Everyone knows toddlers are like little parrots - they have an uncanny knack of picking out the most important or worst word in a sentence and repeating it back to you, usually more than once. Over the last few weeks I've collected a few examples to suggest that it's not just parroting. Because when it comes to swearing, context - and timing - is everything, right?
Milkbaby, immediately after throwing up ALL OVER his bed: "oh shit".
Milkbaby, upon the discovery by mum and dad that the car keys had been left at creche for the weekend: "fuck".
Milkbaby, after peeing all over the lounge floor: "oh gawd".
and the kicker:
Milkbaby, tonight, instead of saying goodnight to his dad and yelling down the stairs: "see ya, sucker!"
I'll worry about the odd swearword when they start to get used out of context. Hopefully that won't happen until the teenage years.