Let's talk made-up words. We here at Casa de Linney make up words all of the time. A quick cheat sheet for those seeking to understand the wonder that is us:
And that not-so-silly trick that baby boys sometimes play during diaper changes? Jim and I called that move "the Bellagio," as in, " I just took off Connor's diaper, and he Bellagioed. Here. I've got to change my shirt." Natalie has taken hold of this whole "Don't know the word? Go on: Make it up!" routine. We keep hand sanitizer on, well, hand for those moments when soap and water aren't readily available. Natalie throws in two whole extra syllables and calls it "handsitanzitizer."
The author, Eric Ruhalter, won't win any Scrabble games with these words, but he easily gets parents thinking, "I do that!":
and "She does that!":
and "That's my son!":
Dictionary as page turner. Whoddathunkit.
duck and cover
finally, an answer to that age-old question
a book by its cover