In future, I'll just say it like it is. One kid put her hand up. 'Are you talking in Shakespeare?'
Ever get the feeling the world has moved on, leaving you far, far behind?
|Fran had always thought the girl in the front row with the screwed-up face had just had wind.|
It turned out that
she hadn't understood a word Fran had said since 2009.
I told another class this week that a character in a novel was being 'duplicitous'. I did explain the meaning and was pleased that I was expanding their vocabularies. But one of the students asked me whether I could just learn some slang at the weekends so that they could understand me better.
'But,' I said, 'my professional duty is to extend your individualised lexicon, not encourage you in the use of non-standard varieties of linguistic choices.'
Am I not pitching things right? There were more wrinkled foreheads in that classroom than at a support group for patients whose Botox therapy had failed.
What would you call failed Botox therapy anyway? No-tox, or maybe Too-tox, or 'so-so-tox' or Too-low-tox, or ....
I will stop. Life really is too short for this guff.