Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Leave it to the Adults to Jump to Conclusions

Question of the day from a child playing Scrabble:

"Is dike a word?"

My breath catches, because the spelling hasn't been revealed. Is the child asking what d-y-k-e is, or d-i-k-e? I so don't want to have to explain "dyke". Not here. Not now. Not amoungst so many other little kids. Not to a child that's not mine. SO not part of my job description.

"Um, well, d-i-k-e means a wall of dirt or cement to hold back water, sort of like a dam."

Hold my breath. Please God, let that be what this kid is asking.

"Oh good, because that's how I spelled it and I've never heard that word before."


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