The night before her Friday spelling tests, Ainsley always comes home with a little flip book for all the spelling words. To help with phonics (there's a long-lost educational concept) and reading, each week's spelling words share a common ending consonant or the same internal vowel sound or both.
This week were the "ut" words--cut, but, nut, etc.
She walked up to me yesterday afternoon with her little flip book and showed me the very last word: "shut."
"Um, mommy," she began. This is her new favorite way to start every sentence. "I know a cuss word you can make from this word."
I would ask her how she knows this, but I have a feeling I already know.