Lost in translation

26th August 2005 at 01:00
What do those job adverts really mean?

Sara Bubb offers her interpretation.

What they say

1 We offer good promotional opportunities.

2 A rare opportunity to join the staff of this school.

3 Highly disciplined school.

4 A new building is planned.

What it means

1 Few people can bear the school long enough to stay.

2 You will be the first new teacher in 10 years.

3 Teachers would bring back the cane.

4 The present one is a rat-infested ruin and it will be years before that new building is agreed.

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