Tonight at dinner I said something about bread, and SillyBilly made a joke about cows being bred (can’t remember what exactly — must keep my Moleskine notebook at hand!). I told him that was a synonym, and explained that means two different words that mean the same, or almost the same, thing.
We have talked about antonyms before: hot/cold, dry/wet, in/out. And homonyms: sale/sail, meet/meat, pale/pail. But synonyms were new.
Then Napoleona pipes up: “Like plate/dish!”
Napoleona is 3 years old, and she can spontaneously think of a synonym.
Then SillyBilly said, “Mama, I want to do copy editing just like you do!”
We are in serious trouble.