If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, [I have to … for obvious reasons] then you know that on rare occasions I like to post short lists of things I hear people say in the neverending stream of chatter to which I’m exposed in my day-to-day work at a charmingly small liberal arts college. The other day I heard some female students crowing victoriously over a recent test in one of their classes …
GIRL 1: “YEAH, we RAPED that quiz!”
GIRL 2: “DUDE, you gotta stop saying that! One of these days you’re gonna offend someone who’s actually been raped!”
It’s rather amazing how invisible we OLD PEOPLE can sometimes be to the 18-22 year olds, especially when they’re walking around campus in packs. They tend to be in packs now because this is the week of final exams and projects. So they’re often in commiserative groups when going to or departing from a final. Most of the stuff these young adults say has made me laugh. Some has had the opposite effect. Then there’s the stuff you hear other not-young adults say, along with the stuff that echoes in the back of one’s own brain. Well my brain anyway. Stop me if you’ve heard any of this already …
cow in a China shop
a chip off the old blob
run the gamma
flammable as a timberbox
when I saw that a light bulb went off (in my head?)
put your money where your wallet is
don’t fear the piper
if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it’s probably a baby wildebeest
Bob’s my uncle (British)
i before e except after d
yes, as in the Bushmen of the calamari
who died and made you god?
a false choice is still a choice
superlatives are the BEST!
I would go on, but what’s the point? I’m out. Kaput. I know right? I have no stamina. And I worked on this post for over a week. Stuff either comes to me or it doesn’t. After this week I have a two week break, as the college closes for the holidays. We’re all looking forward to the time off, it’s been a very busy semester.