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Words With More Than One Syllable

A first grade teacher is starting a new lesson on multi-syllable words. She thinks it would be a good idea to ask a few of the children examples of words with more than one syllable.

"Jane, do you know any multi-syllable words?" she asks.

After some thought Jane proudly replies with ‘Monday.’

"You are correct, Jane, ‘Monday’ does have two syllables."

Continuing, she then asks, "Does anyone know another word with more than one syllable?"

"I do! I do!" replies Johnny.

Knowing Johnny’s more mature sense of humor she picks Mike instead.

"OK Mike, what is your word?"

"Saturday," says Mike.

"Yes! That has three syllables, Mike, great job," she replies.

Not wanting to be outdone, Johnny says, "I know a four syllable word. Pick me! Pick me!"

Not thinking he can do any harm with a word that large, the teacher reluctantly asks, "OK, Johnny what is your four syllable word?"

Johnny proudly says, "Mas-tur-ba-tion."

The teacher, shocked and trying to retain her composure, says, "Wow, Johnny. Four syllables! That’s is certainly a mouthful."

"No Ma’am, your thinking of ‘blowjob’, and that’s only two syllables."
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Published: 12/13/2001
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