Dyslexic tales

Boxing day and big brown bears

It is strange when you realise just how young you were when you started to expand your vocabulary. Twas Boxing day yesterday and my sister and her tiny son (less than a year old) were round for Christmas leftovers. Well after eating she was playing with Bill and suddenly he takes off for the kitchen, kids can move extremely fast, and she says to her partner:

“There he goes lolloping off to the kitchen.”

“Huh?” he says.

And from the kitchen I grab Bill and walk in and in unison we say:

“The big brown bear went lolloping over the mountain!”

“Huh?” he says.

“You don’t know it?” I exclaim.


“Well,” my sister says, “it’s in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the big brown bear lollops over the mountain.”

He still looks blank and then I realise that we have known the word ‘lolloping’ for years… in my case it must be 30! As a child I learnt that brown bears could move by lolloping… and that got me thinking. As a dyslexic I’m not well read so where have I picked up all the vocabulary I use? The answer is everywhere. I’m a sponge and have absorbed it from all sorts of places; from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to conversations and audio books.

To lollop – to move with a bobbing motion.

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