I think it would be useful to have a tag for speech that is meant to be used when talking to young children. For example, "How to tell a child that he did something wrong" could benefit from such a tag.

This tag would be similar to the dialect tags, in that it describes a specialized form of English that is used by an easily defined category of people. In this case, the category is children between 3 and 7 years of age. They have limited vocabularies. Does anyone have suggestions for a good name for this new tag?

is obviously inappropriate. Baby-talk is often inarticulate, and is not meant to be a strict subset of English proper.

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  • I'd want to see more of such questions before supporting a new tag. As a footnote, if I was trying to encourage my child for doing something right (or discourage them from doing something wrong), I wouldn't want to limit my vocabulary. Neither would StoneyB. I think that's why many of us bristle at "baby talk." – J.R. Nov 17 '15 at 22:02

I thought of a somewhat awkward possibility: . Unfortunately, it's impossible to use apostrophes in tags, so it looks stupid.

Contemplating that further, is not amazingly terrible, and is within the maximum tag length. Or a punchier version: , which would need usage guidance and may be too idiomatic for learners that are not aware that informal English refers to children as kids (or are not thinking about that).

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  • "it's impossible to use apostrophes in tags" ... as my late Mother was wont to say: Pour the hell quoi? – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Sep 2 '16 at 22:09

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