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|What is a Brat? (standard:humor, 333 words)|
|Author: Pitter Pat||Added: Jan 04 2003||Views/Reads: 2539/1||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Is there an age limit to being a brat? Is a brat a certain color or creed? Am I a brat?|
“Why have I always been labeled a brat?” asked 93-year-old Julia when the nurse called her a brat in the doctor's office for refusing to stick a thermometer under her tongue. “An interesting question,” I thought as I overheard their conversation. I've been called a brat lately, come to think of it; I've been called a brat all my life... Hmmm... Maybe I should check this out. First I called upon Mr. Webster to see what he said a brat is. His reply, “A child; an annoying child.” That didn't quite fit the 93-year-old lady. Annoying perhaps, but definitely not a child. The Merriam-Webster On-line dictionary told me a brat is a noun. It came from an English word used around 1505 for a course garment. Ok, the noun part works, but not the coarse garment. Reading on, it said a brat is an ill-mannered annoying child or an ill-mannered immature person. That sweet 93-year-old lady didn't seem ill mannered or immature to me, but perhaps she did to the nurse. “Am I ill-mannered or immature?” I asked myself. My momma taught me all about manners, did I missed something? Am I immature? Maybe sometimes, but who wants to act mature all the time. It's no fun! Ok, time to search on. Using the Thesaurus I found there was no other word like it. The only suggestion was to check in an encyclopedia. The encyclopedia link told of Military Brats, Scribble Brats, and had a link to www.Brat.org, a political magazine. Using the “google” search engine I found 848 sites listed with brat in their title and an option to view a list of more sights they felt were a repeat of listed sites. There are 85 pages of sites with brat in their title! “At least if I'm a brat, I have plenty of company.” I said with a smile. Ok, I'll admit it; I'm being a brat again and enjoying every minute of it. Anyone want to join a brat's club? Tweet
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