Let's see if you can guess what it is, from the following snippets of her conversation this afternoon:
* Do you like dimetrodons?
* Do you like how dimetrodons runs?
* Baby dimetrodons can run up a tree, but the grown-ups can't.
* I should show Mommy how dimetrodons run
* I like how dimetrodons run
* Maybe Santa can bring me a "Before the Dinosaurs" playset with a dimetrodon
* Dimetrodons have to be careful about this (referring to a pose she struck, with her ankles poised at awkward angles after running)
We just walked to the neighborhood bakery, and while I was paying for our snacks, I could hear her regaling a woman at the next table with facts about dimetrodons (which the other customer heard as "mastodons" at first).
Have you guessed the new word yet?
Here's a hint:
At the moment, she is drawing one with green, yellow, purple and pink magic markers (as she explains, "I don't think many dimetrodons were pink. But, OK. Look at my dimetrodon!")
This is what I get for indulging my trilobite fetish by renting "Walking with Monsters: Before the Dinosaurs."