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Time For A Sort Out

21 Jun
Antony and Cleopatra

Image by UMTAD via Flickr

Straightening up my inbox, I discovered a pile of unanswered WordPress prompts.  I am determined to answer them all.  Eventually.

The picture is of my classroom, way back in 1982.



Write about your least favourite teacher.

I’ll call him Mr Handle, because his name was Lever.  I don’t want to use his real name because I have no wish to libel him, although I’m telling the truth.  If he’s still alive, he will be finding it hard to get a job and I don’t want to make things worse by telling you he was mean and snide and not as smart as he thought he was.

He was all of those things but the root cause of him being at the top of my Least Favourite Teacher list (or perhaps bottom of my Most Favourite Teacher list?) was that he got something wrong: I wrote an A Level English essay on Anthony and Cleopatra, in which I used the word ‘amoral’.  He marked me down because ‘there is no such word; only moral or immoral, stupid girl.’  He didn’t say that last bit but I knew he was thinking it.

I went away and checked a dictionary:



1. not involving questions of right or wrong; without moral quality; neither moral nor immoral.
2. having no moral standards, restraints, or principles; unaware of or indifferent to questions of right or wrong: a completely amoral person.
It’s from because I can’t access the OED.  But here’s the important bit:
1880–85; a6 + moral

I hadn’t made it up or imagined it; it was a real word, older than me, older than my school, almost as old as him.  Sadly, I was eighteen and scared of everything, so I didn’t take my basic school dictionary and slap him around the head with it to prove him wrong.  

I’ve never forgiven him for that lost mark.  And I didn’t take My A Level English exam until sixteen years later.  That’ll teach him.



Joke 89

21 Jun

What do cats like to eat for breakfast?

Mice Krispies.

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