2004-12-16

false etymology

Overheard, walking to school today:

MOTHER: cucumber
CHILD: c u c u m b e r
MOTHER: good! ahh, saucer
CHILD: s a u c e r
MOTHER: very good, aah, aah, barbarashop sic, as heard
CHILD: b a r b e r s
MOTHER: no no
CHILD: b e r
MOTHER: no, you were right, b a r
CHILD: b a r b e
MOTHER: it’s like a lady’s name, cause it’s a hair place
CHILD (questioning voice): b a r b a r a s h o p ?
MOTHER: close, it’s b a r b r a s h o p