It was the first day of school after summer vacation, the students had all arrived in their high school English class and were chatting away, busily making new friends.
Then, in walked a very stern looking English teacher and a hush fell over the classroom as the students scurried to their seats.
The stern teacher silently panned his gaze across all the students in his class.
After about a minute or so, he spoke…
“From the outset” he said, “I want you all to know that there are two words that are absolutely unacceptable in this classroom. You cannot use them as you recite, or in any of your papers, tests, or homework. Using these words even once, will get you a failing grade for that quarter.”
“The first one is gross, and the other one is cool.
The teacher paused for a minute, while the class remained still and silent.
He then asked his pupils “Are there any questions?”
After a few further moments of silence, this gawky teen at the back of the room raised his hand, and the teacher called upon him.
In a pubescent croaking voice, the gawky teen asked…
“So, what are they?”
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