Semantics

No, it's not a card outtake. In fact, it could have gone on the card had it existed in time. But it was too cute not to include.

No, it’s not a card outtake. In fact, it could have gone on the card had it existed in time. But it was too cute not to include.

Pretty sure I just lost a linguistic argument with my four year old.

We were summoned upstairs by a loud thud followed by crying. Das Big Boy had fallen out of bed. I snuggled while DBB dispatched his father to bring him some ice for his nose. Said ice pressed to his face, he began to chat.

DBB: What’s the opposite of cold?

HH: Hot.

DBB: The opposite of warm is cold.

HH: Yes.

DBB: What’s the opposite of truck?

HH: Well, trucks don’t really have opposites…

DBB, interrupting: The opposite of truck is duck.

HH: No. Those words rhyme. Truck doesn’t have an opposite. See, only adjectives have opposites. An adjective is a word that describes something. But a thing can’t have an opposite. Like cat, or milk, or building. Those don’t have opposites.

DBB: What’s the opposite of man?

HH: Ummm…

DBB: Lady.

And that’s how he outsmarted me. His (troubling) binary views of gender aside, he totally won that conversation. And yes, I now see that my argument was flawed because descriptive nouns and verbs can obviously have opposites, but I was caught off guard and trying to educate a sleepy four year old who had a recent nose injury.

Also, I promise to discuss the Christmas tree and its three, yes THREE, praying mantis cocoons tomorrow.

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