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Overheard: “-ish.”

July 12th, 2011 Posted in Family, the writing process

It’s how Maggie, my 10-year-old daughter,¬†answers certain types of questions these days.

For example, “Maggie, are you feeling better now that you’ve rested?”

“-ish,” she answers. As in, better-ish. Kind of, sort of, a little, not really.

Or perhaps it’s spelled “Ish.” Hard to tell, though I prefer the hyphenated, lower case version. The questions that elicit this response tend to be qualitative in nature. But the range seems to be widening, with “-ish” covering more ground. Not dissimilar to, say, meh.

“How do you like that coffee ice cream?”

“-ish,” she’ll reply from the back seat, licking away without any great enthusiasm, waffling on the waffle cone.

No character in my books has used “-ish” in dialogue. But I suspect that’s going to change.

  1. 3 Responses to “Overheard: “-ish.””

  2. By Liz S on Jul 12, 2011

    I get this at home, too. I like it. I have to work hard to keep from asking what he REALLY means, but I’m catching on.

  3. By Michelle Discenza on Jul 25, 2011

    My daughter says ish too!! She is 11. :)

  4. By maggie preller on Mar 10, 2012

    Ewwww!!!!!! I hate coffee ice-cream!!!!!!!!

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