amemome is not a real word

So I’m a preschool teacher sometimes. One day, I hear an argument about whether it’s pronounced ‘amenome’ or ’emomeny’, and I step in to mediate, because that’s a legitimate question.

I say, “Actually friends, it’s an anemone.”

One of the girls looks away. The other stares coldly into my eyes and says, “That hurts my feelings.”

One day she may produce beautiful art.