Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Blocker


Today's post is NSFW. Apologies. I try to keep things PG around here, but I really want to tell you about this... 

"That's not what that means."

It was a rather weird Monday where I ended up covering four different classes. Fourth period it was a US history class. They were supposed to be perusing a chapter on the Cold War.

(It was next door to the class I covered the week before spring break.)

But if they were on task, this wouldn't be a very interesting post.

One girl explained to another the definition of the term "cockblocker". Or, at least, she thought it was the definition.

It was a rather literal interpretation, involving smacking/slapping a certain part of the male anatomy.

That's where I chimed in. I jump into student conversations when misinformation is being perpetuated.

"That's what it says on Urban Dictionary. I took a screenshot. Want to see?" she replied.

I did not. "Well, then Urban Dictionary is wrong." 

I trust Urban Dictionary, so I was surprised. I thought the term was fairly well-known.

Normally I would just shut this whole thing down, and I did, but I first provided the actual definition. Because they are 16 or 17 years old, and they really shouldn't get any older thinking what she said was true. (If this had been a middle school class, this whole thing would have gone very, very differently.)

Discussion finished, I pulled out my calendar to update. (I keep track of what classes I cover.)

"Are you writing this down?"

The girl then put on a brave face. She informed me that Mr. T wouldn't be surprised, and he wouldn't even need her name as he would know it originated from her.

(I hadn't planned on mentioning it, but since she asked, I realized Mr. T might enjoy the humor of the situation, so I did then make a point of including it in the note. Later.)

After school, I checked Urban Dictionary. I could not find the definition she cited. I did find several iterations of the correct definition. Check it out.

34 comments:

  1. She got that confused with CBT. ~shudders~ I don't know why anyone would want to torture that part of the male anatomy. Thanks for the giggle.

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    1. Oh, so that was a thing. My guess is she typed in the wrong term and thought... If I had looked at her screenshot, I would have found where she made the mistake, then.

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  2. Ha! Thankfully you were there to actually provide the correct definition. It's better than finding out you're wrong later on!

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    1. That's one of those things I really don't want them going into young adulthood not knowing.

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  3. I learned a new term today. I'm just glad I'm past raising teens and I'll be dead by the time the wee one is a teen (or feeble or demented and I'm sure won't be privy to learn all these things that I'll have to see if they are actual right definitions for the word).

    Never a dull moment for you!

    betty

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  4. You have always good stories in your classes ;))

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  5. I like how you handled it. A lot of adults wouldn't have done that, I don't think. I find I occasionally have to have discussions like that with my niece. All part of being the "cool" aunt. Or something...

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  6. I never would have thought that that would be a subject of conversation in class. Ha!

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    1. Then you don't want to hear about the conversation I just shut down not a half hour ago...

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  7. Only high school kids! Smart to correct them.

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  8. Well, isn't school all about education? Not only didn't I ever hear of the term but I never would have dared engage a high school teacher in a discussion....I really am glad (in a way) that times have changed, but I couldn't imagine what it will be like by the time I am a grandparent (if I ever am). Hope I'm (um...) up to it.

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    1. Oh, I butted into that conversation. Two girls were talking. I overheard.

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  9. Who knows what that girl was reading? Definitely not UD. My god, she thought it meant a LITERAL blocking...

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  10. *blink blink* How do I insert the shocked emoji face. Goodness gracious what she thought it meant. LOL

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  11. Mr. T??? I'm transported back to the 80s!

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    1. Apologies. Since I'm writing about people without their permission, I abbreviate teacher names (and use fictitious student names). His last name starts with a T.

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  12. A literal blocking would be a chastity belt. LOL

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  13. Some girls talk that way to get noticed by guys. It tiresome when you're forced to working with easy women because some of them have loud-mouths which they don't wan't to use just for talking, lol. At least you're catching them early.

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  14. Urban Dictionary is very useful. On a recent walk through the neighborhood, we found a hand-written note with all sorts of terms unknown to most folks in their 8th decade. After "translating" the note into standard English, we realized that the writer was involved in human trafficking--probably targetting a middle-school girl. We turned it over to the police. The writer provided his cell phone number so maybe the police were able to get in touch with him. :-)

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    1. That's a harrowing story. I hope they got him.

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  15. haha.....KIDS! GIRLS......Urban Dictionary!

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  16. Just think that was my err I grew up in.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Ah, the things they do to keep me entertained...

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  18. Love it. I remember in high school a girl being sent to the PE teacher by one of her friends to ask what an orgasm was. Somehow she had gotten all the way to high school and had not been exposed to this word. It was great entertainment.

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    1. Oh my. (Sadly, I don't think I knew what it meant in high school, either.)

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  19. Hilarious! I love that you addressed it and didn't just let it slide.

    I was just musing how (in my recent life in China) I had heard various stories of Chinese nationals being misinformed about sex in general. It's such a taboo subject, a lot of people grow up knowing NOTHING!

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    1. My mother has similar stories of when she was in high school. That era, they really didn't know much. She, however, was informed...

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  20. Glad you corrected the students. Looks like Urban Dictionary is the guide for the new generation! I was wondering what was the screenshot she had. Or was she was just kidding?
    In spite of plenty of authentic literature at out fingertips, there is a lot of misconception about anatomy and body. functions.

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    1. She probably had a screenshot of something, but it likely wasn't UD. I love having that resource for when the kiddos say something that I don't recognize.

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  21. I'm sure Urban dictionary is used more by parents of teens than teens themselves.

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