“Where do all the silent p’s go?”

The Five-Year-Old’s other theory: A hobbit, the size of The Five-Year-Old’s foot and wearing a vacation hat, is hording all the socks and silent p’s. One can only assume that he’s using the socks as sleeping bags and snoring with the p’s.

After hearing Daddyo explain to The Five-Year-Old that in words like ‘pneumonia’ and ‘pteranodon’ the ‘p’ is silent:

Mommyo, facetiously: “Where do all the silent p’s go?”

The Five-Year-Old, excitedly: “In front!”

Daddyo, authoritatively: “Wherever my socks went.”

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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One Response to “Where do all the silent p’s go?”

  1. Sheila says:

    I’m thinking that they are all with “poor ole Charlie ‘neath the streets of Boston, riding on the MTA”

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