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Teaching will do that to one

Children often try to find the patterns and rules in the world.  When something doesn’t fit with the pattern they’re learning, they ask me about it.  Maybe because of that,  I find myself thinking these sorts of things: How come disappointed isn’t the opposite of appointed?  Why don’t we say sitted? If we do that, shouldn’t we say fat instead of fitted?

Then at the grocery store today: how can there be a “white russet” potato?  Why aren’t the red potatoes called russet potatoes?

I don’t let these things keep my up at night, though.  Mostly because I’m already awake at night, with the lyrics to history songs running through my mind.  “In 1620 the pilgrims. . .”

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