Monday, November 28, 2016

What are you thankful for?

I take attendance by having the students answer a question. Seasonally themed: What are you thankful for?

"Family" came in a clear winner, closely followed by "friends" (often "family & friends"). Many people offered other sincere answers:

  • the morning sun
  • life
  • serotonin
  • an education
  • the hw deadline being pushed back
  • comedy
  • the upcoming winter vacation
  • breaks, and how soon the next one is
  • life
  • stability
  • sleep
  • naps!

Notable exceptions:
  • naps!
  • pajamas
  • corn
  • plastics
  • our reptilian overlords
I'd like to combine these into one giant, vacation-fever-dream-during-a-nap dream sequence.

This post's theme word is paragmenon, "the juxtaposition of words that have the same roots. Examples: sense and sensibility, a manly man, the texture of textile." A false future paragmenon perpetrated by misled linguists: friendly family, family friend.

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