Small Talk


June 18th, 2012

One day I came home from work and told Olivia I had a little gift for her. "Tengo un regalito para ti!" I said.

It's been five years and Claus and I have picked up each other's language by dint of repetition. I can understand most of the Danish commands he gives her (so if lost in Denmark, I can request a diaper or milk), and likewise for Claus with my rudimentary Spanish (he can avoid a time out or ask for ice cream). I know some words, and what I can give her, I'd like to give her.

He must know what "tengo" means. He was thinking about "regalito."

"Is that a cookie?" he guessed.

Actually, the gift was a cookie, so at first I was thrown off. Then I realized he was trying to learn Spanish.

"It's a gift," I said. "Actually, it's regalo. You add -ito or -ita as a diminutive form to indicate smallness or affection. Like, Carlo becomes Carlito."

I continued in the theme. "While we're talking about endings, adding -ote or -ota indicates contempt or large size."

He thought about this for a while.

Hawaii State Representative Ken Ito

Hawaii State Representative Ken Ito

"I'm sure this is not what Ken Ito had in mind for his name," he said dryly.


Zing! Ridiculous husband.

3 Responses to “Ito”

  1. NEO:

    bahahahaha... that was hillarious... believe me, as a resident of Kaneohe, Ken Ito has definitely not been "small" in terms of his contribution to our community.

  2. galekaminari:

    Claus cracks me up every time! Thanks!

  3. DIO:

    LOL, too funny.

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