Sunday, November 29, 2009

You Watched *What* Kind of Movie??!

My colleague was teaching his class about the /or/ sound, and how it can be made in the English language. He asked the students to brainstorm words containing the sound. Gradually the list on the dry-erase board began to grow:

or for four core war soar poor

My colleague addressed the next raised hand, after which a little boy offered a word. Phonetically, it sounded exactly like "whore."

"Ahhh," the teacher replied, buying a moment. "Do you know what that means?"

"Not really."

"Well, can you use it in a sentence?"

"Um, well, like I watched a 'whore' movie?"

"Oh, right!" my friend replied. Smiling, he turned and added "horror" to the list.

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