My eldest is watching some show about a boy band, and there was a song with a catchy tune. Gracie was half-listening while watching her little sister play a video game. All of a sudden she comes into the living room paying more attention to the song with a horrified look on her face.
“It would not be good to be tongue tied!”
“What are you talking about, honey?”
“Having your tongue tied would hurt! It would be BAD!”
I realized that she had a mental image of someone’s tongue being tied in knots or something similar. Maybe it was tied like a bow on a shoe. Still, I had trouble hiding the slight smile on my face because she had misinterpreted the phrase but mainly because I was imagining what I knew she was imagining. Then suddenly we were both giggling. After a few minutes she was puttering in the kitchen making a snack and I could hear her giggling.
When she came back into the living room I explained what being tongue tied meant according to the song.
“So honey, when someone says they’re ‘tongue tied’ it’s a saying.”
“Yes. It means that they’re having trouble saying what they really want to say. Like in the song the boy wanted to tell the girl that he really likes her a lot and maybe loves her but she makes him nervous so when the words come out of this mouth they come out jumbled and garbled. Tongue tied.”
When I showed her the photo I’m using for this entry she smirked.