Monday, February 9, 2009

Don't Limit Your Vocabulary

My three-year-old called his sister a miscreant today. I almost fell out of my chair.

ME: Did he just say miscreant?

HUSBAND: Oh, yeah. You've never heard him say that before? They call each other miscreants all the time.

Where did they get it from? Ice Age 2.

So, if you are writing a picture book and you are thinking of limiting your vocabulary, DON'T!

If kids aren't exposed to big words, how are they going to learn them?


Lapillus said...

Oh man. How funny! My two-year-old watches both Ice Age movies constantly. I wonder if she'll pull something out of it.

It's amazing what they pick up. Kind of scary too though. :p

Christine said...

Amen!Those SAT questions aren't going to answer themselves.

Kelly H-Y said...

Oh my gosh, that made me laugh! That is so awesome ... well, not that he called his sister a miscreant, but that he knew the word and used it, uh, appropriately?! Too funny!

Shelli said...

so true =- you'd be surprised what they pick up :)

beth said...

So cute! And so true...don't limit! Don't be afraid that a word/sentence/paragraph/book is too big--there will be an audience for it!

Solvang Sherrie said...

That's awesome! I love when my kids pull words like that out of the air!