I could hide out under there
I just made you say underwear …
– Barenaked Ladies, “Pinch”
Our youngest, three-year-old Trevor, applies a certain, consistent logic to the new words he’s learning in order to figure out what they mean. For example, out of the blue he will proudly announce, “Mom, I know why we say toothbrush – because we clean our teeth with it, and because it’s a brush … toothbrush!”
He applies this equally to simple and compound words, so that the results are often unintentionally nonsensical and funny, e.g. “I know why they’re called suckers … because you suck on them, and because they’re ers!”
So last night we’re enjoying a small dish of ice cream, and he begins: “I know why we say ice cream … because it’s really cold, and because it’s cream – ice cream!”
“That’s right, Trevvy!” says Jodi, and I ask, “Trevor, why do they call it chewing gum?”
“Because you chew it, and because it’s gum!” he says proudly.
“And why,” I ask, “do we call it underwear?”
He stumbles a moment, working it through in his head.
“Because it goes under your pants,” he says, “and then it’s like it’s gone!”
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Blogger’s Note: If you aren’t laughing, don’t worry – it took us a moment, too. Homophones are great fun, aren’t they?
Additional Note: On a mostly unrelated note, this morning, Trevor approached Emma, placed his palm on top of his head, and said, “Emma, this is how tall I am. I’m this tall!”
4 thoughts on “Trevvy Logic”
Were you at my house this morning??
Syd: “Butter! Hey! Butter is a compound word. Because there's butt and ter.”
Me: “Uh, Syd, what's ter?”
Syd: “It goes with butts.”
Craziness! How old is Syd again?
Oh for the fun things of the 4ish crowd. I love it! Just yesterday our girls were playing outside. I observed Nora handing a toy dish to Ella. Ella then found a dead boxelder bug to put in the dish. She then gave it back to Nora but with the bonus bug. Nora looks at it and then says “That's a beauty alright, thanks much”. Funny kids.
Thanks for sharing the wisdom of your kids on your blog. Enjoy reading it…
Five and a half. Going on 15.