Me: “President Obama, you have, uh, a little something on your face.”
President Obama: “Don’t be afraid, my child, you can tell me what and where it is.”
Me: “It’s something on your nose, by your nostril.”
President Obama: “What is it?”
Me: “It’s on your nose.”
President Obama: “Tell me what it is!”
Me: “Something from your nose.”
President Obama: “Tell me what it is NOW! One word!”
Me: “Dried mucus…”
President Obama: “I said, “ONE word!”
*I know you’ve grown to expect a certain level of sophistication from me. My pant-ass splitting series was fairly witty, and my thoughts on my dogs trying to kill me are clever. So, try not to think of this as gross, but really think about what I mean.
Is there another name for a booger? I’m not trying to be gross here, but is there really another name for it? If there is another word then I haven’t heard it. Really though, we must think of the beauty of that word. Is there another word that encapsulates it better? Booger just sounds right. Is there a term for words that are seemingly nonsense but fit what the word means perfectly? Booger is a funny thing (well, to 10 year olds), and it’s a funny word.
The next example is worse than booger but works. Fart is a perfect word for what it is. The actual word has nothing to do with the action. Like, when one slips out, it doesn’t make an onomatopoeia-esque noise (Faaaaaaaart. “Oh, excuse me!”). The word came from somewhere and whoever made it up is a genius. It is just so appropriate for what it means.
Next, I explore why there is to and too, but not a so and soo – as in, “I’m soo tired.” Doesn’t that make sense?