My 3.5 year old brought up a very valid point regarding the English language.
It makes no sense.
Case in point.
The Tackler pointed at Lil’ Diva. “Baby sister is the littlest.” Then at himself. “I’m the mediest. Then at me. “You’re the tallest.”
I took a moment to be thankful he didn’t say “biggest.”
“You have the ranking correct, but mediest isn’t a word. It’s medium.”
The Tackler shook his head vehemently. “No! She’s the smallest. I’m the mediest. Mommy is the tallest.”
“You’re right sweetie, but mediest really isn’t a word. The word you want to say is medium.”
“No, just mee-dee-um.”
“Baby sister is the smallest. I am meedeeum? And Mommy is the tallest.”
And as those words came out of my mouth, I realized how to him, this conversation had to make about as much sense as saying, “You should always drink milk, but not on Thursdays. Because hundreds of years ago, someone decided that was the rule and we don’t want to mess with what we were taught, so no one has changed the rule yet.”
I can just imagine his response to that.
“That’s dumb, Mommy. Smallest. Mediumest. Tallest.”
It makes you wonder why there isn’t a mediumest.
Because if a 3.5 year old can find the logic in it, what exactly were they smoking back then to decide against it?
Did they think, “Nah man. Medium totally can’t use the “est.” That would make actual sense. We have to keep things interesting. I’ve been thinking about the word “gooses” too.. What if we made the plural “geese.” That would totally mess with their heads….”