I went over my daughter’s weekly spelling words with her to be sure she knew their meanings. Most were easy, but some, like ascertain, required an explanation. Others I pointed to and asked, “Do you know what this word means?”
“And this one?”
“Let me tell you what this one means.”
“I know what cleanliness means!” she said.
“Based on the state of your room, I don’t think you do,” I countered.