So, now that I've fallen pregnant I find myself overwhelmed by the choices one has to make during the process. What stroller? Do we get a car seat? What kind? What color? Are you going to use a pacifier? Will you lose your mind before or after the baby gets here? It's kind of maddening. But here it's also fun because I get to learn yet another entire vocabulary for baby stuff. Here are a few examples of the Australian/British word and its American equivalent. They're fair dinkum, waddayareckon?!
- Pram = Stroller
- Dummie = Pacifier
- Car Capsule = Baby Car Seat
- Nappy = Diaper
- Up the Duff = Pregnant
- Bunny Rug = Blanket
- "You want to nurse the baby?" = "You want to hold the baby?"
- Mum = Mom, typically you see/hear "mum and bub" for "mother and baby"
- Terms for a baby/child = Ankle biter, Bub, Billy lid, Carpet Grub, Kiddiewink, Happy Lil' Vegemite, Nipper, Rugrat, Whippersnipper, Littlie, Sprog, Little bugger
Oh, and the best thing ever, they have paid parental leave here for both parents. Apparently the United States is the only industrialized nation to not mandate paid leave for mothers of newborns. Here's a graphic from the Huffington Post so you can visualize our shame. Cheers!