When students write

The business of writing can get too serious at times. This list isn’t original with me but it made me smile today. Maybe you, too?

 From high school English tests:

  • Define first person.  Adam
  • Define metaphor.  Something you shout through
  • Define simile.   A picturesque way of saying what you really mean, such as calling your mother an old trout.
  • List two parts of speech.  Lungs. Air.
  • Define adverb.  The horses run vastly. This is an adverb.
  • Define an abstract noun: something you can’t see when you are looking at it.
  • Define an abstract noun: the name of something which has no existence, such as goodness.
  • Define an abstract noun: something we can think of but cannot feel, like a red-hot poker.
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