Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What's the difference...?

Brother takes language very seriously. He IS the son of an English teacher. He's always had a vocabulary beyond his years. Lately, he's started asking "what's the difference between..." so many things. Sometimes, it's hard to come up with a difference. But - he doesn't like the answer "they are the same". When I tried that - he said, "No they aren't. They sound different and are two different words." Here's a sampling of what we're dealing with;

What's the difference between cement and concrete?

What's the difference between fuzzy and furry?

What's the difference between evening and night?

What's the difference between can't wait and excited for?

The list really goes on and on, but you get the picture.

In daugher news, Little Bitty had her 18 month appointment today. She grew an inch and a half since her 15 month check-up! So, her head and height are continuing to get bigger! She's still slender, but definitely healthy and perfect (my words, not doc's). I asked about her speech development... she is very vocal, but not so much understandable. The pediatrician pointed out (as Little Bitty, climbed onto an adult size stool in the office in the blink-of-an-eye and proceeded to try to jump down and then rifled through their childproofed-but-not-LittleBitty-proofed cabinets) that she believes our lovely daughter is expending her energy elsewhere right now and not focusing so much on getting her articulation of new words perfected. Ahhh, I see.

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