Tuesday, December 11, 2007

some bunches


Jonah saw this at an elementary school in New Orleans. Maybe they REALLY want to use a definite article, but are hiding behind false modesty.

11 comments:

john said...

I b'lieve that's the indefinite article.

Maybe it's illustrating the letter A and there's one of these for every letter?

bethany said...

well, it explains why there are apples even though they don't come in bunches, but it doesn't explain the word "bunch" at all.

Malachi said...

I would assume that it is a reference to the letter grade A, indicating that, in defiance of the bell curve, all of the students gets A's.

Jon said...

Indeed, Malachi is correct. It's a pun! You wouldn't get the pun without the quotation marks, so the marks are indeed necessary.

"A group of good learners"
+
"A group of good learners who earn A's"

Jeff said...

If every student's getting an A, methinks teacher needs to make the work a little harder. It's also a pretty bad pun if half the people don't get it.

Though it's a pretty bad pun once you get it, too..

Andi said...

I agree the quotes are for the pun...but it's a lame pun, so they fail anyway.

Anonymous said...

I love how both Malachi and Jon pluralized the letter grades as "A's". And the beat goes on...

rpmason said...

Anonymous, The correct plural of A is A's. While I'm all for the demise of the "apostrope plural," in this case, it's needed so readers don't misconstued A's for the word As. Other examples: mind your p's and q's, dot your i's and cross your t's. Thankfully, DVDs, ICBMs, 1980s are increasingly becoming standard plurals.

TheJay said...

Lame pun or not, I'm glad those kids were learned good.

duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude said...

They probably put the A in quotation marks because the class is doing a unit on the letter A. Jeez.

Anonymous said...

HATE TO DO THIS, but I think the "A" is for apple.

I still think it is lameola if you can't figure it out right away.