Comments: You say Tomato, He says Tumultuous

My kids don't misuse real words, they mishear the pronunciation and create new words. Once one of the cats caught a rodent and let it loose in the house. Our middle son made the discovery: "MOM!!! The cat caught a ver!!!!

"A what?" (?!)

"A VERRRRRRR!!!!"

"WHAT???"

"You know, a VER!!!"

We finally got it sorted out and he now knows the creature was a "vole", but voles (and unidentified varmints as well) are now referred to as "vers" around our house. He hates it when we do that.

Posted by PeggyU at June 14, 2014 02:31 AM

I do it still... you should hear the guys at work when I make that mistake. Sigh...

Posted by vwbug at June 14, 2014 06:58 AM

I would do something like that when I was reading, especially quickly or under stress (like out loud for the class). My eyes and mind would be working quickly, and ahead of my mouth/speech and if I came to a word that I did not know what it was my mind would just substitute a word that looked similar that it did know. I came up with some pretty spectacular stuff, if the rumors are true.

Posted by Web at June 17, 2014 07:13 AM

Made me think of the Will Ferrell meme "Sometimes I use big words I don't understand to make myself seem more photosynthesis" LOL.

Posted by Shaz Green at June 18, 2014 09:11 PM