Old Wives' Tales
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Legend: A youngster embarrassingly confuses sanitary pads with dinner napkins.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]
Origins: This particular rendition of a time-honored anecdote has been part of online lore since at least 1998, but the story itself had been used by at least one comedian for a decade prior to that. As early
Yes, kids do indeed say and do the darndest things, and everyone's mother has odd items secreted in the bathroom that she'd rather not explain. (Mine had an array of awe-inspiring contraptions, including one that later proved to be a leg-waxing implement. I regarded it all as inexplicable adult stuff, and never asked questions lest I justly be accused of snooping, a crime, in my family at least, judged to be right up there with murder and the violent overthrow of properly-constituted governments.) And surely some kid somewhere has misinterpreted "feminine napkins" to mean "dinner napkins" with hiliarious consequent results. But it's still just a story, one meant to both make us laugh and to remind us that children are surprisingly literal and thus should not be given euphemistic explanations in place of straight talk lest those "explanations" come back to adorn the dinner table.
Barbara "wherever does one place the napkin ring, though?" Mikkelson
Last updated: 19 March 2005
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