Monday, May 25, 2009

Stars and sequins

My six-year-old daughter is really interested in astronomy and knows that a star begins to shine when it enters the main sequence stage. Today she confessed to me that she thought the name was "main sequins", which would explain the shininess.

I followed it with a quick explanation of the Latin word sequor, "follow", and how the word "sequence" comes from this, as well as the expression "non sequitur" (which my husband uses to describe her conversation much of the time). I don't know how much she followed---no pun intended---but hey, that's life when you're the child of a language lover.

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