A while back, I was watching an old Richard Curtis sitcom, “The Vicar Of Dibley” – and there was this bit where Alice Tinker/Horton says, “The baby said its first word today. It was ‘goo’. G-U-E. Not bad for a three-month-old. It means a violin in the Shetlands.”
Tragically, I went and looked it up in my Chambers – and it does (and curiously, Alice Tinker/Horton was played by the actress, Emma Chambers. Coincidence? Well… probably yes).
But it reminded me of a classic Stephen Wright line, where he said that he tape-recorded the gobbledygook that babies say, figuring when they grew up, he could play the recordings back to them and they could tell him what they had been saying.
Of course, the best one comes from the vintage radio show, “I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again” – where the babies wait for the vicar to pass and then all go, “Dada, Dada, Dada…”