Sunday, April 26, 2009

Kenna's Vocab

It's perfectly normal for a preschool aged child to use words incorrectly. Also, it's rather commonplace for a young child to tweak a word. Case in point: Mackenna's recent use of the word "bester."

Frankly, I don't know why "bester" hasn't been integrated into the English language before now. It works beautifully to mean "better and more"--at the same time. Here is an actual example in Mackenna's own words,

Mommy, you know who I like bester than Jasmine?
I like Snow White
bester than Jasmine.

"Bester" is cute and quite useful in communicating. Anyone listening to Kenna could easily understand her meaning when she uses this term.

This is not the case with some of her other words lately. She's been making some words completely up (as far as her father and I can tell). Michael and I are readers; we've got decent vocabularies. We hold our own when we play "Word Power" in Reader's Digest every month. And yet Mackenna has stumped us twice in the past week with some of her "vocabulary."

The first instance happened when she and her sister were playing on the floor. Suddenly, Kenna was crying. I tried to calm her and find out what had happened. Through tears and with the utmost sincerity, she explained that her finger had been "friggled" by her sister and that is why she was screaming.

"Friggled?" I queried (see the above-par vocab coming out now?), "What does 'friggled' mean?" She looked at me like I had just asked her what "finger" meant. She went on to explain that "friggled" means "hurt." Marlee had hurt her finger. Oh.

The next morning, I woke up to her sitting on my bed chatting with her daddy. She was intent on sharing her narrative with her father. As my mind pushed its way out of dreamland and into reality, I heard this snippet, "...and then the mouses ate the appilators..."

I sat right up. "What is she talking about?" I asked my Michael. He raised his eyebrows and responded, "She's telling me about appilators." "But what are they?" I posed again. He shrugged. Mackenna went on to explain that they are things that "mouses" eat; they don't eat at all, themselves, as they do not have mouthes (pronounced mouth-ehs). Suddenly, everything was much more clear. As mud.

We have no idea where this child is getting her new words, but it sure is keeping us entertained! In the meantime, I guess the moral here is this: although it is not desirable to have your finger friggled, it's a darn sight bester than being on the appilator end of a mouse/appilator confrontation. You heard it here first.

I worry that Kenna gets a bad wrap on my blog. I hope you can tell from this post and this photo that my baby isn't all hellion. Truly, she's rather funny and cuddly.


Christie said...

Liza is my vocab girl. She also invented words at this age. Benchy was my favorite of hers. (it means wobbly) Too funny. She STILL does it. Not as cute when they are 11. :-)

Jann said...

She is so cute. I love her words. That picture is adorable.

Jenni said...

Aw that picture is so sweet!! Those words rock - she's so creative!!:)

Cara said...

this is much fun to read.

Jessica said...

That little Miss is one of a kind! She's definitely grown since I last saw her - she looks so big in that picture. (I, too, am a big fan of the Reader's Digest Word Power.)

whitney allison said...

She's a very silly girl. Good stories all.

Jeffy said...

Having BEEN an appilator in an appilator/mouse confrontation, I agree. :) She is cute.

Tracy said...

Love that picture! I tried to imitate Kenna and you shot me down. I guess I didn't use the right words.

Kellie said...

Awesome story. Love that girl. She needs to blog and get all the funny words from the word verification. I love thinking about figuring out a meaning for them. For example, the one I am looking at right now is zootro. I bet Kenna could do something with that.

Sommer said...

adorable, simply and completly adorable!

Deb said...

it almost looks like she has wings, she's such an angel! (that is one of the cutest bedsets i've ever seen, by the way)

love the vocab lesson. kenna's awesome.

Mary said...

I'm with Deb is that her bedroom. Very cute and chic for a young girl.

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