Apparently I accidentally talk about butts when I’m lecturing.
For example, last semester I made a statement, waited for the students to write it down, and while they were writing I wanted to qualify the statement and added the caveat, “But there’s a but at the end… which is where butts usually are…” There were giggles.
Not as many giggles, though, as there were the other night in my class when I got all punchy. Again, I made a statement which was not the whole story (will I ever learn?). I said, “There’s a big but here. I like big buts. And I cannot lie…” Lots of laughter. Well, once I had started it, I felt the need to continue. Sometimes I find myself in the middle of a sentence that I know sounds bad and the only way out is to deliberately make it sound worse. It cheers my ancient granite heart that the students of today still caught my cultural reference from oh-so-long-ago.
(Sir Mix-a-Lot is against silicone implants!)
#2 whines: My students don’t get my 1990s references. I had to dig up the Log song from Ren and Stimpy on youtube because they thought I was crazy when I started singing it. They still think I’m crazy, but at least they know I didn’t make it up. They’re also starting to not get some of my Colbert Report references that students got when I first started teaching. I’m getting old. Butt it adds to my charm, right? Oh, and generally about one person per semester gets my super nerd jokes… like the one about fighting the gazebo… or when I quote Adam from Mythbusters. Patience, how long will that take? That sort of thing.
Have you ever said anything very awkward in front of a group of people? Of course you have. Tell us about it.