Friday, July 18, 2008

Friday Five

You know how we all have our own little hot-button issues that bug the ever-living crap out of us? Here are some of mine:

1. It's "iced tea", people, not "ice tea". I know it's "ice water" and that it defies logic, but it is what it is. Get it right. Write it correctly on the menu.

2. That fruity, ice-cream-like treat that isn't sorbet? It's called sherbet. SHER. BET. As in "Sure bet", NOT "Sure Burt". Only one "r" there.

3. Cheap gauzy fabric= MUSLIN, with an "N".
Member of Eastern religion=MUSLIM, with an "M".
They are not the same thing.

4. Well, I was all set to tell you about the big ol' presentation I went to about the beauty of a well-run "advisor-advisee" program, where the presenter misspelled "advisor", only to discover that "advisor" is an alternate and acceptable spelling to "adviser". Hmmph. Smarty-pants me not so smart.

5. Jargon. Especially Edu-jargon. Here are the words that will be a part of my reality for the upcoming school year:

differentiated intruction
paradigm shift
multiple intelligences
common planning
common assessment


Blogger Pissed Off said...

.99 cents is really 99/100 of a cent. That is one that drives me crazy.

7/18/2008 8:29 PM  
Blogger D. Prince said...

I have an editor friend who would love you!

7/18/2008 11:17 PM  
Blogger cupcake said...

I live in the south, and that whole "ice tea" thing is a thorn in my paw.

I have discovered, however, that southerners are stubborn and don't care. Bless their hearts.

7/19/2008 6:24 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

ICED tea. That one makes me crazy, too. I'm also unhappy about how often people confuse "less" and "fewer." Ugh.

7/19/2008 4:38 PM  
Blogger Mrs. T said...

mrs. chili~
I know! I even have started to "over-correct" on the "less and fewer" front. Oy.

7/19/2008 5:04 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

May I add to the list, too? Lol.

Mischievous: It's MISS-CHEE-VUS, not miss-chee-vee-us! The word ends with "vous," not "vIous." Hmmph. *Goes back to seething*


7/20/2008 11:40 AM  
Blogger NYC Educator said...

Thanks for catching me up on the jargon. It's always good to toss these terms about, make sure no one knows what the hell you're trying to say, and watch them avoid you, knowing you might actually understand them and reveal they don't.

7/20/2008 6:56 PM  
Blogger Adeline said...

my favorite (now probably passe) is "cultural competence".

wtf, I have heard so many definitions of this it makes my head ache.

Lately at our school it was something about positive collaborative work groups or something.

What is sad is that at one point I really wanted to be on board with everything at the school, but it seemed the pages turned so quickly in the book of school improvement and it was hard to see the plot ever advancing, just that there were always more hoops. I am sure that probably means I have a bad attitude. I don't mean to.

7/26/2008 1:46 AM  
Blogger CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

Oh, Adeline, you do have a bad attitude--but it's completely understandable!

7/26/2008 6:32 AM  
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