This morning, after I'd asked him for the third time to take care of his "stuff" that was in the family room, Justone informed me that one if his teachers does not allow the children in her classroom to use the words "stuff" or "thing". (Apparently, precision in language is extremely important to her.) Aloud, I responded with a thoughtful, "Hmmmm," to this information, but inwardly, I had to wonder:
"What kind of lengthy word lists would I have to verbalize if I needed to eliminate the words "stuff" and "things" from my vocabulary?
"Bionic Man, when you come home tonight, we need to talk about
"Superkid, I'm about to vacuum in here. Will you please pick up Hunter's
"Justone, what is this
Obviously, less is more. All mothers in favor of keeping the words "stuff" and "thing" in their vocabulary, cast your vote now. And then we can all go do some stuff about another thing.