Fact-checking for a forthcoming novel
I’m writing a novel with a mother who takes her 10 yr old daughter to the premiere of the opera ‘u’ in 2010. (She’s a linguistics PhD, was a summer intern for Marc Okrand, and helped edit the libretto for ‘u’.) The daughter says something funny and endearing to her during intermission, and I currently have this: Mom guffawed and said, “P’takh,” which means You are weird, and I was feeling insulted, but then she hugged me, so tight it hurt, and said, “bIDun. bangwI’ SoH,” which means But you are wonderful. And you are my loved one.
Do “P’takh” and “bIDun. bangwI’ SoH” work in this context? Are there better phrases I could use? Thank you so much!