This is what happens when you keep the OED in the dining room

Weekends at CaterpicklesMommyo, passing the plate of appetizers around the table: “The Seven-Year-Old, would you like some prosciutto? It’s like bacon, but doesn’t need to be cooked.”

Daddyo, correctly: “It’s like bacon but is already cooked.”

Mommyo, huffily: “Well, I suppose you could say that if you wanted to be technically correct.”

Daddyo, assuredly: “I say that because it’s true.”

Mommyo, pointedly: “The Seven-Year-Old, your Daddyo is so semantical.”

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at
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2 Responses to This is what happens when you keep the OED in the dining room

  1. Victoria says:

    Being technically correct is overrated, unless, of course, you’re the one who’s correct.


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