Even though she didn’t spell it correctly! The correct spelling is onomatopoeia, which is using words that sound like the sound they are describing. Think old-school Batman “Bam! Bang! Boom!” I’ll have to think of another prize for Meggan. It might have to be a niece or nephew on the East Coast that doesn’t belong to Margie. (And no, this is not an announcement that I’m pregnant. Because I’m not.) When (Lord willing) I am, I’ll try to call you all before I announce it to the world on Xanga!
And, for the record, I think the first time I ever learned that word, “onomatopoeia” was in the book, I Used to be an Artichoke, which, in looking for it just now, I discovered is out of print. Mom – do you still have it? Should I just buy it used and be grateful it’s still available at all? Siblings – if Mom has it, will anyone be mad if she gives it to me? Mom – did you commit the unforgivable sin by giving away a book without asking every single one of us if we still wanted it? (You do have a track record on that one, you know. And I know, I’m not supposed to bring that up anymore but I just couldn’t resist!) The onomatopoeia page was one of my favorites. I liked how the page looked and I loved saying the word. I think I probably just about had the book memorized at one point. And, crazily enough, I’ve still never eaten a fresh artichoke – just those canned hearts from the salad bar. I guess I should get working on that.
And Katie (and all others who I may have confused), I get to stay at my school until the end of the year, THANKFULLY. So this shake up doesn’t affect anything until the next school year, for which I am very grateful.