Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 8 Aug 1996 13:42:01 -0400
On Thu, 8 Aug 1996, Jan Bemis wrote:
> This recent discussion reminded me of a conversation I had with my
> youngest son while he was first learning to spell.
> He told me: "The teacher asked if anyone knew what a silo was &
> I raised my hand. When I told her that silos are where they keep
> the missiles, she just looked at me funny & told me to check the
> definition." (Did I mention his father had been a Titan II Combat
> Crew Commander?)
Which planet was this teacher from, anyway? <G> Since the 1950s, Silo
has had the meaning of "storage/launch structures for missiles". I know
an 89-yr-old retired teacher who would recognize that definition!
> So I asked him if he had checked the dictionary, when he said no,
> I made him read the definition: "A structure used by farmers to
> hold grain."
> That REALLY confused him. "Mommy, that's an ELEVATOR!"
No, no, elevators move people from story to story in a building! <G> (I
was tempted to say floor to floor, but why pass up another opportunity
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