There is a song right now that’s quite popular and pretty catchy. It’s called Uptown Funk, it’s by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. One of the lyrics that gets repeated a bit is “uptown funk you up.” If you aren’t familiar with the song you can watch it below:
There is also an old children’s song/rhyme called Where is Thumpkin. If you aren’t familiar with it you can watch a few seconds and you’ll be up to speed:
Now, my kids know the thumbkin rhyme because we’ve sung it with them before and it’s a fairly well known children’s nursery rhyme. Somewhere along the line, we even started referring to our thumbs as thumbkins on a permanent basis around here. It’s common place to hear “get your thumbkin out of your mouth” in our home.
I don’t know where my kids heard Uptown Funk from, but somewhere along the way they have heard it and they enjoy singing it. The other day while shopping they were belting it out and not really pronouncing the “n” in funk. I saw a few heads turn and I loudly corrected them “it’s fuNNNNk” making sure to over emphasize the n.
When we got home they were still singing it sporadically. I looked at my 5 year old and I could tell he was thinking deep about something. He calls out for the other two to stop singing, he has something to tell them. “Hey guys, I think we’re saying it wrong. The song goes like this: ‘Up, down, Thumpkins up. Up, down Thumpkins up!'”
They all decided that had to be right and ran around giving me the thumbs up. I just had to laugh and I didn’t dare correct them. That sounds much less embarrassing being sung in public.
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