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Orion's Proverbial 'Cog in the Machine' - Chapter 4

01/03/19

I’m sure it sounds really old fashioned and twee but to slow the inevitable pull of after-dinner electronic attractions (PlayStation, Kindle et al), we play some linguistic games with our children at the dinner table. 

Naturally, our competitions don’t last long and inevitably finish acrimoniously in allegations of cheating but they are fun for a time and act as a constant reminder to me of how alike adults children can be. 

We typically play naming games, often based on the alphabet, but sometimes they are rhyming, maths tests, word quizzes or geography.  Our daughter of 11 years loved last nights’ game which involved one family member being judge and awarding points to the best random word from the other players.  And yes, before you ask, it ended ‘acrimoniously in allegations of cheating’.

The cheating definitely takes place along with various forms of temporary alliances and huffy behaviour when teasing is focussed on one particular participant for too long.  All good for child development I keep telling myself when my general banter has become perhaps a bit too mocking.

A couple of days ago, I was testing the family on how optimistic or pessimistic they are based on the old glass half full or glass half empty fable.  Everyone was responding in line with our discriminatory perceptions of each other with my son deliberately stating that his glass was ‘half empty’ – he is a teenager after all!

What I didn’t expect was for him to announce, in-between spitting bits of steak pie at me, that it actually all depends at what point you are at with using the glass.  Looking to dismiss his nonsense, I asked him to elaborate on his musings to which he replied ‘if I am filling the glass, it is half full but if I have been drinking the glass then it is half empty’.  Gobsmacked and struggling to understand the complexity of his deliberation, I elected to play to the crowd and announced an early retreat to the PlayStation 4 (I think I got away with it!).

Ballistic Statistic of the Week

There are only 4 common English words that end in ‘dous’ which is possibly horrendous, stupendous and tremendous but probably not hazardous.

Vital Job Title of the Week

Anyone in need of a ‘Relief Herdsman’ who also states ‘give me a try I wont let you down?’

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