So last week, I had one of my stranger interactions with one of my students. We were in the middle of a group project, and as usual I was wandering between the groups to check in on their progress.. and this is what happened:
Student: Vicki, Vicki!
Student: *holds up hand* Pen
Student: *holds up other hand* Apple. Yes?
Me: Pen, apple – ok?
Student: *slams hands together* Pen-apple.
Note at this point – he looks very proud of himself.
Me: Pen-apple? Do you mean pineapple?
Student: No, no no. Pen, yes? Apple – ringo – apple, yes? *slams hands: PENAPPLE!
Me: O-okay.. that… is cool.. but.. why?
Student: Penapple. *grins*
So at this point, I have no idea why this happened or why it was so funny. Every time I walked by his table, he slammed his hands together and said “penapple” and would burst into a fit of laughter. I remained clueless the entire week, asking my friends what he could have meant (we all concluded it was some pun on pineapple..)
And then this popped up onto my Facebook feed. I watched it by chance. The mystery was solved.
This, my friends, is why I teach English 😀