New parenting mistake #56: Digging a semantic hole.
I’m singing a classic children’s song, and get a little carried away.
Me: “There was an old lady who swallowed a . . um, duck!”
Me: “Um, what terrible . . . luck, to swallow a duck.”
Wife: (looks expectant and miffed, if that’s possible)
Me: “(hem) I guess it’ll . . . cluck. [boy, that’s lame, sorry]. She swallowed the duck to catch the…”