Homonyms are tricky for 2 year olds!

Homonym: one of a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings.

Before naptime, Brooks and I were reading a book about Pirates and all the fun facts that go along with Pirates, including guns, swords, stealing, plundering, and my personal favorite, torturing non-loyal pirates by hanging them in a cage until they die, only to have vultures come and eat their flesh until there's nothing left but a skeleton. I know what you're thinking... hardly appropriate for a 2 year old. And I agree. But the problem is this book is very interactive, featuring a pop-up ship, levers and pull tabs that change the pictures. It's very cool, so I just skip over the flesh-eating birds part for Brooks' sake, and honestly, my own. But I digress.

When we got to the page about the Pirate Booty, aka Pirate Treasure or "Monies" as Brooks calls it, I pointed to the treasure box and asked him what it was. He confidently said, "Pirate Bum!" Apparently in our house, the words "booty" and "bum" are used interchangably!

Here he is showing his wingspan compared to other birds of prey... the eagle and hawk.


1 Response to "Homonyms are tricky for 2 year olds!"

Sheri Watkins said... May 16, 2011 at 11:42 PM

He didn't understand you because you weren't speaking in spanish. He only understands spanish. HOLA. AGUA.

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