Big Word Points

Merry and her friends have a game in which, whenever somebody uses a ten-dollar word (“your dad’s sermon was downright soporific”), they are awarded “Big Word Points.” Thus transpired the following conversation:

ME (discussing some outrageous behavior the specifics of which I no longer remember): …and that’s a very good way [darkens voice melodramatically] to arouse my ire.

MERRY: Oooo, Dad, Big Word Point! [double-takes as it registers on her that “ire” has only three letters] I mean…um…[dissolves into laughter]

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