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07:54 pm: Feigning innocence with the best of them
Much of my class time is spent with students working in their textbooks while my team teacher and I circle the room answering questions.

Today, one of the girls had quite a few questions...completely unrelated to the lesson, but since she's one of the top students in the class, I imagine she had already finished. Anyway, I think she was asking me the meaning of random song lyrics, though I don't know that for certain. In general, song lyrics can be extremely incomprehensible, especially if they were made up by a Japanese band. (I mean, really, "true heart for mystery eyes"? What the heck?) Sometimes, though...

The student asks, "What does this mean?" and points to her paper, upon which is written the following:
jerk it out


Of course, my mind immediately dives into the gutter. After I compose myself, I say, "I'm not familiar with that as a phrase, but I can tell you what the word 'jerk' means." After I explain that it could mean either "bad, mean person" or "pull," I leave her to decide for herself what it might be in context.

...She and her friend were quite excited over the idea that it meant "pull." I don't even want to guess what they were thinking.

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:June 28th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
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jerk it out

Surprisingly, the first thing that comes to my mind would be a non-gutter meaning. Something like "He jerked the pen out of my hand," maybe.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 28th, 2005 04:54 am (UTC)
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"He jerked the pen out of my hand," maybe.

<whew> You have made me feel less guilty that I may have contributed to the corruption of youth.
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From:firesign10
Date:June 28th, 2005 05:23 am (UTC)
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*sigh* I'm afraid I was in the gutter too......good job (lj user="wednesday_10_00"> for trying to raise the level of discourse! And good job also spacealien_vamp with treading the fine line of providing definition without necessarily implying context!

*goes off to snicker into her coffee*
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From:finabair
Date:June 28th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
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There is a song that that's the title to; it's not one of the more understandable ones out there, IMO, but it's probably not as bad as you feared - if you try hard you could claim it's all about being spontaneous:


Jerk It Out
by Caesars

album: 39 Minutes Of Bliss (2003)

Wind me up
Put me down
Start me off and watch me go
I'll be runnin' circles around you sooner than you know
A little off center
And I'm out of tune
Just kickin' this can along the avenue
But I'm alright

Cause it's easy once you know how it's done
You can't stop now
It's already begun
You feel it runnin' through your bones
And you jerk it out
And you jerk it out

Shut up
Hush your mouth
Can't you hear you talk too loud?
No can't hear nothin' 'cause I got my head up in the clouds
I bite off anything that I can chew
I'm chasing cars up and down the avenue
But that's ok

Cause it's easy once you know how it's done
You can't stop now
It's already begun
You feel it runnin' through your bones
And you jerk it out

Cause it's easy once you know how it's done
You can't stop now
It's already begun
You feel it runnin' through your bones
And you jerk it out
And you jerk it out

And you jerk it out
And you jerk it out
And you jerk it out
Oh baby don't you know you
Really gotta jerk it out

When you jerk it out
Oh baby don't you know you
Really gotta jerk it out
When you jerk it out
Oh baby don't you know you
Really gotta jerk it out
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 29th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
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but it's probably not as bad as you feared - if you try hard you could claim it's all about being spontaneous:

Well, that's certainly a relief.
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From:kataren
Date:June 28th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
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(I mean, really, "true heart for mystery eyes"? What the heck?)

You mean nobody knows? Shame, it's a nice song.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 28th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC)
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Shame, it's a nice song.

I really like the song. But the English in it makes very little sense.
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From:kataren
Date:June 28th, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Heh, been meaning to ask...who's that in your icon? Looks familiar. 0.o
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 29th, 2005 12:24 am (UTC)
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Heh, been meaning to ask...who's that in your icon? Looks familiar.

That would be Tomoyo from CardCaptor Sakura.
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From:kataren
Date:June 29th, 2005 01:01 am (UTC)
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Tomoyo? Didn't recognize her. ^^;;

*looks at this icon* Please stop taunting my non-functional brain. T_T I should know this guy, darn it. *squints*
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 29th, 2005 04:48 am (UTC)
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I should know this guy, darn it.

<g> This time it's Touya...but from Tsubasa instead of CCS.
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