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First Words

George Orwell once wrote that "probably it is better to put off using words as long as possible and get one's meaning as clear as one can through pictures or sensations." Novelist Reynolds Price thought perhaps one baby was doing just that when he chose "soap" and "book" as his first words, instead of the more usual Ma Ma or Da Da.

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