Mind Blown: A story from my Year 10 history classroom.
This morning my students were laughing as they told me the story about the black eye one young lady among them is sporting, due to accidentally being hit on the bridge of the nose with a spoon by another student.
The wielder of the spoon got to the point where he was laughing uncontrollably.
“It’s because I’m a comic genius, isn’t it?” I asked him.
Still laughing, he looked at me and almost said no, then stopped himself.
“You know, there’s no correct answer to that question!” said the student next to him.
The laughter stopped, and he said, “Yeah, I’m just not going to say anything.”
Comic genius, it is.
A blend, or portmanteau, word is one which is created by blending parts of two different words to make another.
The example posted above also carries the elements of humour, pun and cold, hard truth.
It’s been a funny old day in Australian politics.
On the front page of the national newspaper today was a picture of Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia, being “bunny-earsed” by some kid at a reception for the Diamonds, the Australian representative netball team.
I really enjoy this picture, because it looks like it’s Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition, doing it. That would be funny, too, although perhaps a bit harder to justify as an innocent prank. The second picture definitely shows that it’s a kid’s arm behind the PM.
Personally, I think someone should give that kid a knighthood, or at least a medal. With one gesture, he has summed up the feelings of many Australians. Moreover, it’s humorous and typical Aussie larrikin behaviour, without causing any harm or any significant disrespect.
Let’s face it, giving someone bunny ears in a photo has been the Australian way for generations. How many years worth of school photos do we all have where someone is doing the bunny ears, or crossing their eyes, or wearing someone else’s glasses? Those are the things that make actually getting those photos taken worthwhile.
It’s also a reminder that we are very privileged to live in a country where we can meet and mingle with our national leaders without getting tasered or spear-tackled to the ground and, in the case that we should survive that, arrested. I can’t imagine being able to get close enough to Vladimir Putin, or Kim Jong Il, for example, or daring to “bunny ears” either one of them. And taking on the POTUS bodyguards? No. No thank you. I’ll be good.
Australia really is a great country. It’s a great place to live, especially if you’ve got a bit of a sense of humour and don’t take yourself, or your politicians, too seriously.
Today I was driving in town with LMC. She was hinting heavily that she wanted to go into town and look at some shops.
I said, “We’re going down Howard Street.”
Bemused, she asked, “Howard Street?”
And I said, “Yes, Howard Street…” and as we crested the hill and she realised it continued into the main street of town, I said, “Howard you like to go down the street?”
She rolled her eyes, and then she said, “Actually that was pretty good. Did you make that up yourself?”
She smiled, thought for a moment, and said, “How odd.”
I smiled too, because that is possibly the word-nerdiest thing she’s ever said.
LMC: Hey, do you want to see something creepy?
Me: Creepier than you??
LMC: Oh, it IS me, though!
LMC: I love Bruno Mars.
Me: Are you going to marry him? *chuckle at old joke*
LMC: I’d do anything…
Me: Would you take a grenade for him?
LMC: *looks disappointed* …no.
Two boys ran to the door of the library and looked in to see which teacher was on duty.
One says to the other, “Ohhhh rats, it’s the mean one! She doesn’t let us play games on the computers!”
Both looked at me with a mixture of misery and disgust on their faces, then walked away.
Girl 1 to Girl 2, who has very long, straight hair in a ponytail and no fringe: Did you have a haircut?
Girl 2: [Flipping her ponytail over her shoulder] Yeah, I did.
Girl 3: It actually suits you.