Although it’s tricky to thread that line between spirituality and materialism, you can fandangle ways to remember the true meaning of Christmas, and why you are at it, still enjoy all the great traditions that come back with a vintage every year. The joy and glea of Christmas are always growing by leaps and pounds. There are always the engagments — Love is a many splended thing! And there’s the holiday intertaining, with the ubber-fun parties. I’m usually very health conscience, but at the holidays it is no holds bar — I can be sueded into excepting a treat or two. Even if it does reek havoc with my diet, I can always get back on the eleptical in the New Year and get back to a healthy regime. Also, at Christmas I like to get a new outfit – this year I have an adorable camosile which will perfectly compliment my new sweater.
So, voile! I’d just assume give as receive, but, as I eluded to above, all of these great traditions can help bring the true spirit of Christmas. Here Here!
It's almost scary how much joy these things bring me. Back to home:
My almost first-grader has taken to using the word "technically" when she means "sort of." She'll say things like, "Well, technically, we'll be leaving for Grandma's house in an hour."
"No," I tell her, "we won't be leaving until this evening."
"Well, technically, it'll be in about an hour."
"No, technically, it won't be until after dinner."
She can't seem to get it into her head that "technically" is exactly the opposite of what she thinks it means.
But the best recent malapropism I can think of in my family was when I came across a school assignment my son did a couple of years ago when they were discussing childcare.
He'd drawn a picture of a stroller with a baby inside babbling baby talk. The stroller sat beside a staircase. The boy babysitter sprawled, sleeping on the couch, holding a phone with words coming out of it saying, "Hello? Hello? Is Jamie OK?"
Across the top of the page in big, bold letters, was SAFETY TIP #1:
And the bottom had the tip and the malapropism, which I still giggle over:
Never leave children unintended.
Not quite what he was going for, but still good advice, that.
Oh how that last one makes me giggle!
My husband's step-mum suffers from this affliction and brings constant (unintended) mirth to the whole family.
I love Zina's posts! They are always so funny.
I love them too--especially when my kids spout them suddenly. It does brighten the day.
That last one is SO FABULOUS. He's wise beyond his years.
Clearly I need to read that mummy book.
(By the way, when I said it was fine for you to borrow from me, I totally forgot to say thank you and I'm flattered.)
Funny stuff! I really enjoyed it.
THAT's what those are called. I never knew. Very clever stuff.
Ah, Mrs. Malaprop. We owe her (or whoever wrote her) a debt.
That one from your boy reminds me of my favorite quote from a Ziggy cartoon:
"80% of pedestrians are caused by accidents."
That last one was HILARIOUS! My husband and I both cracked up.
Okay, am I the worst sort of person for admitting that it was agonizing to read the example you gave us? Funny, sure, but agonizing. (Yes, I am the worst. =[ )
I love malapropisms. I started writing them down, because I can never remember the ones that really make me giggle. My favorites are when they are found in a colloquialism, because those are hard enough for some people to understand and they're just something we say, so they make up something that sounds right and...it sort of makes sense when you think about it. I always get a great giggle out of those.
Bria used to say she had a sword throat instead of a sore throat. Whenever I would correct her she would tell me "No! It's a SWORD throat...there is a sword in there and it's killing my throat!"
Unintended is funny!
Very funny malapropisms. I was going to say malpropisms, but I didn't know if I would just look stupid :)
I love this blog.
I'll never forget the first time I saw Sheridan's The Rivals. Mrs. Malaprop herself introduced me to the wacky world of malapropisms. Fabulous.
For a while my sister thought that "original" meant the opposite of what it does, because she kept hearing it used sarcastically. Like, "Well that's original."
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