Thursday, October 26, 2006

Phon-with-words and breakfast too!

I was babysitting my nieces the other day. The one housekeeping item before lights-out was to give N. a spelling test for school.

Right up my alley! (S'long as it wasn't a Spanish or French spelling test, and it wasn't!)

We ran down the list of a dozen words or so, I corrected the two she misspelled. (She's very bright and not nearly as slow as her Uncle Turtle!)

I noticed the one word was spelled... as it sounded. Most kids I know spell words that way all the time, but this gave me an idea.

T - "You know what we call it when you spell a word like it sounds?"

N - "Ummm... no, I don't know, Uncle T."

T - "We call it phonetically. Can you say 'phonetically'?"

N - "Phon... etically."

T - "Excellent! Now, spell it!"

(do you see what's coming?)

She hands me a scrap of paper:

FUNETIKLEY

T - "Excellent! You know what you just did?"

N. - "What?"

T - "You just spelt 'phonetically' - phonetically!"

N. - "Yah, I guess I did!"

I have a word for YOU as well. I'll spell it, you define it:

FLUVIOGEOMORPHOLOGY

No Googling!

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Afterthought...

I made this for breakfast today, thought I'd share...

In the blender..

1 Banana
2 cups (or so) milk
Cocoa powder till it turns dark…or to taste
Brown sugar to taste
2 teaspoons (or so) instant coffee (preferably full-lead, no decaf!)
2 Squares Wheat-a-bix cereal
1-2 Dolops of Peanut butter
Blend till smooth

…and no, it’s not gross!

6 comments:

ipodmomma said...

when I was pg w/ Ted, I had a smoothie every day. the midwife wanted me to include a raw egg and molasses. egg for protein, which I somehow managed to suck down, and molasses for iron, but that was too gross!

I don't really like eggs now... I wonder if that's why....

Granny said...

Maybe without the instant coffee?

I have no idea what that word is. Now I'm going to google but I promise I won't come back here and blurt it out.

Miss 1999 said...

Ok, I'm totally lost on the word. I have been sitting here saying it out loud like and idiot, and still can't figure it out *L* I might have to go Google now. As for the breakfast, the jury's still out on that one. It might not be too bad though :0)

Badoozie said...
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Badoozie said...

Susiebadoozie said...
you told me that one on msn one day. and guess what? i don't remember, but i'm going to dissect the word, and guess.

here goes

fluvio: something to do with water or rivers
geo: something to do with the earth
morph: to change or become
ology: the study of

putting it all together
to study the changing patterns of rivers?

Anvilcloud said...

That Susiebadoozie is a pretty smart lass. Yup, fluvio does have to do with moving water (as in streams), and geomorphology has to do with surface landforms -- like river valleys and glacial hills as opposed to big geologic structures such as the Rocky Mountains.

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