an accidental contruction?

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 22 00:03:43 UTC 2011

It's also wrong, so mishearing might have been by the person who gave him
this new information. Somewhere along the line someone was playing the
"broken phone" game...


On Sat, May 21, 2011 at 1:45 PM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at> wrote:

> My 8-year-old grandson shared with me some newly-acquired information of
> his:  "Charlie, did you know that before you were born, you were just a
> single monocule?"
> Is it possible that he, even subconsciously, echoed the concept 'single' in
> the (seeming) prefix "mono-"?  I doubt it.  I suspect it's just a happy
> mistake--a mishearing or mispronunciation.
> (A word "monocule" does exist, though I was never what the word
> designates.)
> --Charlie

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