Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Hanging my head in shame

I almost don't want to admit this, but I can't not admit it. It's a sad, sad, sad day when your child's second grade homework throws you for a loop. One of her "challenge words" was one I didn't know. Nope. Never heard of it. Jeff joked that I could fill a library with all the things I don't know........which is kind of funny. But kind of not. Especially in the wake of this. I mean, a second grade word? I'm totally dejected.

Spelunker. n. One who explores caves chiefly as a hobby. Please tell me I'm not the only one that didn't know what this was?

34 comments:

seangates said...
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seangates said...

That's why they call it a "challenge word"!

You know, I did figure out a while back that there is so much I don't know I really will need eternity to learn it all. And to think (deep thought coming), what about all the lives, experiences, and memories EVERYONE is having in this life? Talk about a lot of information! I can only keep track of what I'm doing and remembering!

Casey's trio said...

You just wait sister....I will need a tutor so that I can help my girls do their math homework when they get in 5th/6th grade.
I had a vague idea what a spelunker was, but I would have had to look it up to be sure!!! You are not alone:)

Are You Serious! said...

♥ I actually know that word! But only because where I grew up it was all over our area! We had a ton of under ground caves and stuff! ;)

Good & Crazy said...

You shouldn't have given the definition. We all could have guessed...

But sorry, I knew this one.

Oh, and my 7yrold first grader won her spelling bee on the word: suffice---I had to spell check it even now!

Laurie said...

You are not alone. I have never heard of the word!

Melissa said...

Nope I don't know it, but I find that there's much I don't know because of this country and things said, and done here.

Colleen said...

The only reason I knew that word is because we went "Spelunking" for a YW's activity once and got attacked by some bats. I have to admit, I can't believe what are kids are learning now. Some of the stuff I see Aspen bring home, I didn't learn until highschool and she is in 5th grade.

Melissa said...

I live with a dork...oh yeah, I knew what that was. Don't feel bad sometimes trying to figure out Hope's kindy homework stumps me.

Kristin said...

Sorry, I knew it too. We have lots of caves in UT, and spelunking is a favorite in college...I didn't know how to spell it though!

Kelly said...

I will need a tutor to help with anything beyond basic math and even then at times it is sketchy...

Don Mills Diva said...

Ok I did know this word. But only because I have done a little rock climbing. I just know that grade ONE math is going to kick my butt.

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

I knew this one, but only because I saw a movie where the guy in it was a spelunker.

Shannon said...

I am no help to Jack these days. Spelling is OK but math is completely different than what we learned. Really makes a mom feel dumb when she can't explain long division to her 10 year old!

Laura said...

I did know that word but I can promise you that you know a 100 words I do not know. It's all about your experiences and I have actually been spelunking so it gives it away!

Philigry said...

okay, i have to tell you, i have no idea what the heck this word means. that is coming from an english major! no clue.
i am afraid to help my kids with their homework when the day comes. thank god my husband is good at math!

Connie said...

I knew it, but get stumped all the time by things like "What is a Verb?" So I have a weird brain that can remember a phone number I haven't called in 30 years, but not what a VERB is????

Crazy Daisy said...

Spelunker? Seriously? I would have had no idea!

Jeremiah R. Jones said...

i knew it, but i have an unfair advantage. Tamara will tell you that i read the dictionary for "fun."

nerd n. an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit: Jeremiah is such a nerd for reading the dictionary for fun. Etymology - 1951, U.S. student slang, probably an alteration of 1940s slang nert "stupid or crazy person," itself an alteration of nut. The word turns up in a Dr. Seuss book from 1950 ("If I Ran the Zoo"), which may have contributed to its rise. Adjective nerdy is from 1978, roughly the same time that Jeremiah started to read the dictionary.


... for fun.

Heather said...

I would have totally made something up. Completely lied.

The Pruetz Family said...

I knew it! I knew that word! But put another one out there -- I'm sure I won't be as lucky. Certainly this was an isolated incident. :)

Cecily R said...

I knew the word but couldn't have spelled it if you paid me. Isaac's homework throws me all the time. I am terrified for junior high!

Clark Captions said...

Soo sorry Ang! This is actually a pretty popular word from where I am from....don't worry though....I struggle half the time with Aspen's homework....I would never make it on the Are you smarter than a 5th grader show.....

Melissa said...

Would not have known the word myself. ; )
When my daugter had to give a power point presentation in 6th grade- I finally admitted that there would be things we would learn together ; )

Genny said...

It's happened to me, too! You're not the only one.
Smiles,
genny

Gunnisac Sandersons said...

Hey Angie, Sorry I did know that word, We love cave exploring in this family. If it was her math, I would never beable to help. I can't believe the math that they learn I think I'm in trouble.

Churchill said...

My college boyfriend actually got into spelunking for a while... I kid you not.

However, all of the words and other things I have forgotten over the years could easily fill a library. I think I get dumber every year I am alive.

andrea j said...

I had never heard it before, that's what the internet is for right?

Bonnie said...

Okay I can't type but I do know what a spelunker is. We all have our strong points.

Laurie said...

I am right there with you looking at the floor. Never heard of it. I am amazed by what our kids are doing in school at such younger ages than I was. Brooke is doing addition and subtraction in Kindergarten! I shake in my boots to think of the questions we'll be getting by 6th grade:)

Crazymamaof6 said...

i know the word, i've used the word properly in a sentence, BUT i have NEVER SEEN IT WRITTEN OUT. i was worried there for a minute. so totally reasonable that you hadn't used it. i have even been spelunking-that means going in a cave to explore. it was super fun, i was in highschool and it was the day portion of the date. we even swam in the pools in the cave. a tad scary. but very cool.

Laurie M. said...

I know the word but I am very surprised that Spelunker would be on second grade homework!! My fifth graders math throws me- I have no idea what is means and usually have to Google for help.

Jojomama said...

Hahah! I am such a nerd that I actually knew this one!

Taya said...

I have heard of the word- but not until I was an adult and my hubby mentioned he had gone spelunkering as a teen. I asked him if that was even a real word?!! He was super offended! We placed a bet and I totally lost. I'm struggling with my daughter's math right now and she is only in third grade.... I'm SO busted!