innocent Swearing to Pages Needing Wicks?
  • January 1, 2012
    Jicragg
    Scratch that.
  • January 1, 2012
    nman
    So, I'm not an English major, so I could be wrong, but don't grammar Nazis get pissed when you write "learnt" instead of "learned"?
  • January 1, 2012
    foxley
    Only those who have no grasp of the English language (which is, admittedly, most of them). 'Learnt' is a perfectly acceptable past tense of 'learn'.
  • February 17, 2012
    LobsterMagnus
  • August 7, 2013
    InTheMirror
    ...
  • August 7, 2013
    DAN004
    IDK, Baby Learnt A New Word sounds to me as "an important plot around the first time a baby learns a word", nothing about those words. As we already have Innocent Swearing, I guess this YKTTW needs reworking.
  • August 7, 2013
    StarSword
    @foxley: More to the point, it's perfectly acceptable in UK English. We Yanks use "Learned".
  • August 8, 2013
    Alvin
    I didn't see the movie, only ads, but I think there might have been a bit in Live-Action Film: Three Men And A Little Lady where the 'little lady' says "That's a crock!", the Gutenberg and Danson characters look concerned, the Selleck character says "That's a crock!" on the phone, the other men look at him, and he says "What?"
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