Put the ketchup on ’em
My grandson loves to play “ketchup” when we’re in the car. This game started as a game of “catch up” in which we would attempt to catch up to or pass the car in front of us (safely of course). Soon it
devolved evolved into “let’s put the ketchup on ’em gramma.”
I tried to explain what a play on words is and that we were playing “catch up”, but he didn’t get it. He is only 4 after all. So in his mind, ketchup is interchangeable with other foods.
Last time he came, he said, “let’s put the applesauce on ’em gramma!”
When I took him home, he decided we were out of “ketchup” and we “put the mustard on ’em”.
Grandma thinks it’s great, because playing with words is one of her favorite things. She often teases the kids using word play that they don’t understand. Sometimes she teases adults, but it’s not as much fun. It’s only fun with adults if they don’t catch on. It’s amazing how many mix ups can occur because of word mix ups. It reminds me of Ellen’s segment, called “Clumsy Thumbsy,” where she shows how the automatic text corrector on people’s phones goes horribly wrong as they text.
One text went from mortgage payment to MOTTS Applesauce. This left a person asking for a loan to pay for his Motts Applesauce payment. Unfortunately, most of these turn out as things I can’t share on my blog, but it’s amazing how word mix ups can create humor (and other things in our lives).
This is also a good reason to carefully edit our work. We can say something else entirely with just a few mixed up letters. I have to watch auto-correct on my iPad closely!
Do you have funny stories of words gone wrong? Do you like t play with words in a punny way? (word intended) Do you laugh or get upset when words go wrong in your life? Have you ever ‘put the mustard on someone’? How much do you pay for your MOTTS applesauce? We’d love to hear your stories. 🙂
- Wednesday Word Play: Palindromes (writingwithbothsidesofmybrain.wordpress.com)
- More Word Play: Euphemisms (writingwithbothsidesofmybrain.wordpress.com)
- Summertime Ketchup…er…catch up (mattdantodd.com)