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More word confusion

February 10, 2015

Today’s One Big Happy:

Ruthie confuses decaffeinated and decapitated, which I would have thought was an unlikely glitch, since both are relatively rare words (though phonologically very similar) — but maybe with decapitations in the news recently, the second word was more salient for her (how much current news do 6-year-olds get?).

And then she creates a portmanteau, decapinated, of the two words.