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Baby-sat

noun; analogy
Those for whom a baby-sitter is hired. When referring to himself in the third person, Calvin needed a word which referred to the charges of the baby-sitter. A possible past-tense for “baby-sit” is “baby-sat”, and so the essence of Calvin’s statement is “The revenge of those who are being baby-sat” or “The revenge of those over whom the baby-sitter is in charge.” Both of those statements sound rather adult, and sound like they come from a veteran speaker of English, and a child is much more likely to create a new word which sounds right to him.
 
Tonight: the revenge of the baby-sat!
Etymology : From ‘baby’ (ME) + ‘sat’ (ME ‘sitten’ from OE ‘sittan’ from PIE ‘sed’)
Source : Bill Watterson. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2005.
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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