I don’t even know why this got me so riled up, or what even made John and I talk about it the other day. However, it annoys the crap out of me when people can’t use simple words like the correct flavour for something.
In case you hadn’t realised, purple is NOT a flavour. Purple is a colour. The flavour of a Fruit Shoot with a purple bottle is not purple flavoured, it’s blackcurrant (and maybe apple, I don’t know).
This annoyance is something that comes from working in a soft play center for a few years. Children would come up to the counter with their parents who asked which flavoured drink they would like. The response would 90% of the time be a colour, rather than a flavour. Orange is obviously the exception but I’m sure the child was asking according to colour rather than flavour.
Now, I’m new to parenting but is it the done thing to not teach your child simple things like flavours? Is apple so much harder to say than green? Urgh. I just don’t get it. Purple may have been a bad choice for this post because blackcurrant is clearly harder to say than purple. You get my point though!
Maybe it really is a proper development kind of thing and this is the order in which children learn. If it is then I might feel a bit silly after this post goes live but it won’t stop the fact that it drives me absolutely crazy!
When I aired my opinion to John, he said he hadn’t ever heard of anyone doing this. I do think my job has made me pay attention to some things more than the average parent. I also think I see/ hear things a lot more in any one day than most parents because it’s over and over again!
This is something I really hope Erin doesn’t pick up. It’s certainly something I’ll be watching out for.