Sunday, March 29, 2009

Thank you much

I pride myself on having polite babies. I used to hear it a lot when Bianca was a baby--how polite she was with her please and thank you(s). I taught them by saying please and thank you to them; they likewise learn to be polite. It's been a bit rough with Portia. She started saying "thank you" early on but then turned to saying "welcome" every time she needed to say thank you. We understood what she meant. She finally went back to saying thank you. But she doesn't just say thank you, she says, "Thank you much." It reminded me that the word "very" is actually superfluous. We don't really need to use it as often as we do.

It also reminded me of this quote by Mark Twain that I have listed on my goodreads profile: "Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be."

Maybe she's a step ahead. She's cutting out the superfluous word before anyone need tell her. I should be grateful she's not saying damn. That wouldn't be very polite, now would it?



Christie Gardiner said...

What a sweet baby! At least she's talking! Libby still says googoo for thank you and Peeeeeezzz for please.

Crystal said...

What a cutie! She looks so beautiful in that picture.

Abby said "thank you much" too. I liked it, but not for the same intellectual reasons you do. I'm one of those weirdoes who kind of like baby talk.

rachel said...

Mark Twain was a genius. Portia is so very...scratch that...damn...well now that's not appropriate...CUTE!!
I love that picture of her :)

wishbonesandfunnybones said...

I love Mark Twain! What a great quote and what a darling story!