Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Word Of The Week

B. A.-BA

This is a weird one. Again, while watching TV, this phrase went by and I said, "Huh? What the heck is le B. A.-BA?" It's pronounced bay-ah-bah.

Ken of course knew, but I could swear I'd never heard it before. Like all things language, I had probably heard it all the time and just let it go by, focusing on the larger picture of what was being said.

Then, while watching the news yesterday, a reporter used the expression. "Aha!" said I. Now I know.

Le B. A.-BA is what we'd call the basics or basic knowledge. Like the ABCs of, er, mathematics, if you know what I mean. The fundamentals, the base. Just don't ask me to use it in a sentence yet.

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