The words that jump from streams of words
That bubble through the concrete corridors of school,
Like salmon leaping, calling out for us to catch.
These words are just as rich in taste
Even though they never make the dictionary,
They tell a story of our time, its silky flesh
Delightful on our tongues. I wish that I
Could catch them all and understand
What just a few might mean. The kids all know
While I rely on Google for a bloody clue.
Part of being a teacher is being around kids and all their interesting new words. To start with I found it really annoying, but as time went on I started to become fascinated by this language that I didn’t even know about.
I guess it’s the English teacher in me that makes me so interested in how this language is used, but I seem to get abnormally excited when I can slip one of the words into my everyday life. It’s like I’ve achieved something for the day and I can rest easy once I’m done.
Yesterday, Noah was out with his friends and one of them texted me a picture of Noah in McDonalds, wearing a little paper hat. I just texted back the word ‘suss’ and apparently they all went to bits. Most of them didn’t believe that it was me.
I felt proud in a way that I probably shouldn’t given that I have a degree in Literature, but in these difficult times we must all take wins whenever we can. Yesterday I made some teenagers laugh – and it was peng :0)
P.S I also learnt the word ‘cheugy’ off the internet yesterday and it is my goal to slip it into conversation today.