The other day I was using the Voice to Text feature on my cell phone. You speak out your text message and the phone types it out. I do this sometimes because the keyboard annoys me. Anyway, if you say "period" "question mark" "comma" or whatever it'll actually put your punctuation in for you. It's pretty cool really.
I was leaving a text message for a friend and Maddie overheard me. It took her awhile to think about it I guess because a few minutes later she asked me what "peer-NE-ad" meant. I was completely and utterly confused. I asked her where she heard the word. She told me I said it. I asked her when. (Enough time had passed that my mind was completely off my text message and on to other things.) She told me, "You said it to your phone!" I thought about it and I repeated what I had said in the text message. When I was finished Maddie said, "Yes, you said that then you said peer-NE-ad! What does peer-NE-ad MEAN????"
It finally dawned on me that she was saying period! I was so excited to have figured that out. Then I had to figure out HOW do you explain to a three year old what punctuation is? We got out a book and talked about it until she was satisfied. Who knows what she took away from our discussion... but it was cute!
I love how my girls will ask me what a word is that they don't know. We talk about vocabulary all the time. I love hearing words like initiative and responsibility stumble out of their little mouths!