Monday, March 19, 2007

No Wonder She Is So Good At Scrabble

She is my 7 1/2 year old daughter. She has a great vocabulary and loves to play boggle and scrabble.

When we play word games with her, we are often pleasantly surprised by her choice of words she uses, and other times, we are stunned. She is the cunning, oops I mean the quiet observer and listener. She's always been this way.

So why should I be so shocked when, out of the blue last night, she asked me -

"Momma, what does Shmuck mean?"

Clearing my throat, I said, "Uh, what?"

"Shmuck. I heard you use it when you were talking about your friend."

"Um, well, uh, a Shmuck is a jerk. When someone is acting like a big jerk, that's what it means."

"Hmm", she sighed to herself.

"Then, momma, there is sure a lot of Shmucks at my school."

"Well, Nat, I am sure there are, but it's not a word you want to use at school."

Let's just save it for Scrabble. How many points is it worth?


Ayelet said...

Awesome! I get such a kick out of kids that are always looking to learn. (Extra points to mom for a well-written post.)

PsychoToddler said...

I suspect that if I didn't have kids to keep me on my toes I'd be swearing like a sailor all the time.

... Is the Window to Our Soul said...

Ayelet - thanks for the compliment.

PT - well, I don't remember if I actually used the word, but if I did, believe me, for the person I was talking about, it was well-deserved at the time.

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