Saturday, September 02, 2006
I just bought an educational toy for the kids yesterday. I'm teaching Eva to read, so I've been looking for resources to help us along. Anyway, this toy actually sticks to the fridge by magnet, and has a bunch of magnetic letters that can be placed into it to make 3 letter words. It actually teaches the child to sound out the word and then pronounces the word if it is a real word. It really does help. Then I read in the instructions that it would not pronounce offensive words, which I hadn't even thought of up until that point. So of course, I became intrigued and started putting different letters in to see what would be considered 'offensive'. Can anyone guess where this is going? The word 'GAY' was pronounced (and that's fine since it is technically a word with an inoffensive meaning) and the word 'GOD' is apparently too offensive to be spoken out loud in the presence of children. Go figure.