The dictionaries won’t tell you this, but when a scream and squeak have a baby, it’s called a screak. A screak is the high-pitched sound an un-oiled hinge makes when you open it. It’s the sound that gives you goosebumps when a fork scratches a plate the wrong way. And it’s also the sound my youngest makes to entertain herself.

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