JEN: To keep out their enemies.
JULIAN: Like the Mongol hordes?
JEN: hahaha! Yes, that's exactly right.
Mongol hordes just makes me laugh. This is from a tongue twister from Calvin and Hobbes. Julian has taken an interest in them lately. He's actually really good at saying them. For example:
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?He says this more like,
"How much wood if a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck woodchuck chuck wood."
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.He says that one pretty perfectly.
The one from Calvin and Hobbes goes as follows:
How many boards would the Mongols hoard if the Mongol hordes got bored?One day several weeks ago-- I can't remember why we were doing this--we spent a substantial amount of time trying to write our own. It proved to be quite the challenge.
Timeout--Hahahaha! Sean just walked in and I asked him, "Sean, what was that tongue twister you came up with?"
Sean lit up and said excitedly, "Ah! Yes. I've been wanting to read this for a while. I thought about it the other day and couldn't remember." And he actually brought out his phone--
Jen: hahaha! You wrote it down on your phone??
Sean: Yes. I didn't want to forget it.
I don't know why but it just made me bust. ANYWAY... it was tricky. Here's one Sean came up with:
Only a bear knows what a bear's nose can bear.
Here's another one we thought of:
Two can can-can if a Toucan can.
To make it extra tricky, I suggested using "can-can" again, like this:
Two can can-can if a Toucan can can-can.
But Sean rejected that. They're not really tongue twisters I guess. What would you call them?
Lastly, here's a pic of Julian in the car a few days ago, crying because he couldn't remember the "mongol horde" one. I love this family of mine.