Punctuation or Not?
My students are often asking me random questions, sometimes related to English, sometimes not.
Recently, one of my students came up to my desk to ask me a question.
“Mr. _____, what’s a colon?”
“Well, do you mean the punctuation mark?”
“No, like the part of your body.”
I had to think through how to answer this one.
“Well, it is the the part of the body that processes waste.”
I am met with a blank stare. I had to rephrase.
“It holds your poop.”
“Ah, dang. That’s gross! Wait, so what’s a colonoscopy?”
From the other side of the classroom I heard some other students look at him and laugh. They had put this poor kid up to it. Now I had to keep going.
“A colonoscopy is when a doctor sticks a tube in your butt and starts to–”
“Never mind,” said the student and walked back to his group of friends, blushing.
Sometimes I love this job.