The aPEARance of Certainty

I accepted a bet from my son for “Dibs on the First Ripe Pear From Aldi,” depending which of us was correct on our pronunciation of plebeian. He Googled it on his phone and then roared his protest. But I knew I was right, because once, long ago, my mother laughed at me for mispronouncing it, and so I looked it up and found, unexpectedly, that I was right and she was wrong.

I never told her so.

Till now.

Hi, mom.

Growing up, I never saw you laugh so hard as you laughed when I said words wrong. But no hard feelings: the first pear was delicious.

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Mom Coblentz
1 year ago


What mom laughs at her kids’ mispronunciations? You must be thinking of another mother.

1 year ago
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Joanna Yoder
1 year ago

Your post, your son’s roars, and your mom’s response has given me so many chuckles. Thank you!

Also, I discovered that I’ve always mispronounced plebeian. Not that I’ve ever actually SAID it, to be honest. But I’ve mispronounced it when I READ it.

Wendy W.
1 year ago

Oh no, now I have to check out that pronunciation. Because the dictionary settles a lot of arguments around here.

1 year ago

Thank you for driving me to the dictionary to correct my ignorance! =D You would have won that pear from me too.

1 year ago

I’m going to have to Google or Alexa this word. Yum! Pears!????

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