A funny thing happened on my way out of work the other day. I learned that there existed the word suppository.
A couple of co-workers were busting a gut over something and how could I not want in on the laugh? Giggling, the English teacher managed to tell me that the school district had recently changed the writing style to be taught in the classroom.
They had gone from expository (a writing style to “inform, explain, describe, or define the author’s subject to the read”; thanks Wikipedia) to suppository.
The problem was I had no idea what that word meant, though I figured it was probably something really personal with the way my co-workers were giggling away. The only thing that kept me from asking outright was the two workmen nearby fixing something.
Call me a prude (“Prude!” says the Screwed Up Texan), but I kept quiet until we went onto other subjects and eventually took my leave. Of course, right away when I got home, I asked Google about the magic word of the day and upon learning the definition my.jaw.dropped.
“A suppository is a drug delivery system that is inserted into the rectum (rectal suppository), vagina (vaginal suppository) or urethra (urethral suppository), where it dissolves.”
(Thanks again Wikipedia!)
I’ll be honest, I laughed my butt off!
And then I shook my head and wondered who on earth would even think to call a writing style after anally inserted medicine. I mean, really, when it came time to name it, did no one honestly
know the medical definition of suppository?
Apparently so. (Screwed Up Texan interruption: They must have been related to you!)
In the meantime, I can’t help but wonder how long it’ll take the kids to figure this one out.
Thaaaat’s our school district for ya! Educating our children one word at a time.