Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Max, the boss of the alphabet

Tonight, Brielle was helping Max read some words. When they came to the word "what" Max insisted on pronouncing the "H" sound.
Brielle said "Max, when you see a "w" and "h" together, the "h" is silent. It doesn't say anything"
and Max replied,

"WELL THEN WHY DID THEY EVEN PUT IT IN THERE?!?!?!"

20 comments:

LisAway said...
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LisAway said...

EXACTLY, Max!! While I'm teaching my kids to read English (Polish is all completely phonetic and easy to read) I always answer these types of questions with, "Because English is stupid." (Not that I don't absolutely love English, but it's possible to be lovable and stupid at the same time, as everyone knows.)

Alison Wonderland said...

A-freaking-men! And while we're at it let's get rid of the letter C which serves no purpose that isn't taken care of by some other letter!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Not stupid, just charmingly quirky...

Jillene said...

Hahahahaha!! Max is THE BOMB!!

Melissa said...

I KNOW!!! You really begin to realize how stupid the english languuage is when you help a child learn to read.

b. said...

The kid is right.
Put him in charge!

TJ said...

Just wait until he gets to ph

CountessLaurie said...

Poor Max. Just beginning to recongnize the nonsensical in the world. Hang in there, kid!

Brillig said...

Hahaha. I totally agree with Max. But my favorite part about this post is that you have a label that says, "my kid is a control freak." HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Kristina P. said...

Excellent question, Max! I feel that way about a lot of things. Like peanut butter without chocolate.

rychelle said...

i vote max for president!

rocslinger said...

Yeah Max, Show him the word Shreveport and how its pronounced than try and convince him that the world is logical!

Elizabeth said...

Ah, but the language makes perfect sense if you remember how many different languages have contributed to it. I start with Latin and greek roots in third grade and never have a tough time with those "ph" words...they are all Greek! Every modern and many ancient languages have added words or spellings to modern English...I think it's fun...kind of like a detective show!

Gotta go teach some phonics!
Pax, all!

Erin said...

I definitely have wondered the same thing many, many times. Genius! Can he pull some strings to get the H taken out?

Annette Lyon said...

Stupid English.

What will poor Max do when he comes across knee and psychologist?

Amber said...

Good point Max. Good point.

amelia said...

Have you seen the "Family Guy" clip about whipped cream? They discuss this exact problem

Jo said...

I think that non native english speakers would completely agree with Max. And the world would be a simpler place with Max in charge of the alphabet!

Jones - Keeping Up With Mom said...

Good point, Max! I LOVE the name Brielle! Can you help me convince my husband to name our next daughter that? Thanks. K bye. :)