Soundbite;Parting shots

15th May 1998 at 01:00
Many years ago I taught the-then equivalent of a Year 6 class with a very broad spread of ability. I remember one particular child, aged 10, who wasn't going to allow a minor matter such as spelling, punctuation or hand-writing to impede his literary flow.

Matthew was writing about a racing car he had received for his birthday. He asked me how to spell the word "prower".

"Prower?" I replied. "I don't think I know that word."

"Yes, you do," he replied. "Ninety miles prower!" Having completed his work, we read it together and I came across the word "fanq". Somewhat insen-sitively I asked "What's that?".

He looked at me as if I was stupid. "Fanq you," he said.

Adrian Wlyth

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