The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Monday, February 12, 2007

Tiarnan invents expletives

About a week ago, I scolded Tiarnan, twelve months, lightly for something: "You are a naughty boy!", I said, to him, quietly, while holding him in my arms. His reply rather surprised me:

"Baboon buttock!" he called me.

Now I found this both hilarious and surprising. Firstly, no-one had ever linked those two words together for him, though they would have been heard independently, in different circumstances, in the correct contexts. I was surprised that he had basically invented the idea of an expletive - and coined one, for himself.

I told my wife about it later, while he was in earshot - and he just smiled mischievously to himself. What a character.

(If you would like to read more of Tiarnan, twelve months, or his gifted brothers, Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged seven years and two months, please go to: I also write of gifted education, intelligence, IQ, child prodigy, child genius, adult genius, baby genius, savant, the creatively gifted, gifted adults and gifted children, in general. Thanks.)

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