Monday, August 09, 2004

Eli 3.0: All Roads Lead to That Other Word

If you haven't read 'Who's Cursing on First?', this won't make any sense (it's still available--just page down for a while).

We're out on a long walk yesterday, and Eli was making a joke about the ways to pronounce 'potato' because of something he'd seen on Maggie and the Ferocious Beast recently. We go into a long discussion of (phonetic spelling coming up here) 'po-tay-to' versus 'po-tah-to.' Then he says, "'Potato' is a nice word."

"Yes, it is," I say.

"And 'shoot' is a nice word."


"But that other word is not."

'Potato' leads to 'shoot' leads to 'that other word.' It's the child cursing version of Six Degrees of Separation. Or Kevin Bacon.

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