Friday, March 14, 2014

moment in the madness #1: Illinois has no S

We are currently sitting in Illinois while I prep for a homeschool conference I'm speaking at tomorrow.

Illinois means "many tolls to be paid" in Ancient Gibberish

Having never been to this state,  there was of course some oohing and aahing by the hmmmschoolers at the prospect of a new, uncharted land. I had to announce when we crossed over the border into Illinois, which my oldest kept pronouncing as Ill-I-Noise.

I explained to my Almost Eleven Year Old Hmmmschooler that you don't pronounce the "s" on the end of Illinois.

He said that was fine, and decided that as long as we are all in Illinois, we should take out the "s" of most words, including his brother's name (which starts with an S).

When you take the "s" out of your words, for some reason everything then gets said with a British accent. (At least that's how it works in our hotel room.) No one has been able to explain to me why the S holds us in a midwestern speech pattern.

I will be using "s" in my presentations tomorrow. Don't tell my oldest son. :)

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  1. I love it!! And i love the idea of "Moments in Madness". Can't wait to see more! Enjoy the conference, and good luck on your presentation. You're in my prayers!

  2. Amy, I really enjoyed your presentations at the conference!! I'm also super interested in life in Minnesota as we homeschool our kids in downtown Chicago. Thanks for blogging!!

    1. Thanks, Julie! We had such a great time in Illinois and it was so refreshing to meet such an awesome homeschool community! :)


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