Thursday, November 1, 2007


For those who expected a recap of Halloween today, don't worry; it's coming. But I don't want to ruin the effect by typing up the entry about it before I have the pictures to post! So that will be coming soon...just not today. :)

Anyway, the English language is crazy and inconsistant. So for a toddler learning all the rules and such of grammar, it gets confusing sometimes! Her mind processes that adding "ed" to a word puts it past tense. So when we're tossing a plush pumpkin back and forth today, she excitedly proclaims, "I catched it!" After all, that's the rule, right? Add an "ed" to make it past tense? Too bad English has as many exceptions as it does rules!

Another example of her incorrectly applying the rules: a reader reads. A runner runs. An eater eats. So what does a doctor do? To Sarah, he docs! She frequently brings her "tools" to me and says, "I'm going to doc you, Mommy!" The last time we visited the doctor's office, she told me that she didn't want to be "docked."

Then there are the words that she has heard and wants to use but has NO idea what they mean. So when she doesn't want something she disdainfully says, "That's too clumsy for me!" It makes no sense whatsoever in the context, but she loves the word clumsy! (Maybe her mommy having the nickname of Grace has something to do with that? Hmmm...) Then there was a couple of days ago when the collar of her pajamas was causing her discomfort and she tearfully said, "The neck is cooperating me!" What?! I'm not sure exactly what she thinks clumsy or cooperating mean, but obviously something got confused in there somewhere!

Sarah also enjoys using the word "indeed." And this is one that she actually gets right! It is so funny to hear "Yes, indeed" or "we will indeed" coming out of the mouth of a 3-year-old though. It makes her sound so grown up! Until the next time she says she "catched" something anyway. :)

1 comment:

Tara said...

How cute! I love the way little kids' minds work.