Big words

“Where’s my yogurt drink?”

“Look in the fridge. Generally perishables are refrigerated.”

“Mom, why do you use such big words sometimes?”

Hm, yes, I suppose that phrasing is a bit obscure. Not quite Conrad Blackian, but also not, “that’s where we stick stuff that needs to stay cold.” All I can say, in my defense, is that I like words, and those happened to be the first ones that popped to mind.

“Sometimes when I say big words, people look at me funny.”

(For the record, she didn’t look like she minded being “looked at funny.” I don’t think she’ll stop trying out big words anytime soon. And neither will I.)

File this exchange under Another Example of Like Mother, Like Daughter.

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  1. Nath

    If it makes you feel any better, I do it too.

  2. m

    I do it, too. The right word is the right word regardless of length. And I like hearing multi-syllable words coming back to me out of the mouths of my five and three year olds.

  3. Carrie Snyder

    You’re right–it gives me a kick too, to hear my kids using my vocabulary (ie. three-year-old shouting, “I be patient!!!!!”).

  4. m

    Mine like to say “I”m so frustrated!” 🙂


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