Vocabulary Word for the Morning: Prosthetic

15 May

JediBoy came downstairs this morning while I was still looking over my Google Reader, at the moment that I was reading this morning’s Mental Floss post on animal prosthetics. He asked about the dolphin with the rubber tail in the first picture:

and I wound up reading the whole article to him. He was fascinated and thought some of the moments were funny – like when George the African Grey ate his prosthetic leg. We had a nice little discussion about several of the elements of the story – the word prosthetic, why a dolphin can’t swim without a tail, what titanium is, and so on. Okay, so I glossed over the blurb about “Neuticles” at the bottom of the story! I just didn’t want to go there.

As I was getting breakfast ready, JediBoy branched out from his usual artwork (Pokemon and Star Wars characters) to create these two charming animals:

May 15 Elephant drawing
an elephant – with a bag filled with wood shavings to extend one leg

May 15 Dolphin drawing
a happy dolphin in a tank

Then one of those too-cute-not-to-tell-but-don’t-tell-him-I-told-you moments came…

JediBoy said to me with pride and excitement, “Do you see? Do you see his pathetic tail?”

May 15 Artist

May 15 Peek

Hope you have a happy morning in your house too!

4 Responses to “Vocabulary Word for the Morning: Prosthetic”

  1. ~L May 15, 2008 at 10:31 am #

    That is one of the best verbal slips I’ve heard in a while…thanks for posting.

    I’ll now get off my pathetic tail and do something productive.

  2. applestars May 15, 2008 at 12:02 pm #

    Too cute! And what a wonderful natural learning moment :-) And, I, too, noticed that my right-brained creative learners tended to process their new information through their creative outlet choice. Drawing in this case! Cool!


  3. PisecoSis May 16, 2008 at 8:15 pm #

    That’s even better than my friend Jason’s mishearing. I am going to a CROQUET tournament tomorrow. CROQUET. Not “crochet tournament,” although I have to admit that would be really funny.


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