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Words are not ambiguous

Well, I’ll never let it be said again that ELLs don’t understand that some words have very specific meanings, and must be used judiciously.

Yesterday, one of our kids (who had been truant for a couple of weeks) was brought over to our school from the high school across the street. She’d been brought there with a bunch of the high school students after the cops had busted a get together (during school hours) at a nearby house.

When she was brought over, she was drunk to the point of not being able to stand up, reeked of smoke, and was wearing her pajamas. When one of the administrators asked her why she was partying instead of in school, she very carefully responded with (paraphrased)

“It wasn’t a party. Parties have dancing. This was a kickback.”

It’s not everyday that I get to expand my vocabulary.

{ 2 } Comments

  1. Dawn | May 8, 2008 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Kickbacks with Mr. K and Ms. S are rad.

  2. Mr. K | May 8, 2008 at 8:16 pm | Permalink


    The exact thing that went through my mind was “We don’t dance at our house. That must make our gatherings ‘kickbacks’.”

    If i wasn’t sick right now, I’d schedule another one for this weekend. It’s getting to be hot tub weather.