• By david on December 2, 2011 @ 7:59 pm No Comments

    Benjamin, while playing a difficult online video game: “This game is impossible!”

    First time I heard him use that word. Pretty funny…

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  • By david on October 10, 2010 @ 12:18 am No Comments

    Today, Becca asked me if she could change the DVD to watch something else. Star Trek-TNG, as it turns out, a particular point of pride on which I will almost certainly elaborate at some point in another post.

    I was a bit too slow to respond, so she slipped into a facetious supplicant mode, pretending I was a king.

    “Please, may I watch Star Trek, your Royal Minus?”

    An honest mistake, right? Yeah, sure it was.

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  • By david on September 24, 2010 @ 9:45 am 1 Comment

    Another in the Guess-You-Had-To-Be-There (GYHTBT) series.

    Benjamin pronounces the word “Small” in the most unusual way. The closest approximate phonetic transcription I can imagine is: “Hmall”, an exhale replacing the “S”, followed by the rest of the word, the “mall” part.

    But here’s the kicker: Instead of pronouncing the “H” using an exhalation via his throat, he exhales the ‘H” using his nose only, sometimes even crinkling his nose as he does it.

    It’s very cute, made even cuter when the context is a discussion of who is big and who is small in which he usually affirms his own smallness.

    Love that boy! Like I said, GYHTBT.

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  • By david on October 6, 2009 @ 2:31 pm Comments Off

    This is the first of what I will label “Guess-You-Had-To-Be-There” (GYHTBT) posts. These are just cute little episodes or observations, usually about the kids, that will almost certainly mean nothing to anyone else, but that I want to remember and preserve. Hopefully my record here will be enough for me to look back and fondly recall it.

    So, feel free to bail out here. No hard feelings, I promise. Move along. Nothing to see here. Head on back to your homes, citizens.

    First up: When Benjamin (2y8m) is agreeing with something, he says “Uh huh”, just like anyone. But he does it with the cutest melodic flavor, almost a southern lilt. GYHTBT.

    Second: Although Benjamin does not yet have a Twitter account, he does have his own preschooler usage of #FTW. Whenever he does something of which he is proud or wins a game, he uses the Thai term ชนะ (“to win”) which is pronounced as chaH naH. In keeping with a tradition established by Becca, Benjamin restricts many words to the final syllable only. So, when he wins at something, he will triumphantly announce “NaH!”. Very cute, but GYHTBT.

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  • By david on September 2, 2009 @ 1:44 pm 3 Comments

    Becca still seems to trip over usage of the words “many” and “much”.

    Of course, we can see that the issue is enumerability and countability.

    So we could say “I ate so much pizza that I gained 10 pounds” or “I ate so many slices of pizza that I gained 10 pounds”. The difference is that I can enumerate and count the slices. [Well, at least in theory. I don't think it's possible to really count the number of slices I ate on my last trip home, hence, the 10 pounds. Groan...]

    So, as I dole out crackers to the kids, Becca will say something like “Daddy, Daddy, I want much, please.” Comprehensible, of course, but not quite right.

    Still, I have no complaints at all about the one I heard last night as she was falling asleep beside me:

    “I love you so many, Daddy.”

    Sweet dreams, indeed.

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  • By david on July 29, 2009 @ 9:07 pm No Comments

    A NY Times piece today on the Microsoft/Yahoo search deal contained a usage of “reticence” where “reluctance” would have better.

    After tense, months-long negotiations, the deal was derailed, in part by Mr. Yang’s reticence,…

    They would no doubt justify it by pointing to the entry, in their query.nytimes.com service which seems to use the American Heritage Dictionary.

    But it still pisses me off. I’m much more in agreement with traditional purists on this point: Reticence is a subset of reluctance referring only to speech.

    Sigh…

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