Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

I don't know what it is... (211.2)

...but food babytalk (when not actually talking to a baby) drives me insane. This tweet did a nice job of capturing it!

It took me ages to figure out that "OMNOMNOMNOM" (which I can barely type) originated with Cookie Monster, and it makes me feel marginally better when I see it (or its variations) to know that. Only marginally. I just find it difficult to take seriously anything said alongside it.

Honestly, I realize that "yum" and "yummy" aren't significantly different in semantic value, but they're a century older. Is the weight that comes with their age, or even just their strong and longstanding hold on the language, what makes them feel perfectly all right to me while the newer babytalk constructs make my skin crawl?

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