Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sam's Dictionary

Sam's vocabulary is blossoming more and more as he grows. Now, at four-and-a-half, he can tell you what words mean. He's been doing this a lot lately. One of you speech-path people tell me if this is a milestone. I assume so because it has been fairly sudden.

What's so great about this is that Sam's definitions aren't quite what Noah Webster had in mind when he wrote his great dictionary. Sam's definitions are all based on context--which is legitimate (remember this, my dear English students?). However, they aren't usually correct, and most of them are adjectives. This makes for fun blogging material, in my opinion.

Here are a few:
  • Strong: "means you pick up stuff and you're strong"
  • Cute: "means you smile all the time"
  • Handsome: "means you're so nice and brave"
  • Fat: "means you have hair all over your body"

I asked him these this morning to make the list longer.
  • Smart: "you're a good finder of cars at Conway"
  • Nice: "means whenever you are good"
  • Silly: "means you are funny"
  • Funny: "means you are making silly faces"
  • Kind: "you take care of your sister and your brother"
  • Mean: "means you have to tell your mom and dad"
  • Truth: "means you can have sweets"
  • Lie: "it's a bad thing"
He's so precious!


  1. those are hilarious!! i especially like the defs for "mean" and silly and funny. i can't believe he's 4 1/2!

  2. those are great! funny how they see things...

  3. That is fabulous. Man, he's four and a half? That is just not right is it?

  4. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog from BlogHer! I love that I get lists of blogs on my sidebar to visit! I'm fascinated by reading other people's stories.

    That's so cool that you've known people from YWAM! We've been in YWAM for over 10 yrs now and really love it. And friends adopting from Uganda? Very cool! There are lots of orphans there.

    Your son's definitions are so cute! I love the things kids come up with!

    Oh, and not to make this comment too long, but with the fruit leather...I have these little umbrella nets that go over food that keep bugs out. They work great! If you make it, I hope it turns out great!


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