*Names and identifying details have been altered to protect the innocent people who could sue me.

March 27, 2012

Yet another reason English teachers are not meant to be walking dictionaries.

"Ms Gettlin, will you edit the rough draft of my essay?"
Sure. Um, Drew, can you read this sentence for me?
"He learns that exorcists are impotent."
Is that what you meant to say?
"Yeah." (pause) "No."
How about exercise, instead of exorcists?
"Yeah, yeah, that's it."
Do you know what exorcists are?
"Yeah." (pause) "So, what does impotent mean?"
If you don't know, I'm not telling you.
It's the kind of thing you learn about in health class.
"Oh." (pause) "Ohhhhh." (pause) "Hehehe."

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