The Secret Life of Language: How To Understand Gibberish

There’s a thirteen-year-old boy at a sleep-away camp in California, and he’s getting ready for bed. “Hey,” he says to his new roommate, pointing to a pair of fleece sweatpants on the floor. “Can you pass me my nightsuit?” His roommate looks at him with incredulous eyes. “Your what?” “My nightsuit,” the boy responds, oblivious.