My 11-month-old is discovering the world, and with it, language. I remember the first time I looked at her and shouted "booger booger booger!" and she broke out into a loud giggle. When she hears someone make a new sound, or some new combination of syllables, she often zeroes in and recognizes the novelty. And while she has been saying 'mama' for a while but I'm pretty sure she said 'dada' for the first time the other day. Incredible.
So with all of that in mind, here's a few more finds for my 'Life-Sized Word Search,' which, to remind you, is a challenge to find a real-life instance of every word in the dictionary. You are welcome to join me in the search if you'd like (we're still working our way through aa- to ac-).
Abash - Found in a poem in the book Firefall by Mona Van Duyn
Abed - Page 17 of Nurture by Maxine Kumin
Abstemious (yes, seriously!) - Page 75 of Firefall by Mona Van Duyn
Abstinence - Heard while watching an episode of West Wing (we're binge-watching it these days)
Absurd - Page 443 of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr