Friday, June 20, 2008

What my child is learning at summer camp

Um . . . I'm not quite sure. Ebonics, maybe? I thought everyone agreed this was a bad idea that benefited no one. Apparently not everyone received the memo. Or if they did, they ignored it. 

Yesterday I dropped Sophie off her summer camp, run by enthusiastic and well-trained teenagers on the local university campus. They start each morning by assembling with their group for the week (e.g., Cubs group 5) under the appropriate sign on the tennis courts. It's a delightful scene: parents mill about greeting each other, music plays, and children often gather in the middle for a run through of the Cha Cha Slide. Then one of the counselors gets on the microphone, wishes everyone a good morning, and goes over what excellent things are in store for the day. Yesterday's counselor pointed out that Friday would be something like official Fun Day but noted that they would keep the fun and the learnation going strong throughout the present day.

Yes, you read that right: LEARNATION, meaning—I can only assume—she is going to LEARN something. So my child is going to camp to get some learnerating. If she goes back to school in the fall and calls her teacher a learnerator, I am just going to die. 


5 comments:

SBCVandy said...

Good grief that is ridiculous. I tend to be a bit of a grammar fiend (very particular). I guess I should learnerate to be more patient ;)

lisagh said...

Having studied linguistics all through college, I understand words and their roots etc. Sometimes, mistakes make sense. (for instance "I amn't going there.) But this one, I can't even figure out how that word was constructed!

Tres Poshe Preppy said...

Fo shizzle my nizzle! Word, if she starts percolatin' or shows acts of holleration, that often leads to hateration so therefore, you as her mother should definitely be scarederatin!!! ;)

Sorry, I couldn't help it! :)

Have a great weekend!

Sabina said...

learnation all week long! wahoo! i wonder if sasha will learnate the same good stuff when he goes to blue camp. one can dream.;-)

Impoverished Preppy said...

Hey - nothin' is funner than some good ol' fashioned learnation! :-)