Beware Pedant Alert!
Beware Pedant Alert!
Oh my we are on the high alert in my house- pedant alert that is. According to Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary the simple definition of Pedant is: a person who annoys other people by correcting small errors and giving too much attention to minor details.
There is seriously not a family dinner where we don’t use this word, as my family is obsessed with being pedantic. It’s driving me crazy. We are a sarcastic bunch by nature. And if you can dish it you better be able to take it around our dinner table.
Yep these above are the MAJOR PEDANTS that are at my dining room table every night. From Left to Right: Kristen who discovered the word pedant while preparing for the SATS, my Mom Gerri aka AOB (that nick name is for another blog at a future date) and husband Shawn who I have fondly nick-named Scrabble for his use of fifty cent words when a nickle word will do from our dating days.
I actually challenged them to see if they could control the behavior by getting through one whole meal without correction. No dice! Didn’t happen. It was similar to playing the quiet game in the car, they were practically bursting. What a fantasy! It’s as if they can’t help themselves. I think it’s absolutely amazing that I make it through a day working in a dynamic healthcare environment, interacting with providers, nurses, administrators, vendors, contractors and am able to actually get my point across without being interrupted to be corrected.
I know I’m not alone. Recently, I had attended a wake and met a few other women who were Moms. During the course of our conversation, one began to describe a humorous cartoon post she posted on social media. I said oh yeah, I saw that meme too and laughed. She replied what did you call it? I said a meme. She said spell it. So I did M-E-M-E. She said she never heard of it before and I said you learn something new every day, but at least you won’t get made fun of now by your children because you know how to pronounce it. Of course my children corrected my pronunciation of the word. I read M-E-M-E and said “Me-Me” instead “meem”. I haven’t lived that one down, and my kids like to repeat that story. Hardee Har Har!
My comeback to them, is that I taught you how to eat with a spoon, tie your shoes and ride a bike. Top that! I dare you!
By the way, the pedant behavior isn’t just rampant among the children, my husband and mother need to be re-conditioned as well. There is no escaping. Even if they know what you meant to say the correction is ever forth coming. It does make for some funny conversations. Good thing I love them all so much! So be forewarned and Beware Pendant Alert is always going on at my house. That’s part of my Mom Life and what makes My Best of Both Worlds the best for me.