So my 14 year old son’s teacher assigns each student an “unusual” word. They are to go on-line to research its etiology, and write up some kind of a poster. In her infinite wisdom, the word she assigns my son is boning.
Of course you are like me, and you immediately thought of boning up for a test, right? Yeah. Right!
My son is really sharp in many areas and has a huge vocabulary, but alternative slang definitions for boning apparently fall into one of his gaps. So he trots off to the school library to perform his assigned research. Wonder of wonders, the school system won’t let him search for boning.
My kid isn’t the most computer savvy kid, so he can’t figure out what he is doing wrong. So he calls the librarian over to find out what he’s doing wrong. Apparently her reaction was somewhat different from what he expected, as he was threatened with a detention for using school equipment to research sex-related themes. My son wasn’t clear exactly why the librarian was getting mad at him. And by then, the class period had ended.
So he comes home, and again attacks the computer, and is defeated by our parental controls. At this point, the lovely Ms. D steps in and asks what is causing the difficulty. Things get sorted out such that by the time I get home, I am greeted with a large orange poster with the work BONING in bold across the top.
I guess I need to add some more vocabulary to our nightly dinner table discussions.
Note: this is the same teacher who called kids in her class dorks, and didn’t know why that caused such hilarity, until my son informed her that that term could be interpreted as slang for penis.