Unnecessary Anniversary

The other day I came across an article on malapropism– Comical misuse of a word, especially by confusion with one of similar sound. Reading the origin of the word was as interesting as the examples that followed. The word is related to Mrs. Malaprop, a comic character in an 18th century British comedy: The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

And I was reminded of this incident when my elder daughter was just five+. She wanted us to take her to a restaurant for dinner. “I want to go to the same restaurant we went that day.”
“Which restaurant do you want to go?” I queried.
She gave some vague description and I was not able to make out which one. Exasperated I asked, “Which day did we go there?”
“The one we went on your unnecessary day,” she promptly replied.
I was shell shocked, “You mean on our anniversary?” “It is pronounced as anni-ver-sa-ry not unnecessary.”
“Both are same, aren’t they?” she asked.
I stood speechless, while he roared with laughter.

Every anniversary we are reminded of her innocent confusion. Today she has developed good speaking skills, and she too laughs at the malapropism, “How could I say that?!”

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2 Responses

  1. Swarna says:

    Bhaskaran will simply love this, and totally agree with your kid, and as if that were not enough will remember to tell me next August, “I keep telling you so…”!

  2. Farida R says:

    That was so cute and your account of it really enjoyable. Reminds me of several such words my daughter used and still uses now. One of those is when she says “supposed to”. She will always say “opposed to”. It leads to some really interesting statements.
    Thanks for sharing it.

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