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    A Problem With Their Classification

    | USA | Language & Words, Students

    (I go to college in the northeast, which has recently had several large snowstorms. The day before had been a snow-day, and more snow is due this night. I am in an early afternoon class, chatting with a few classmates before the professor shows up.)

    Me: “It’s not supposed to snow until 11, but the school cancelled some of the more unimportant things starting from six onwards.”

    Classmate #1: “Wait, classes are cancelled from six on?”

    Me: “What? No, some events are cancelled. Sorry if you misunderstood.”

    Classmate #2: “I was confused too. You said ‘unimportant things’ and the first thing I thought was ‘classes.’”

    The Least Of Their Worries

    | Norway | Field Trip, Students

    (I’m attending university in Norway, studying archaeology. We’re on our first dig. It’s April, in middle Norway, on an island off the coast, which means we have very varying weather, but we’ve finally gotten some sunshine.)

    Classmate #1: “Ugh, this digging is killing my back.”

    Me: “At least the sun is shining.”

    (I’ve hardly said this before clouds obscure the sun.)

    Me: “Oh. At least it’s still warm.”

    (Moments later, a cold breeze comes in from the sea.)

    Me: “Uh… at least it’s not raining.”

    (It doesn’t take long before ice cold sleet starts coming down.)

    Classmate #2: *glares at me* “If you start another sentence with ‘at least,’ I will duct tape your mouth shut.”

    Me: *grins* “At least you don’t have duct tape.”

    Confiscated Candy Is A Bitter Pill To Swallow

    | San Diego, CA, USA | Food & Drink, Students

    (I’m working an aide in this class)

    Teacher: “[Student], please don’t eat in my class.”

    Male Student: *while eating a candy cane* “I’m not eating. I’m sucking, and I’m not swallowing, either.”

    (The rest of the class giggles.)

    Teacher: “That’s still eating.”

    Wildly Off About Wilde

    | Sweden | Books & Reading, Extra Stupid, Students

    (I am usually teaching Swedish at school, but since this is close to the holidays, we have a bit of art and craft.)

    Me: “So, today we’ll be reading The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde.”

    Student: “Wait, Oscar Wilde? The famous DJ?”

    Oui Oui, Pee Pee

    | Columbus, OH, USA | Language & Words, Students

    (In my sophomore French class, if you want to go to the bathroom you have to ask to do so in French.)

    Classmate: *puts her hand up*

    Teacher: “Yes, [Classmate]?”

    Classmate: “Monsieur [Teacher], puis je parle les toilettes?”

    Teacher: “Pardon?”

    Classmate: *slowly and clearly* “Puis je parle les toilettes?”

    Teacher: *trying not to laugh* “Are you sure that’s what you mean, [Classmate]?”

    Classmate: *confused and a bit miffed* “Yes. Puis je parle les toilettes? I really need to go.”

    Teacher: “… Oui.”

    (As soon as [Classmate] is gone our teacher cracks up. The rest of us are quick to follow. Our classmate had been asking if she could go talk to the toilets.)

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