Thursday, March 10, 2011

What you say it is, maybe it's not...

Day Four

Words can be mangled, misused, or misunderstood. What is your funniest example of mangling, misuse, or misunderstanding?

As a child, I was fond of using big words--even if I only thought I knew what they meant.  Once I referred to someone as a 'big business raccoon'. My parents screamed with laughter because, of course, I meant a 'big business tycoon'. 

As a teacher, my business was words--and, hopefully, to teach my students to spell them. Once my youngest son happened to glance over my shoulder while I was grading spelling papers. "What's that word?" he asked, pointing. "Gro(w) ups?" I gently informed him that the word, spelled correctly, was 'groups'. He stalked off without replying.

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