Homonym: In linguistics, a homonym is, in the strict sense, one of a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings.
Staley and I stopped into CVS this morning so that I could pick up a prescription. In the Christmas aisle, there was a Nutcracker Ballet musical scene. I let Staley push the button and watch the ladies in tutus spin around in circles while a short portion of the Nutcracker music played. She was intrigued. We watched it twice on the way into the store, Staley told the pharmacist all about it as she was ringing up my prescription, and then we watched it again on our way out of the store.
As we were driving home from CVS, Staley started giggling in the back seat and saying "two crackers, two crackers." I thought she had found some left-over snacks hidden in her carseat. Then she said, "Cracker is a horse. Cracker is dancing ladies." Staley had discovered that cracker can have several meanings. Cracker IS the horse owned by our friend, Libby, and ridden by Zach's cousin, Emma. And the Nutcracker is, in essence, dancing ladies. (Or, according to Zach, the Nutcracker is two hours of his life that he'll never get back.) Either way, Staley had her first lesson in homonyms. I'm just surprised that she forgot about meaning number 3: her favorite snack food.