My 8-year-old son Orlando thought I was so cool when I showed him the joys of calculator spelling – silly things I hadn’t thought about since high school.
Of course I showed him safe words like HELLO 07734 – even though the first words that came to mind were BOOBS and BOOBLESS! Did you know kids in other countries also loved making up “naughty” words in their own languages on calculators? More on that later.
Orlando was hooked and came up to me yesterday proudly showing me all the new words “he discovered” and “made up”. Words like EGG and GLEE and expressions like LOL. So sweet!
And of course HOBO and HOBOS – kids his age seem obsessed with HOBOs!
In previous posts I wrote about the wonderful world of calculator spelling and its cultural significance.
Next step is to use the “hook” of the fun of calculator spelling to hep teach my son words from foreign languages.
My son loves to learn by using his hands – especially shuffling around Scrabble letters (I am soooo grateful to Scrabble!)
I give him the basic calculator spelling alphabet he can make words from.
My son loves learning Italian – so our next learning experience will be making Italian words like BELLO and SI
Now this next bit of the post is for YOU – I won’t be telling my son – but “naughty” boys and girls in foreign countries make up “cheeky” words the way English speaking kids would make up calculator spelling words like BOOBIES.
Some fascinating “naughty” words from foreign languages include:
In Portuguese the equivalent of BOOBS is 50135 – SEIOS – means ‘breasts’
In Spanish – 50538 is kisses – BESOS
And an amazing fact (according to that font of knowledge, Wikipedia):
In Germany, das ist verboten (or at least frowned upon!) to write on a calculator: 7134.9315
(The decimal point separates the two words)
If you try it yourself (but don’t do it if you are in Germany!) and you’’’ see why!