This is a dialogue I had with my son this afternoon:
Me: Why is this backpack in the middle of the floor?
Him: (Unconcerned) I was wearing it earlier.
Me: Graham, do I want this lying here in the middle of the floor? Do I?
Me: How about answering me?
Him: (shrugging) I thought it was a rhetorical question.
Now I must mention that my son is eight, and I had no idea he knew the word "rhetorical." :)
Language acquisition is something we've long wondered about; both of our boys were early talkers and mimicked all sorts of words they heard in conversation. I suppose this helped them to start building vocabulary way back when.
We only hope that they can parlay their language skills into enjoyable and lucrative careers that will pay for Jeff's and my stay in the mental hospital.