thomas at thurman.org.uk
Tue Jul 6 20:12:20 EDT 2010
On Tue, Jul 06, 2010 at 04:39:24PM -0700, Jackie E Stallcup wrote:
> I couldn't have been more than 7, and I particularly recall it because I
> corrected the teacher: I capitalized Roc the way that Eager does and the
> teacher "corrected" it. So I (probably very priggishly) took the book in
> and _showed_ her that I was _right_.
You remind me of the time when I was about nine that we were reading _Five
Children and It_, already a favourite of mine, around the class.
"'Psammead' is a funny name," said the teacher, "I don't know why the
author chose it."
I put my hand up. "It's Greek," I said.
"How do you know?"
"You see where it says, 'A Sammyadd? That's Greek to me.'?"
"No," she said, "when someone says 'it's Greek to me', it means..."
"I know that," I said with as much patience as I could muster, "but it's
supposed to be a joke."
"It doesn't seem much like a joke to me," bristled the teacher.
In retrospect, it seems that I may have been an annoying child.
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