Scene: The kitchen at la Casa de MRP. The sound of scampering as D. (age 3 1/2) rushes in:
D.: Mommy, can you show me that dangly thing in your mouth?
MRP: My uvula?
D.: Is that what yours is called?
D.: What about the dangly thing in my mouth? What is that called?
MRP: Also a uvula.
D.: Oh. [pause] Is everyone’s dangly thing in their mouth called that?
As an aside: Have you ever really looked at your uvula? Considered your uvula? Said the word uvula over and over again? Ever felt that it was about one letter away from being a totally dirty word? And looking it up in the dictionary doesn’t help. Merriam Webster defines it as “the pendent fleshy lobe in the middle of the posterior border of the soft palate.” Um, ew.
If anyone knows the function of the uvula, I’d like to know. I have a feeling that question is just around the corner.