1. CMastah

    CMastah Active Member

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    What do you call that sound a kid makes when they....

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by CMastah, May 20, 2016.

    There's an infant who's tugging on a protagonist's shirt and making 'mmmmm' sounds to indicate they're upset, but I don't know what the word for that is.
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man or BayView

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    Whinging.

    Bloody attention seeking kids.

    Noises of distress? Whining? Plaintive mumblings? Depends what tone you're going for.
     
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    SethLoki Retired Autodidact Contributor

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    wuh sounds win the day here. What about 'whimper' also?
     
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    My brother described our baby sister as "whelping"...I think he'd conflated whining and yelping...not that she was producing a litter of pups!
     
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  5. CMastah

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    Thanks guys, for context, a young child (not human, so ageing details are different, old enough to walk at six months and some very minor strength (moreso than you'd get with humans)) is making that sound because she doesn't want her brother (aged 8) to go somewhere dangerous (she's old enough to understand some speech, but not repeat it).
     
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    Keening.
     
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    Mewling.


     
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    Protesting? Crying? Moaning?
     
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    I'd probably go with whimpered.
     
  10. Ashlea Earl

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    Infants usually cry for anything they need so I would go for "Demanding"
     
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    I don't know what that word is, but i know the two that go before it are God and awful.
     
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    And since no one else has mentioned it: whining (the N.A. equivalent of whinging).
     
  13. Ashlea Earl

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    I would stick to "Demanding" as they cry mostly for one reason when they need something.
     
  14. Simpson17866

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    That's what I was going to go with too.
     
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    "What the deuce"
     
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    I do not think that there exists a sole word for such a meaningful action. What a fine idea! We should come up with one, just in case... :superidea:
     
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    Found a good stuff regarding this. babynology.com
     

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