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Margaret can say maybe half a dozen words now, but the only one that elicits a response from her minions - er, parents - with any reliability is "up". Evidently it takes about eight months for minions to learn a new word.

So what do you do when you have a one bit communication channel, but need to communicate more than one bit of information? Well, previously she used the word only when facing the minion intended to complete the task. Now, though, she faces the object she wants to be put into. If she wants to be in the high chair rather than just picked up, she faces the high chair when she says "up".

It only took the minions a couple of days to catch on to the fact that she wasn't expecting the high chair to grow arms and pick her up.
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On September 23rd, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC), chenoameg commented:
Don't worry, she'll get you better trained soon enough :)
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On September 23rd, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC), mjperson commented:
Yeah, Elizabeth was quite startled yesterday, when Margaret said "up" and I was the only person anywhere near to being in front of her. Margaret made her actual wishes quite clear though when Elizabeth foolishly tried to give her to me rather than put her in the rocking chair as should have been obvious to all... ;-)
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