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

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 will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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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.


  2. Pingback: “Why are butterfly antennae smooth while moth antennae are feathery?” | CATERPICKLES

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