Victoria writes at de stijl about their experiments getting the Leapfrog Alphabet Pal to swear. Which, of course, was a highlight of "Baby Einstein," an essay in David Sedaris's Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim about his brother becoming a dad. [I say 'of course' even though I lost track of David Sedaris's bookcount and hadn't read it, even though I knew him when he cleaned my apartment way back in the day, and then years later, we both ended up living in the same 'hood in Paris. But I digress. And namedrop.]
Anyway, a reader named Jay commented about this exactly a year ago, in fact, on a post that might offer a solution to your swearing toy dilemmas. Turns out the Alphabet Toy comes in Quebecois versions as well as English. So are English swear words blocked in the Quebecois Pal? Couldn't you get them to swear bilingually, in either direction? And wouldn't that bring the world just a little closer together? Mary Blair would be so proud.
Fun With Alphabet Pal! [de stijl via robotwisdom]
Get Sedaris's Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and an Alphabet Pal of your own at Amazon [amazon] [07/06: or not. Amazon's not carrying it right now.]
Previously: It's called La Chenille in Quebec