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Slices of Life By Jill Pertler

March 5, 2014

Embracing life as an apple
There’s a buzz circulating in small-town USA, and I’m not talking about the anticipation of Justin Bieber’s upcoming birthday. I came across a new item at the grocery store. There, between the strawberries and pre-cut watermelon, sat an unassuming bag containing three fruits. At first glance, I thought they were apples because that’s what they looked like. Then I saw the label: “grapples.”

I read the word with a short “a” so it rhymed with, well, apples. The association seemed pretty obvious. Upon further inspection, I noted the label provided instructions to give the word a long “a” as in, well, grapes. You know you’ve invented a new vocabulary word when you’ve got to tell people how to pronounce it. Problem is, that was a few days ago and I’m still stuck on the short “a.” Some people never learn. You say gray-pull I say grap-pul.

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