Thursday, June 21, 2012

End of homework

That is what I am most grateful for. We had a hard time this year. I have been clearing out all the stuff that Emma brought home from school. I came across her spelling book. This is the book that caused much dread in both of us.

How many of these words can you use in a sentence (without looking it up)?
perspicacity
obsolescent
rhapsodic
paradigmatic
impugn
pugnacious
precocity

These were all words that my 4th grader had for homework.

5 comments:

Heather Rose-Chase said...

Emma's perspicacity of big words learned in 4th grade will make the dictionary obsolescent for my brilliant niece.
I become especially rhapsodic about big words and love when I find one that I don't know the meaning of!
Living in China forces you to shift paradigms... but using paradigmatic is a challenge.
Don't impugn Emma's teacher for giving her such complicated spelling words, later in life she'll be able to win arguments with pugnacious friends by pulling out her large vocabulary which she can use to dazzle people with her precocity!
I'm a loquacious sesquipedalian, so this is right up my alley! Way to go Emma!

Heather said...

Hahahaha Heather. Love it!

claynheidi said...

Wow. I am impressed. Touché

claynheidi said...

Here's what Clay was thinking:

Thinking of the meaning of these words caused large beads of perspicacity to form on my forehead. I wish they would wait to give these words to obsolescents instead of mere grade school kids. I guess some of these words could be used in a rhap song, but it would be so bad it probably wouldn't be worth a paradigms. But I like to think of myself as being paradigmatic and just taking what I can get. Of course some of these words are so impugny that I can hardly see them! Of course my small short-snouted dog is so pugnacious, he never gives up! By now, I'm sure your thinking that these sentences are awful (absolutely precocious!), so I'll stop now.

Heather Rose-Chase said...

Love! That's hilarious, Clay!