It’s Not All Mary Poppins

that’s what he said

“Where is my thing, Mary?”

“What thing is that, Timmy?”

“My thing that is over the other thing that goes in by a thing.”

Oh, okay then.

If there was one word I would happily remove from the English language, it would be “thing”, home and harbour of the imprecise and lazy.

Oh! Wait! My thoughts had wandered a bit there, and I was no longer talking about Timmy. Well, he’s certainly imprecise, but given that he’s three years old, I think we can cut him a little slack. But if he’s still doing that when he’s a teen? I pity his teachers.

July 20, 2009 - Posted by | the things they say!, Timmy


  1. How about the word “nice”? That could be scrapped at the same time.

    Comment by Mwa | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  2. It is a very long story with sordid details and drinking but we don’t use the word thing when our brain stops and we are trying to fill in the blank. Instead we use “Spanish Fellow.” You know, “Hey, Hon, where is the Spanish Fellow.” It makes the game even more painful.

    Comment by Jennifer | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  3. I would remove the word “huh”. My two-year old’s response to every single thing I say at the moment, is ….HUH?

    Its then a toss up between repeating what I said, telling him to say pardon, not HUH or just doing it myself.

    Comment by Tammy | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  4. Ack, I get this sort of imprecision from Maya constantly. She’ll refer to something (from another room, usually yelled) with a nondescript pronoun and I’m somehow supposed to magically discern the object about which she’s speaking.

    More often than not, this happens when I’m in the shower. She’ll be five in September. When do kids learn (I mean REALLY internalize) “wait” again?

    Comment by Allison | July 21, 2009 | Reply

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