Who I’ve Become and a Mystery

This morning Klaus and I are going to an internist to get an ultrasound. Yes, I am now the person who takes their cat to an internist.

Does anybody know if you are supposed to feed a cat before an ultrasound? I was just telling Becky and Bridgette that this is something I should know, having had easily 20 of them when I was pregnant with The Squad.

Riddle Me This: Why can Claudia say “feet” clear as day, but she calls her frog a “shrog”?

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  1. [shrug]

  2. I have to go with Becky’s answer of [shrug], but I’ll throw in a ‘I have no freakin’ idea’

    Have you checked Google?

  3. Its like my friends husband (hes from Puerto Rico), he says “choes” for shoes and “shicken” for chicken! Which COMPLETELY baffles me. I will have to start making fun of Claudia like I make fun of him!

  4. My son (ha! that was sin to begin with) can say yes but not yellow it’s lellow (I love that though) and he can say Papa, peanuts and please but says DJ instead of PJ (his uncle)

  5. MY boys can say lizzard, and loser…but when they talk to their sister Lydia, they still said “Yidia”

    [shrug]….maybe because…kids are weird?

  6. Um… cause they can. Nata says Mama, Maya, Mine and More, just fine, but she calls M&M’s Nem Nems. Maybe they do it because we laugh and think it’s funny.

  7. The Kaiser has told me in no uncertain terms he will not be paying anymore large vet bills. So I hope my cat stays healthy forever.

  8. It is because the “fr” sound is different than the “fe” sound. There are a lot of sounds that sound different accoprding to the sound that follows it. Do you need any other phonemic awareness info?

  9. “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”

    Hunter S. Thompson

  10. Tammy’s right, it has to do with the sound that follows. In “feet”, you have just one consonant, followed by a vowel. “Frog” however starts with a consonant cluster, and since your kids are still learning how to produce the different sounds, saying “shrog” is a little easier as far as movement of the articulatory body parts is concerned. For /r/ the tongue has to be in the back of the mouth. That sound itself takes some time to learn (lots of Germans struggle with it when learning English), so to compensate, Claudia uses a different fricative (that’s a type of consonant) that requires the tongue to be roughly in the same position as it would be for /r/. To produce /f/ she wouldn’t need the tongue to cause friction, but her teeth and lower lip, and then move the tongue to the correct position. Of course that’s a whole lot to do all at once for someone just learning all these sounds, so she takes a little shortcut.

    The other phenomena people describe are similar: In yellow – lellow I would guess that the speaker prepares for the /l/ too early. In DJ – PJ the tongue position for pronouncing “D” and “J” is more similar than “P” and “J”.

    The case of “Yidia” might have to do with the word having three syllables or maybe the characteristics of the vowel after the inital sound of the word.

    And I would finally guess that “nemnems” also has to do with the relative complexity of the ‘word’ “M&Ms”

    And don’t even think about trying to correct them, they will learn it when the time has come. Can you tell I’m studying for my linguistics exam?

  11. Plus, “shrog” sounds a lot like some of the croaking sounds frogs make.

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