Me: (An hour after her bedtime and she’s still not asleep) Lucy, I love you and I’m proud of you. Now go to sleep before I strangle you.
Lucy: What does “strangle” mean?
Me: …it means choke, but I was just kidding.
Lucy: You were going to choke me!?
Me: No, I was just kidding, I wouldn’t choke you.
Lucy: Well why would you say that!?!?
Me: I was just being silly!
Lucy: Well, that’s not a very silly thing to say.
Me: Yeah, you’re right, it’s not. I won’t say it again.
Lucy: How about next time you try, “Go to sleep or I’ll jump on your bed”?
Me: Yes, that would be much sillier, wouldn’t it.