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It’s not a shawk, it’s a stoigen!

Our friend Kim, at the sturgeon tank in San Francisco’s Steinhardt Aquarium, spies a cute little two-year-old boy, babbling to himself in that
“I’ve discovered language!” kind of way. Said child speaks with an impeccable Oxford-ian accent, mutilated by way of Boston:

“What da heck?
What da heck?
What da heck?
What da heck?
It’s a shawk!”

Three-year-old brother: “It’s not a shawk, it’s a stoigen!” Instant macro.

Jessica Donohoe (October 20, 2000)

Tags: children | exclamation | overheard