Thursday, July 24, 2008

Expanding your Vocabulary 101

For those of you who read the Webster Weekly in the past, you will remember that we had to set up a whole section on Malapropisms for Paul and sometimes Whitnee who were very skilled in the subject. We lovingly referred to it as Malaprop Moments.

Thanks to Britton and his collegiate vocabulary at age 9, we have felt the need to add another great segment to our family posts.

I suppose that a former post about rhetorical questions should be added to that. For now, let me share a new vocabulary word with all of you.

A few days ago, Paul was hollering something about not fighting (I'm sure that is HARD to imagine around here). Britton calmly turned to his dad and said, "Maybe it would be better if I was a pacifist." For some reason, all that popped into my head was something about the revolutionary war. Don't ask me why. What we understood was that there was something there about being a peacemaker, but just to be sure, I had to look up the definition. For your information (this is a 101 course) here is the definition: "1. a person who believes in pacifism or is opposed to war or to violence of any kind. "

My problem is how to parent kids who have a bigger vocabulary than you do?!

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