20th August 1999 at 01:00
A member of my Year 6 class was searching for an example to extend a list he'd already completed, where the middle word had to be supplied. For example, black (bird) cage.

When asked to read out his own example, he contributed: lollipop ( ) get out.

The class, racking its collective brain, could only come up with "man", but didn't consider "man get out" appropriate as it wasn't a word.

Nick insisted it was right -- lollipop man and man get out: it was in the dictionary and it was one word. Of course it was: mangetout.

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