"No, Mom. That's the definition of 'dude'. What I need to know is the definition of the other 'tale', the homonym for t-a-i-l."
Pen poised in unconscious imitation and mouth dropped open in exasperation, I think, "Good lord, the child corrects my simplicity, knows the actual meaning of 'dude' and grasps the concept of homonyms, yet doesn't know the definition of tale?!"
I am about to impatiently spew these thoughts, (as we are want to do at my kitchen table) and the little bugger beats me to the punch.
"Mom, I just need to paraphrase the deeper concept of the 'story' with a beginning, middle and end so that my teacher understands it better. She's been having a terrible time getting it across to the rest of the class."