Sunday, July 6, 2008
Funct and Gruntled
My daughter is an actress but doesn’t attest to it. She speaks using numerous accents, sounding native to each country. Even her Spanish teacher uses her as a vocal model.
During her journey to Scotland last year, her accent easily blended with the Scots. When she imitates our Chinese waitress–friend, she mimics every nuance to such a point that I’m rolling on the floor, tears streaming down my face. “Poke with mixt wikitables? Yes, yes, soup good! Yummy soup!”
She also likes playing with the American-English language. “I’m funct and gruntled today,” she happily announced to me.
“What?!” I incredulously replied.
“Well, if defunct means dead and disgruntled means grumpy, I’m neither. I feel alive and happy!”
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