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Saturday, June 04, 2011

Things to try today, ideally with children present

The word chipmunk also has a quick and chattery feel to it, doesn't it? It has two quick syllables and darts from one to the other. And hey, do this: say chipmunk chipmunk chipmunk chipmunk chipmunk chipmunk chipmunk chipmunk chipmunk chipmunk chipmunk as fast as you can. Look in the mirror and tell me it doesn't look like a chipmunk chewing its seeds. Stuff your cheeks with snacks for an even more impressive effect.

I think I’ll leave this as a thought experiment, although only because we’re out of nuts and seeds at the moment Winking smile

This is from Sesquiotica, a blog which will increase your vocabulary, or your understanding of vocabulary you already have.

[Chipmonk] is almost certainly an English reconstrual of an Algonquian word – the Ojibwa word ajidamoonh “squirrel” (literally “headfirst”, because that’s how it goes down trees) is a very likely cognate.