There is a 50 percent chance that a baby’s first word will either be mama or dada. From a phonetic standpoint, mama is easier to say. By opening and closing the mouth, infants can vocalize the m sound…mmm..mmm. The P and B sounds are vocalized the same way….ppp…ppp and bbb…bbb. Dada requires a complicated tongue gesture. The tongue has to be placed behind the teeth …ddd…ddd. The T and N sound requires the same tongue gesture …ttt…ttt and nnn…nnn~ out of the mouth of babes
Mum is mother in the UK
Hello and welcome to episode 105…of… An Idiom a Day
I’m Gina Johnson and the idiom of the day …is… air your dirty laundry
Ma-ma does everything for the baby, who responds by saying Da-da first .~Mignon McLaughlin
air your dirty laundry … is to talk to other people about personal things… something embarrassing or bad about yourself that you should keep private… private information that causes shame and embarrassment when made public
My mother told me to never, ever talk publicly about private information that may cause shame or embarrassment to my family.
Here is the same sentence using the idiom… air your dirty laundry
My mother told me to never, ever air my family’s dirty laundry in public.
Here are a few more sentences using the idiom … air your dirty laundry
Be careful what you put on Facebook. Don’t air your dirty laundry in public.
I signed a non-disclosure agreement which prevents me from airing the company’s dirty laundry in public.
The couple aired their dirty laundry during their divorce.
CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION?
What is something your mother considered very important?
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air your dirty linen in public
Don’t air your dirty linen in public.
linen | NOUN
sheets and other things that are made of cloth that is used in the home