What did I learn this week?

Define this

C is constantly asking what certain words and phrases. Sometimes it is challenging to explain definitions in a way that actually makes sense to a child of 3. Here’s the latest example…

“Mummy, what does ‘swashbuckle’ mean?”

“Hmmm…swashbuckle…er…well, a swashbuckler is someone who wears puffy shirts and carries a sword and generally does heroic acts and steals from the rich and gives to the poor.”

OK, give me a break, this is the end of the day during storytime, and I am tired. But really, how DO you explain swashbuckle? Here is the wikipedia definition:

“The word “swashbuckler”, in the modern sense, generally describes a fearless romantic archetype, a fictitious, adventurous, sword-wielding, male character who seeks to win the heart of a beautiful lady while rescuing society from the clutches of a dastardly villain. A classic swashbuckler exhibits exceptional courage and swordfighting skill, a strong sense of honor and justice, a chivalric romantic sense, and the capacity for wit, style, and resourcefulness under pressure.”

Sooooo, I’d say my lame attempt at defining swashbuckle wasn’t actually so bad!

One Response to “Define this”

  1. you did better than I would have!

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