Another breakfast conversation with Fainjin – they seem to be my main source of blog fodder at the moment!
I’d been talking about some medicine with Pearl, and used the word “tablet”. About five minutes later, Fainjin said, “Mum, I’m confused about tablets.”
He thought for a bit. “Well, they can be different things.”
I saw what he was getting at. “Do you mean like tablets that are medicine and tablets that are computers?”
“That’s just using the same word to mean two different things. It’s a little bit confusing, but we do it in the English language all the time. I wouldn’t worry too much.”
He considered that, then said, “OK”. I was grateful he didn’t ask for another example, because I didn’t have one ready despite my assertion. Feel free to leave a list of your favourites in the comments.
Then a few minutes later, he mused, “And some tablets are baby frogs.”
Pearl and I looked at him, and laughed. “OK Fainjin, now you are confused!”
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