Wednesday, August 13, 2008

"No, I mean like Floccinaucinihilipilification"

An afternoon drive.

Calder: "Mommy, why do you keep singing that song?"

Me: "I don't know, I guess I just like it."

Calder: "Well, why do you like it?"

Me: "I like the words. They really resonate with me."

(silence, as I realize my linguistic gaffe)

Calder: "What does resonate mean?"

Me: "Well, it means to...um...remind me of something, to kind of, um, stick with me and be meaningful."

Calder: "Huh?"

Me: "Well, I think it's one of those words that only grown-ups use and that are hard for mommy to explain to you."

Calder: "Oh! You mean like Fuck."

9 comments:

Karen Maezen Miller said...

Precisely.

jkirlin said...

Such a cunning linguist.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Huge grin from me!

flutter said...

HA!!

lu said...

curious and articulate--very impressive.

liv said...

exactly. that child is a genius.

delmer said...

A coworker's son came home from school one day and, while washing his hands in the bathroom, yelled out: "Mom ... is 'fuck' a bad word."

Mom, a bit shocked told him it was and asked why he wanted to know.

"I said it at school today and got in trouble," was the answer.

Have the T-Shirt said...

Oops!

Farrell said...

LOL!